Central Switzerland is one of the seven major regions of Switzerland. It consists of the six cantons of Lucerne, Zug, Uri, Schwyz, Obwalden, and Nidwalden. The most important and largest cities of the greater region are Lucerne and Zug. Many engineering companies have their headquarters in Central Switzerland. We present the largest 3 here. All 3 companies are part of our list of the largest mechanical engineering companies in Switzerland.
- Contains the 100 top-selling mechanical engineering companies from Switzerland that are active in numerous subdivisions such as machine tools, packaging machinery, construction machinery, industrial equipment, textile machinery, etc.
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1. Schindler Aufzüge AG, Ebikon: CHF 10.6 billion turnover
Schindler Aufzüge is a world leader in the manufacture of elevators, escalators and moving walks. The company was founded in 1874 and initially produced agricultural machinery. Schindler Aufzüge is the core company of the Schindler Group, which is managed by Schindler Holding AG in Hergiswil. In addition to elevators and escalators, logistics and sales in the ICT sector form a further mainstay. This is the responsibility of Also-Actebis Holding AG, in which Schindler holds a (minority) interest. The Schindler Group employs around 64,000 people, 58,000 of whom work at Schindler Aufzüge.
2. OC Oerlikon Management AG, Freienbach: CHF 2.3 billion in sales
OC Oerlikon started in 1903 as the Oerlikon machine tool factory. Today, its business model is broader. It is divided into the “Surface Solutions” (materials and surface solutions) and “Manmade Fibers” (production technologies for synthetic fibers and polycondensation systems) divisions. In the “Manmade Fibers” division, OC Oerlikon is active as a plant manufacturer. Oerlikon products find customers in the automotive, aerospace and wind energy industries, in toolmaking and in additive manufacturing (3D printing). The group employs around 10,600 people. The largest shareholder, with a good 41 percent stake, is Liwet Holding, owned by Russian investor Vekselberg. Also, printing solar cells is getting a relevant topic.
3. Schweiter Technologies AG, Horgen: CHF 1.2 billion in sales
The history of Schweiter Technologies began in 1850 with mechanical looms for the silk industry in Horgen. The company has existed as a public limited company since 1912, and its traditional textile machinery division (SSM Textile Machinery) was sold to the Rieter Group in 2017. Since then, Schweiter Technologies has focused on its second main pillar, the production of composite materials. In parallel with the sale of the textile machinery division, the Irish company Athlone Extrusions was acquired – also a composite manufacturer. Target markets are display, architecture, wind energy, marine, transportation and industrial. Production includes plastic and lightweight panels as well as aluminum composite panels. Schweiter Technologies employs approximately 4,300 people.
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