KTT (knowledge and technology transfer)
Compared to other nations, Switzerland possesses outstanding research institutions. They make an essential contribution to the innovative capacity of Swiss industry. Knowledge and technology transfer is what brings the benefits of research findings to life in products and processes at a corporate level. Swissmem works actively to ensure that the potential embodied in knowledge and technology transfer is utilized throughout the MEM industries.
If companies are planning specific innovation projects, Swissmem can offer its members free support from an innovation consultant. The focus here is on setting innovation projects off on the right track. The consultants can provide information on possible funding tools and investigate potential project partners at research institutions or other companies.
Corporate innovation can be boosted by a sound operating framework. One basic prerequisite for innovative strength and capability is highly educated employees on all rungs of the qualification ladder. SMEs, especially, are not usually able to maintain an in-house development department. They therefore depend on having dedicated and creative employees. Swissmem is committed to the continuous improvement of education at all levels. The excellence of Swiss research can only be maintained if universities are able to expand their international networks and gain sufficient funding in a manner that is as competitive as possible. Funding tools must evolve in line with needs and have commensurate resource input. And, ultimately, companies must be able to invest enough money in innovation. This is where additional tax breaks for R&D investments can help.