April 2020 – Schweiter Technologies AG

TOP INNOVATOREN – ALPORA

Every month ALPORA publishes a TOP INNOVATOR. An innovation analysis based on the ALPORA METHOD is completed. The innovation efficiency score is determined for each company.

This month the following innovation key aspects of the company Schweiter Technologies AG are presented:

The internationally active Swiss machine manufacturer, Schweiter Technologies AG, based in Horgen, is the parent company of the Schweiter Group. Until 1998, Schweiter Technologies was a pure textile machinery manufacturer which specialized in particular in yarn rewinding and finishing. Today the company is particularly active in the fields of high-tech mechanical engineering and composite materials. Major brands include Airex, Alucobond, Baltek, Dibond, Forex, Gator, Kapa and Sintra.

Company website: Schweiter Technologies AG

The main markets are located in China and India. Schweiter Technologies AG focuses primarily on the Composite Materials division with the company 3A Composites. It offers the materials for sandwich constructions, e.g. for use in wind farms. The core area here is the innovative processing of conventional solid materials into composites that are characterized by lightness, surface quality and thermal insulation. 3A Composites is considered the market leader in all target markets.

Schweiter has continuously invested in production capacities and in research and development in order to expand the existing product portfolio and open up new markets with innovations. This year it again invested some CHF 30 million in new projects and facilities, primarily to keep production resources efficient and competitive. A new line for the production of fire-resistant aluminium composite panels went into operation in China. Production was also relocated, such as balsa wood processing from the USA to Ecuador.