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  • TOGETHER WE WILL BUILD THE VALAIS OF TOMORROW

  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) 8

    Life sciences 12

    Engineering sciences 18

    The Valais, land of innovation 22

    Investing in the Valais, to reach the very top 24

    Business Valais 26

    Links and useful addresses 28

    Introduction 5

    Services of Business Valais 6

    The Valais in figures 7

    Contents

  • Etat du Valais, Francois Perraudin

  • ocated in the heart of the Alps and in the

    centre of Europe, the canton of Valais is

    one of the most promising cantons, when

    it comes to innovation.

    Borders shared with France and Italy facilitate ac-

    cess to the European market. The cantonal French

    and German bilingualism and the direct connection

    with the North, represent an undeniable benefit in

    reaching the German market.

    Close to the main European international airports

    (Geneva, Zurich, Milan), the canton is strategically

    placed for business development.

    This competitiveness is the reflection of a stable,

    macroeconomic environment, highly qualified staff

    and low operational costs which offer many oppor-

    tunities to companies.

    Its economic fabric is made up of more than 27,000

    companies. In order to help companies to set up

    and expand, many technology parks accommodate

    companies and start-ups in the ICT, life sciences and

    engineering sciences sectors.

    Innovation and competitiveness make up the philoso-

    phy of the Valais economy. Companies owe this abili-

    ty to innovate and unrelentingly reinvent themselves,

    on the one hand, to the new technologies and skills

    which research institutes make available to them, and

    on the other hand, to ease the collaboration with the

    Universities of Applied Sciences (aR&D).

    Introduction

    Beyond its great business potential, Valais offers a

    unique environment to its inhabitants. With 41 sum-

    mits, over 4,000 metres high, and enjoying 300 days

    of sun per year, Valais is a major tourist destination

    in Switzerland. Thanks to its traditions and customs,

    the canton has a varied schedule of cultural events,

    from music alpine feasts and events for food-lovers.

    Its very culture plays a part in transporting the Valais

    image beyond the Swiss borders. As an example, the

    Pierre Gianadda Foundation, the Pierre Arnaud

    Foundation or the INTERFACE Company are bodies

    of international standing.

    Shaped by the women and men who give life to their

    region, Valais is a land of passion and inspiration, with

    a promising future, a great place to live.

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  • Under its Board of Directors, presided by the Ministery of

    Economy, Energy and Spatial development, Jean-Michel Cina,

    Business Valais brings together in the same body, all the Valais

    actors in economic promotion. One single representative thus

    means that the quick support and efficient responses to differ-

    ent requests from project leaders are on offer.

    Services of Business Valais

    At the service of companies and entrepreneurs, Business

    Valais provides a wide range of professional and personalised

    services together with partners, as regards company support

    and coaching, fundraising, technological transfer, training, net-

    working and plenty of other services.

    www.business-valais.ch

    SEARCH FOR SOLUTIONS

    ADAPTED TO COMPANY

    PROBLEMS

    SUPPORT WITH CARRYING OUT

    AN INNOVATIVE PROJECT

    WITHIN AN EXISTING

    COMPANY

    PERSONALISED SUPPORT IN

    CREATING A COMPANY

    FINANCIAL SUPPORT IN

    CREATING COMPANIES IN

    VALAIS

    CHFCHFCHF

    FACILITATION IN SETTING

    UP EXTERNAL COMPANIES

    IN VALAIS

    ORGANISATION AND

    NETWORKING OF ECONO-

    MIC ACTORS

    IN THE CANTON

    HELP IN UPGRADING NEW

    TECHNOLOGIES

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  • Valais/Wallis Promotion, Thomas Andenmatten

    Valais in figures

    NUMBER OF INHABITANTS

    327011 VALAIS GDP (MILLION CHF)

    18072* NUMBER OF COMPANIES ESTABLISHED

    27677 NUMBER OF JOBS

    166393 UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

    4%

    Source: Le Valais en chiffres (2014) (Valais in figures (2014)), Cantonal office of statistics and equalisation.*Le PIB romand BCVs (2014) (GDP in French-speaking Switzer-land, according to BCVs)

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  • Our areas of expertise

    Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

    Information and communication technology (ICT) feeds the

    whole of society and simplifies our daily life in many areas:

    the efficiency of information exchange, the networking and

    traffic reduction, the use of energy, the creation of learning

    and training tools, the processing of medical data etc.

    These different applications open promising perspectives of

    improvement in our daily activities as for our economy.

    In Valais, the ICT sector is already well set up, since the

    first centre in Switzerland, dedicated to information and

    communication technologies was created in our canton, in

    1988, and henceforth enjoyed international recognition.

    Valais positions itself in the following sectors:

    Software Engineering

    Internet

    Business Intelligence & Process Management

    Human & Media Computing

    RFID

    ICT in Valais

    363 Number of companies 726 Number of employeesSource: Federal Office of Statistics, companies with a 62 and 63 Noga code.(2011 figures)

    eGovernmenteEnergy eHealth ERP eServices

    BPM

    Cloud Computing

    Data Intelligence

    Ergonomy, Usability

    Intelligent Agents

    Internet of Things

    Medical Information Processing

    Semantic

    Software Engineering

    Source: www.hevs.ch

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  • THE VALAIS COM-

    PANY, KEYLEMON, HAS

    MADE MAN-MACHINE

    INTERACTION ITS

    SPECIALITY.

    Etat du Valais, Jean-Yves Glassey

  • Etat du Valais, JeanYves Glassey

  • 5 REPRESENTATIVE COMPANIES:

    T2i, Sierre, around 140 employeeswww.groupet2i.com

    BBT Software, Zermatt, around 43 employeeswww.bbtsoftware.ch

    Cortex IT, Monthey, around 30 employeeswww.cortex-it.ch

    La Gestion Electronique (LGE), Martigny,around 30 employeeswww.winbiz.ch

    Alro Engineering SA, Martigny,around 30 employeeswww.alro.ch

  • Life sciences

    As regards life sciences, Valais can move mountains. Indeed,

    the canton, imbued with a strong industrial tradition, has

    many active multinational, SME and start-up companies in

    the fine chemistry and biotechnologies sector.

    Valais owes these developments to well-known large chemi-

    cal companies, like Lonza, which have fostered, for almost 50

    years, the establishment of the first pharmaceutical compa-

    nies, as they found their basic inputs in Valais.

    Different areas make up life sciences:

    Biotechnologies, Pharma, Chemistry

    Cosmetic industry

    Medical diagnostics

    Agribusiness industry (phytoceutical and nutraceutical)

    Diversified production extends out from active pharma-

    ceutical ingredients, going through the manufacturing of

    pigments, but also detonating cords used for Ariane 4 & 5

    rockets and optical brighteners.

    These industries have an important place in the cantons

    economy, since 348 active companies in these different

    sectors are established there, and employ more than 8,200

    people.

    Even taken in its strictest sense, life sciences generate a

    total added value of more than 1.7 billion francs per year for

    the Valais economy.

    A real link between science and the market is the BioArk

    technological site based in Monthey, which is dedicated to

    life sciences. A unique technological platform, having cGMP

    standards, the site is positioned for specific clinical trials

    and batch production.

    BioArk II, located in Vige, is positioned for the innovation

    sector, for fill & finish activities.

    Life sciences in Valais

    348 8'207Number of companiesSource: Federal Office of Statistics, companies with a 10, 11, 20, 21, 266, 325 Noga code.(2011 figures).

    Number of employees

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  • Etat du Valais, Valsynthse

    CHEMICAL

    OPERATIONS IN

    VALSYNTHESE SAs

    LABORATORIES.

    Diagnosticsystems

    Food and natural products

    Life and bioresource technologies

    Peptide and protein technologies

    Analytical chemistry & biochemistry

    Cell-based assays

    Bioengineering

    Diagnostics

    Downstream processing

    Food processing

    Microbiology

    Molecular biology

    Peptides and peptidomimetics

    Phytoresources

    Sensory analysis

    Our areas of expertise

    Source: www.hevs.ch

  • Etat du Valais, Cline Ribordy

    Valais has unique technological sites enhancing exchanges

    and contributing to innovation in the cosmetics, health and

    phytopharmaceutical sectors.

    Amongst these technological sites, the PhytoArk centre,

    dedicated to enhancing natural ingredients, opens up great

    opportunities for the canton and the whole alpine plant

    value chain.

    Thanks to PhytoArk, Valais benefits from a cluster of excel-

    lence for enhancing its plantlife in products with high added

    value.

    Currently, the market trend is with products incorporating

    plant extracts. With production sites spread out across the

    whole canton, the region benefits from the establishment of

    many large companies from the fine chemistry and biotech-

    nologies sector.

    The largest section of Swiss aromatic and medicinal plant

    production (70%), particularly used in cosmetics, is gener-

    ated in Valais.

    Valais, from which large projects are built, above all, is a

    breeding ground for entrepreneurship, rooted in industrial

    tradition.

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  • PACKAGING IN

    ARVAL SAs

    LABORATORY.

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  • Thanks to a large number of research institutes, spread

    out over the whole of the canton, to the presence of

    leading groups, like BASF Pharma, Lonza BioPharma and

    Debiopharm research, as well as a solid network of Life

    Sciences SMEs or start-ups, Valais has become a incontro-

    vertible health cluster.

    The Life Sciences industry is a thriving sector, thanks to de-

    velopments which enable a better understanding of pathol-

    ogies, but especially thanks to new, more sophisticated,

    diagnostic technological approaches, suited to the needs of

    personalised medicine.

    The Valais start-up, Augurix, active in the design, manufac-

    ture and commercialisation of medical diagnostics systems,

    has developed a test which can diagnose sufferers of coeliac

    disease, more commonly called gluten intolerance.

    The start-up, BioKaizen, is developing biological markers, or

    biomarkers, which will enable almost twenty-five pathol-

    ogies to be detected, such as prostate or breast cancers,

    based on each users metabolism.

    Valais companies are a key player in a market worth sever-

    al tens of billions of francs. They benefit from a short in-

    novation development process, and can take advantage of

    promising business opportunities in the medical diagnostics

    sector.

    5 REPRESENTATIVE COMPANIES:

    Lonza Ltd, Vige,around 2'890 employeeswww.lonza.com

    Syngenta SA, Monthey, around 800 employeeswww.syngenta.com

    Cosmotec SA, Vouvry, around 40 employeeswww.cosmotec.ch

    Debiopharm SA, Martigny,around 130 employeeswww.debiopharm.com

    Bachem SA, Vionnaz,around 120 employeeswww.bachem.com

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  • Engineering sciences

    Thanks to its rivers, mountain lakes and glaciers, Valais has

    been able to benefit from its topography and therefore its

    natural rightfulness to play a leading role in hydroelectrical

    production. It ensues from this, that the Valais authorities

    have made energy one of the main strands of their economic

    development policy. Currently, 30% of Swiss hydroelectric

    energy is produced in Valais.

    Valais is a key player in the following sectors:

    Energy and environmental techniques (renewable ener-

    gies, Smart Grid)

    Industrial systems (mechanics, design materials, electrici-

    ty, electronics)

    It is quite naturally, that the Swiss Federal Institute of

    Technology Lausanne (EPFL) has set up in Valais its new uni-

    versity campus, Energypolis, of which energy is at the heart

    of its activity. The projects plans for the implementation of 11

    EPFL chairs in the energy sectors.

    The canton has built upon its natural resources and its know-

    how to produce high value aluminium products for more

    than 100 years. The metallurgic company, Constellium, is the

    leading player in the sector.

    Engineering sciences in Valais

    491 Number of companiesSource: Federal Office of Statistics, companies with a 24 to 28, 32 and 35 to 39 Noga code. (2011 figures)

    10156 Number of employees

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  • Alain Herzog / EPFL

    History of modern Valais is intertwined with the develop-

    ment of its industry.

    Mechanical industry plays an important role in the can-

    tons economy. Several engineering sciences companies are

    set up here. The diversified areas of activity go from elec-

    tronic items, to the manufacture of watch mechanisms and

    from electric tools to aluminium moulds and cutting-edge

    microtechnics.

    Only a few large companies, active in micromechanics

    or microtechnics are established in the canton. However,

    Valais SMEs are important subcontractors for these large

    companies, and their collaboration with multiple research in-

    stitutes in the canton enables the development of innovative

    solutions, which bring an added value to the Valais economy.

    Recognised in Switzerland and abroad as one of the leaders

    in the microtechnics sector, the Valais company, Mimotec

    SA, manufactures microcomponents by means of a new

    technique called UV-Liga. A shining example of innovation,

    this method enables a level of precision in the micron range,

    which is interesting for fine watchmaking, but also medicine

    and manufacturers of measuring equipment.

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  • Sigatec

    Renewableenergy Smart grids

    Development ofinstruments

    Hydroelectricity

    Power Electronics and Drives

    Energy Efficiency

    Smart Grid

    Automation and Regulation

    Data Processing

    Embedded Communication Systems

    Instrumentation and Control Systems

    Mechanical Engineering

    Powder Technology and Advanced Materials

    Green Chemistry

    When establishing our company, we contacted Business Valais, in order to examine the

    best possible supports matching our activity. Business Valais staffs understanding of

    our needs was very professional, as was the personalised and effective plan of action.

    Each company is different. For Sigatec, solutions in terms of taxation, marketing sup-

    port or networking with academic environments have been developed.

    How to define Business Valais ? Business Valais is a little invisible hand, which guides

    small and large growing Valais companies towards their success.

    Our company, Sigatec, is active in silicon component manufacturing technologies. Our

    main applications and our clients are from the luxury watchmaking, aerospace and bi-

    otechnology sectors.

    Marc-Andr GlasseyCEO Sigatec SA , Sion

    TE STI M O NY

    Our areas of expertise

    Source: www.hevs.ch

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  • Etat du Valais, Sigatec

    5 REPRESENTATIVE COMPANIES:

    Scintilla, St-Niklaus,around 480 employeeswww.scintilla.ch

    Hydro Exploitation, Sion, around 450 employeeswww.hydro-exploitation.ch

    Novelis, Sierre, around 380 employeeswww.novelis.ch

    Lauber IWISA AG, Naters,around 165 employeeswww.lauber-iwisa.ch

    Studer Innotec, Sion,around 55 employeeswww.studer-innotec.com

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  • Monthey

    ContheySion

    Martigny

    Sierre

    Vige

    Brig

    THE ARK SITES

    BioArk, Monthey

    IdeArk, Martigny

    PhytoArk, Sion-Conthey

    TechnoArk, Sierre

    BioArk, Vige

    Energypolis, Sion

    www.theark.ch

    Valais a land of innovation.

  • Monthey

    ContheySion

    Martigny

    Sierre

    Vige

    Brig

    AR&D INSTITUTESHES-SO VALAIS / WALLIS

    Information Systems Institute, Sierre

    Entrepreneurship & Management Institute, Sierre

    Tourism Institute, Sierre

    Life Technologies Institute, Sion

    Systems Engineering Institute, Sion

    www.hevs.ch

    OTHER ORGANISATIONS

    Campus Energypolis

    (EPFL Valais/Wallis, HES-SO Valais/Wallis, The Ark

    Foundation), Sion

    IRO, Sion

    IDIAP, Martigny

    IRR, Sion

    CREM, Martigny

    Icare, Sierre

    http://valais.epfl.ch/energypolis

    www.irovision.ch

    www.idiap.ch

    www.irr-valais.ch

    www.crem.ch

    www.icare.ch

  • Etat du Valais, Francois Perraudin

    Investing in Valais,to reach the very top

    Valais is known for its grandiose landscapes, its exceptional

    weather, its lively traditions and many local products. The

    canton is also recognised as a cluster for technology, ap-

    plied research and innovation. At the heart of Europe, at the

    crossroads of communication, at the interface of cultures

    and languages, Valais offers a front line technological park,

    specialising in information and communication technology

    sciences, life sciences and engineering sciences.

    Companies which choose to set themselves up in Valais

    benefit daily from a setting suitable for creativity and pro-

    ductivity. The canton of Valais enjoys attractive labour costs,

    interesting prices for land and the property portfolio, as well

    as an advantageous cost of energy.

    The accessibility to decision-making authorities greatly eases

    companies administrative processes. Business Valais is at

    the service of entrepreneurs and project leaders; Business

    Valais processes your requests and makes experienced Case

    Managers available, for free of charge, to advise you in all the

    processes required to achieve your idea.

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  • Business Valais

    Economic development office

    www.vs.ch

    CimArk SA

    www.cimark.ch

    Centre de Comptences Financires SA

    www.ccf-valais.ch

    Office Valaisan de Cautionnement

    www.ovac.ch

    Antenne Rgions Valais romand

    www.regionsvalaisromand.ch

    Regions-und Wirtschaftszentrum Oberwallis AG

    www.rw-oberwallis.ch

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  • Couverture: FDDM, Christian Laubacher

    Business Valais, October 2015

  • Business Valais

    Maison de Courten

    Place St. Thodule | CH-1950 Sion

    +41 27 606 73 90

    [email protected]

    www.business-valais.ch

    Business Valais

    @businessvalais

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