Internationally successful, based in Switzerland
The engineering, electrical and metal industry occupies a key position in the Swiss national economy: it is the largest industrial employer, with approximately 320,000 employees and contributes 31 percent of the goods exported from Switzerland, with exports at a value of CHF 63 billion (2015).
Today, the engineering, electrical and metal industry represents itself as an unquestionably high-tech sector with many facets. It influences all spheres of life and the economy, from homes and mobility to health and safety, including nutrition. Many companies in the Swiss engineering, electrical and metal industry occupy an internationally leading role in their sub-sectors. Successes in the foreign markets make a decisive contribution to the Swiss context for work and thought in this way.
The sector in context
The engineering, electrical and metal industry represents the largest industrial sector in Switzerland. The industry contributed 18 per cent to the gross domestic product in 2012; the proportion of the added value of the engineering, electrical and metal industry corresponded to 9 per cent.