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CSEM is a private, non profit Swiss company for applied research, including technology, strategy and innovation consulting, focused on generating value for a sustainable world.

Strategy & Vision

We aim to be one of the best innovation centers worldwide, providing novel applications and solutions to our customers by developing and applying our technology platforms in micro-, nano- and information technologies, thus adding value to the results of research.

Our research activities - financed by public funds - combined with the research results of our academic partners, help us to develop our technology platforms for the benefit of our industrial customers and our start-ups.

We are aware that collaborating with other innovation centers and research entities is crucial. With this in mind, we have built up a strong national and international network. We work together with CEA/Léti in France, the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (Mikroelektronische Allianz) in Germany and VTT in Finland. Together with these institutions, CSEM created HTA (Heterogeneous Technology Alliance), to prepare for the next generation of technology.

Our research strategy is based on extensive market research, and helps us to develop technologies today which will be needed in the future.

While research activities remain one of the cornerstones of CSEM, we never lose sight of the overriding importance of our customers - it is they who provide us with invaluable insights into global markets.

Key facts

CSEM, founded in 1984, is a private applied research and development center specializing in micro- and nanotechnology, systems engineering, photovoltaics, microelectronics, and communications technologies. It offers its customers and industry partners custom-made, innovative solutions based on its knowledge of the market and the technological expertise derived from applied research.

CSEM's mission is to enhance the competitiveness of industry, particularly Swiss industry, by developing applied technology platforms in micro- and nanotechnologies and ICT and transferring them to the industrial sector. The development of such highly innovative platforms is supported by the Swiss Confederation and by several cantons including Neuchâtel, Basel Land, Graubünden and the cantons of central Switzerland (Obwalden, Nidwalden, Luzern, Schwyz, Zug and Uri).

Facts at-a-Glance

Founded in 1984
CHF 83 M in revenues (2014)
More than 440 employees in Switzerland
More than 45 PhD students and trainees
More than 200 customers worldwide
Headquartered in Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Additional research centers in Switzerland: Alpnach, Muttenz, Landquart and Zurich
Branch in Brazil


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