Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology

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TypeS.A. (corporation)
IndustryAstrophysics, Automation, Energy, Food, Healthcare, Information and communications technology, Life sciences, Photovoltaics, Security, Space, Transportation, Watchmaking
HeadquartersNeuchâtel, Switzerland.
Key people
Alexandre Pauchard (CEO), Claude Nicollier (Chairman)
ServicesSmall series production, R&D, IP, Consulting, Prototyping
Revenue89 million CHF[1]
Number of employees

The CSEM is a Swiss research and development centre (R&D) active in the fields of precision manufacturing, digitalization, and renewable energy.[2] It follows a public-private not-for-profit partnership model. CSEM develops and transfers technologies that are considered relevant in progressing the Swiss national economy. CSEM is a R&D Center of Science and technology in Switzerland.


CSEM’s mission is to develop and transfer technologies to the industrial sector to reinforce the sector’s competitive advantage. It works towards building ties between higher education institutions and partners in Industry, and aims to help entrepreneurs with the creation of start-up companies. CSEM’s headquarters are located in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. It also has three regional research and development centers in the Swiss cities of: Muttenz, Alpnach and Landquart, and an office at the Technopark Zürich.


CSEM was founded in 1984 by The Swiss Federal Council. It was created to provide Switzerland with a research and development (R&D) center that would enable the country to keep pace with technological innovation. Presently, CSEM operates as a Research and Technology Organization (RTO). In 1984, the City of Neuchâtel, in the Canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, was chosen as the location for the new research and development center due to its long tradition in watchmaking and its heritage in manufacturing industrial, precision, and mechanical components.[3]

CSEM[4] was formed by merging three different companies:

Today, CSEM has over 525 employees, and operates throughout Switzerland.

Former CSEM chief executive officers[edit]

1984 - 1990 Max Forrer († 2019)
1990 - 1997 Peter Pfluger
1997 - 2009 Thomas Hinderling († 2011)
2009 - 2021 Mario El-Khoury
2021 - Alexandre Pauchard

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Coordinates: 46°59′51″N 6°56′51″E / 46.99750°N 6.94750°E / 46.99750; 6.94750