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Winner 2017

The fourth edition of the Vaud International Business Award was held on 23 November 2017 at IMD in Lausanne. 

Claudine Amstein, Director of the CVCI, Alexandre Pesci, CEO at LEMO, Jean-Frédéric Berthoud, Director Development Economic – State of Vaud, André Wider, CEO at Wider SA, Thibaud Stoll, Head Global Biotech Manufacturing and Development at Merck Group et Philippe Leuba, Minister of Economic Affairs, Innovation and Sport

Category "Foreign Company"


Founded in 1668, Merck has been present in Switzerland since 1929. Active in the fields of healthcare, life sciences and high-performance materials, it currently employs some 50,000 people throughout the world. The technologies developed are used in bio-therapies to treat cancer or multiple sclerosis, cutting-edge systems for scientific research or production of liquid crystals for smartphones. In 2016, the company recorded a turnover of 15 billion euros. With bio-pharmaceutical sites in Aubonne, Corsier-sur-Vevey and Coinsins, the group employs 1,500 people within the canton.

Category "Swiss Company"


Located in Ecublens, LEMO is a recognised leader in the field of designing and manufacturing tailor-made precision connectors used in a variety of demanding applications (medical applications, industrial control, testing and measurement, audio-video, telecommunications, etc.). Active since 1946, the company now offers a range of more than 75,000 product combinations. LEMO employs 450 people within the canton out of a total staff of 1,600 worldwide. With its associated brands – REDEL, NORTHWIRE and COELVER – the company services more than 100,000 customers in over 80 countries around the world.   

Jury's Special Prize

Wider SA

Wider SA is a tailor-made space planner for cabinet-making, carpentry and planning. A small company founded in 1948, it is now a major SME generating turnover totalling some 55 million Swiss francs in 2016. It boasts three workshops in Montreux, Morges and Geneva as well as a showroom in Crissier. Wood is not the only material the company uses: glass, metal, Plexiglas, optic fibres and electronics are also incorporated into its creations. A local Swiss company, it employs 250 people with some 200 in the canton alone. Today, it exports its creations around the world to more than 80 cities ranging from New York through Dubai to Tokyo.

The three companies featured in the video below, based in the canton of Vaud, are regular partners of the prize-winners. They reflect the ongoing collaboration between SME and international entities.  

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