List of the 3 largest construction suppliers in Switzerland
Some of the world’s leading construction suppliers are based in Switzerland. Below we briefly present the three largest companies to give you an idea of the companies included in our list.
1. Holcim Ltd, Zug: CHF 23.1 billion sales (2020)
Holcim, headquartered in Zug, is one of the largest building materials groups in the world. It maintains plants and production facilities worldwide in the concrete, aggregates and cement product groups. With net sales of CHF 23.1 billion in 2020, the company is one of the country’s top-selling companies. After the two building materials producers Holcim and Lafarge merged in 2015, the Group was renamed LafargeHolcim. In 2021, this step was reversed and the company is once again operating under the name Holcim Ltd, with Lafarge and Holcim as separate brands.
2 Schindler Aufzüge AG, Ebikon: CHF 10.6 billion sales (2020)
Schindler Aufzüge is one of the largest employers in the canton of Lucerne and is one of the most successful Swiss companies worldwide. Schindler’s elevators and escalators are used all over the world, making the Group one of the most relevant construction suppliers in Europe. In addition to the production of elevators and escalators, the company is also active in the servicing of its products.
3. Sika AG, Lausanne, Baar: CHF 7.9 billion (2020)
Sika is a company from the specialty chemicals sector. Particularly in the segments of construction chemical product systems and industrial sealants and adhesives, the Baar-based company is one of the most relevant players worldwide and is thus also one of the largest construction suppliers in Switzerland. Its comprehensive product range includes concrete admixtures, specialty mortars, damping materials, floor coatings, roof waterproofing membranes and other chemical products for construction. Sika is present in more than 100 countries and has hundreds of production sites.
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The industry at a glance
The construction supply industry is closely linked to the real estate industry. Every newly constructed building, every real estate project, every renovation requires a wide range of construction materials. Be it the concrete for the building structure, the elevator to reach the higher floors, sanitary products to equip the bathrooms or home automation products.
All these products are distributed nationally and internationally by the largest building suppliers in Switzerland. Our list of the top-selling Swiss construction supply companies provides a unique overview of Switzerland’s largest companies in the industry.
Sectors of the Swiss construction supply industry
As already mentioned, construction suppliers are active in all sub-sectors that are necessary for the construction of a building. In the following, we provide an insight into the most important sub-sectors of Swiss building suppliers.
Building components: Windows, doors, floor systems, etc.
An integral part of the building supply industry is represented by manufacturers who supply finished building components. An important component here are Swiss suppliers of windows, doors and flooring systems. A good example is 4B AG, which sees itself as a specialist for windows and facades. The product range includes window systems and sliding doors. The focus here is on wood-metal and plastic solutions.
Electronics and building automation
Power supply to buildings has always been important. Intelligent socket systems and cabling play a major role here. The increasing share of e-cars is also creating new challenges and changing product demand for suppliers in this area. Home automation in connection with the networked home, the so-called “smart home”, also plays a role. The leading Swiss supplier ABB, for example, offers its “Busch-free@home” building control solutions for this purpose.
Construction chemicals and fastening technology
Often hidden from the observer’s eye, but nevertheless essential, are the suppliers of construction chemicals and fastening technology. Construction chemicals are used at various points in the construction process, whether for bonding solutions or surface technology.
Building materials: gravel, concrete and more
Building materials play an elementary role, especially in the basic structure of construction. The most important building material of all is concrete. Concrete combines the binding agent cement as well as aggregate and added water. The composite material serves as the basic structure for the majority of buildings.
Sanitary products, fittings and kitchens
No building should be without sanitary products. One of the world market leaders in this segment is Geberit International AG from Rapperswil-Jona. It offers a broad product portfolio ranging from entire bathroom series to installation products and piping systems. This includes washbasin fittings, bathtubs and urinal systems. Numerous kitchen manufacturers are also based in Switzerland and are important in the industry.
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Our list of the largest construction suppliers in Switzerland is a unique overview of this relevant Swiss industry. The dataset contains all relevant players and is available for easy purchase through our online store. Directly after payment, you will receive a download link to the Excel list, which you may use for an unlimited period of time. In the list of the largest Swiss construction suppliers, you will find not only the company names, but also general contact details, the names of the management as well as information on the companies’ field of activity. This makes regional or thematic segmentation easy, and you can use the data directly to attract potential partners. The information on turnover and employees is also practical, provided that this data is publicly available. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to support you with our list.
Locations of the firms contained in our database
On the map to your left, each construction supplier in our list is represented by a dot. This allows interesting insights into our list of the largest construction suppliers in Switzerland. The companies in our list are mainly located in the regions of Espace Mittelland, Northwestern Switzerland, Central Switzerland, Zurich, and Northern Eastern Switzerland.
Included information in this database
- Company name, legal form and parent company (if there are unified consolidated financial statements)
- General contact details (address incl. major region and canton, e-mail address, telephone number, URL, names of management)
- Segmentation by industry and field of activity
- If publicly available via annual report or similar: sales figures for 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 and number of employees for the last three years
The enterprises in our list are located in these regions
Central Switzerland has the most companies in our list, with 25. Central Switzerland is followed by Zurich with 21 companies, Northwestern Switzerland with 19 companies and Eastern Switzerland with 18 companies.
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