Responsible: BOËR Claudio
CTI-International e Head of WG-ManuFuture-CH
Homepage: www.manufuture.ch

1 – General Information

TP Name

ManuFuture-CHSwiss Manufuture



Contact person (coordinator)

Claudio R. Boër
Tel: +41-79-2502125
E-mail: cboer@cti-international.org

2 – Coordinating institution

CTI – Commission for Technology and Innovation
Technical Secretary : Rainer Zust, Inspire AG, ETHZ – zuest@inspire.ethz.ch

3 – Technical objectives

The mission of the Swiss ManuFuture Technological Platform is consistent with the EU mission, while
adapting it to specific issues of the Swiss manufacturing sector and MEM industries, and actively pursuing its
implementation. In particular, the Swiss ManuFuture TP will address the following main issues:
– Increasing support for R&D and closing the gap between long-term basic research and short term
product-oriented R&D
– Efficient promotion of innovation and rapid technology transfer
– Enhancing intra- and inter-company organisation, operation and collaboration
– Manufacturing education and training at all skill levels
– Promotion and positive image building of the Swiss manufacturing sector

In more details the Swiss ManuFuture-Ch is divided in 5 Initiative Working Groups (IWG):
– Broad information about the importance of manufacturing for our country:
Manufacturing and industry have a bad reputation among the Swiss population – unjustly so! It is precisely
in the field of ecology and working quality that a great deal has been done in the last few years. With
Swiss ManuFuture we intend to show how important the 2nd sector is for the future of our country.
– Training for Manufacturing:
We aim to develop a coherent vision supported by all affected groups for all manufacturing-related jobs
and job areas. This should include a critical look at, and, if considered sensible, implementation of, new
syllabuses, new teaching methods as well as new forms of co-operation between Industry and educational
– Research and development for innovative products and manufacturing:
Research and development are the roots of innovation. Today the SNF focuses its supportive activities on
projects in pure research, while CTI promotes projects in Applied Research and Development (aR&D) as
well as in companies. In close collaboration with SNF and CTI, a bridge should be built between pure
research and applied research and development.
– Organisational concepts, management models – fusing the concepts, competition and cooperation
– often called «coopetition»:

To stand up to the test of global competition, new forms of cooperation is required. Feasible models should
be developed and subjected to close scrutiny. At the same time, it is important to analyse how existing
rules with regard to protection of intellectual property can be amended in order to enable and make
attractive new forms of cooperation based on innovative inventions.
– Innovation-promoting initiatives for Switzerland as a manufacturing centre:
In order to get Swiss Industry and thus Switzerland generally on a steadier course of innovation, certain
basic conditions set by politicians must be fulfilled. The existing basic conditions must be critically
examined and possibilities for improvement devised.

4 – Relevance to nation economy

In Switzerland there are over 317’800 companies with 3.7 million employees; the approximately 307’000
companies with less than 250 employees, the Smaller and Middles Enterprises (SMEs), represent 96.6 % of
the total.
Currently in Switzerland there are approximately 76,000 companies with around one million employees still
operating in the manufacturing sector. With some 300,000 permanently employed workers and accounting for
42 % of Switzerland’s total exports volume (59 billion Swiss francs) the mechanical, electrical and metal
industries (known in German by the abbreviation MEM) play a central role in the Swiss economy. Therefore,
Swiss ManuFuture will concentrate on the MEM sector.

5 – Sectors within the TP

The Swiss ManuFuture will concentrate on the so called MEM industries that is the mechanical, electrical and
metal industries.
The MEM industries, together with related fields such as information and communication technologies also
develop high performing production facilities for numerous other industrial sectors, such as the agricultural,
automobile, chemical-pharmaceutical, electronic, food and textile industries. Considering this additional
enabling function, the Swiss ManuFuture Platform will focus on MEM industries1.

1 Source of information: SwissMEM association, Zurich.

6 – ManuFuture pillars tackled by the TP

– New, added-value products and services: Yes
– New business models: Yes
– New advanced industrial engineering: Yes
– New emerging manufacturing science and technologies: Yes
– Transformation of existing R&D and education infrastructure to support world-class manufacturing: Yes

7 – Research & Development activities

At EU level:
The Swiss researchers and research institutions are well present in many European projects and it would be
difficult to list them all. However we can say that Swiss research in manufacturing technologies is present both
in ICT and NMP areas of the EC. Also the presence in the Eureka-FACTORY umbrella is very strong.

At international level:
The Swiss research institutions and companies are also very much involved into the IMS Intelligent
Manufacturing Systems
program where all the developed countries are preparing the vision and research on
manufacturing for the years 2020.

At national level:
There are two main funding bodies for research in Switzerland : NSF (National Science Foundation) mainly
funding fundamental research and the CTI (Commission for Technology and Innovation) mainly funding
applied research. Both institutions fund projects in the area of manufacturing engineering with different rules.
ManuFuture-CH will try in particular to bridge the two institutions creating a way for researchers to go in a
more smoothly way from fundamental to applied research.

Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) YES
If the SRA exists, please attach it.
For the moment there is a Vision and Action Plan.
The National SRA (called in Switzerland MCHAP) will be ready end of June beginning of July 2007

8 – Stake holders

At the moment:
– more than 35 individual companies have signed a letter of support,
– the SwissMEM national association for mechanical, electrical and metal industries is supporting
– the institutes doing research on manufacturing at ETHZ and EPFL are participating,
– the 7 Universities of Applied Sciences are involved
– several other individual , private or public institutions are working on the TP
Furthermore CTI is strongly supporting the platform and also the State Secretariat for the Education and

Interaction with global companies:

9 – Geographical localization (map, localization of participants):

Almost all universities have some form of research and education in manufacturin g technologies and
manangement and they are participating to ManuFuture-CH. The red dot are the Cantonal Universities,
the green are the two Federal Institutes and the 7 blues are the Universities of Applied Sciences.


10 – Interactions with other NRTPs

For the moment there are not yet any form of official interactions with other NRTPs

11 – Special national programmes

At present there are no special programmes for manufacturing technologies.

12 – Funding instruments

– CTI Commission for Technology and Innovation
– NSF National Science Foundation
– Other cantonal institutions