The strength of the canton of Vaud lies widely in the diversity of its economy, which has earned recognition far beyond the cantonal and national boundaries. In order to reward companies that have contributed to the image and international reputation of the canton of Vaud, the Department of Economy, Innovation and Sports (DEIS), the Vaud Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CVCI) and Innovaud have set up the Vaud International Business Award.
The purpose of this award is to highlight the contribution of international companies, the diversification they bring and their positive impact on our economy.
Three distinct prizes are awarded:
- Category "Foreign company": foreign international company based in the canton of Vaud
- Category "Swiss company": Swiss exporting company
- Category "Jury's special prize": additional organization that the jury wishes to reward
The organisation of the Prize is coordinated by International Link, the CVCI's service dedicated to international entities.
The 7th edition of the Vaud International Business Award took place as a TV show on the set of La Télé Vaud Fribourg on Thursday 3 December.
Category "Foreign Company"
Intuitive Surgical, a US company, has developed a pioneering system for minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgery, called da Vinci®. The system is used in nearly 70 countries, with some 40 installed in Switzerland. The company has over 7,000 employees worldwide, including 162 in Aubonne
Category "Swiss Company"
Boschung Group engineers, manufactures and services integrated solutions for the efficiency and safety of traffic surfaces in airports, on highways and in towns. Boschung Group has branch offices in ten countries and over 600 employees worldwide, including around 140 in Payerne
Jury's Special Prize
GREEN MOTIONS SA
Green Motion, which has obtained the Vaud Scale-Up label, has developed, manufactured and installed electric-vehicle charging systems since 2009. Active at an international level, the company currently employs 60 people in Lausanne and around a dozen in Zurich.
|PHILIPPE LEUBA |
State Councillor, Minister of Economic Affairs, Innovation and Sport
|AUDE PUGIN |
President, Vaud Chamber of commerce and industry
|RÉMI WALBAUM |
|JEAN-PHILIPPE BONARDI |
Dean, Faculty of economics (HEC), University of Lausanne
|DOMINIQUE TURPIN |
Dean of External Relations, IMD
|JEAN-YVES RAIMON |
VP International and EU HQ Lead - Intuitive Surgical
GABRIEL & MARCEL BOSCHUNG
|FRANCOIS RANDIN |
CEO - Green Motion
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The 7th annual Vaud International Business Awards announces its three winners
Lausanne, 3 December 2020 – The three winners of this year’s Vaud International Business Awards are Intuitive Surgical Inc., the pioneer in minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery; Boschung Group, a global leader in technology for clearing road surfaces; and Green Motion, a company that has been developing innovative electric-vehicle charging systems since 2009. The awards are handed out jointly every year by the Vaud Department of Economy, Innovation and Sports (DEIS), the Vaud Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CVCI) and Innovaud, and showcase three thriving local businesses that have also made a name for themselves internationally. This year’s awards ceremony took place on 3 December and, owing to the pandemic, was held on the set of local TV station La Télé Vaud Fribourg.
Intuitive, a US company that set up its European headquarters in Aubonne about 14 years ago, is the winner in the Best Foreign Company category. The company has developed a pioneering system for minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgery, called da Vinci®. Launched in 1999, da Vinci® was the first such system to receive the CE mark and to obtain market approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It employs advanced technology that scales, filters and translates a surgeon’s hand motions into more precise movements. The system is used in nearly 70 countries, and over 52,000 surgeons around the world have been trained on it. Some 40 da Vinci® systems are installed in Switzerland. The firm was founded in 1995 and completed an IPO in 2000. Today it has over 7,000 employees worldwide, including 162 in Aubonne. Intuitive has never stopped innovating and has issued or owns more than 2,900 patents.
Boschung Group, founded in Fribourg Canton in 1947 and active in Vaud for the past three years, won the Best Swiss Company award. The company engineers, manufactures, operates and services comprehensive integrated solutions for the efficiency and safety of traffic surfaces. It is the world leader in “Surface Condition Management” – a process at the core of its business model and that spans all three aspects of road clearing: hazard detection, through early-warning systems that identify potentially dangerous patches of black ice; action, through mobile and fixed de-icing and surface clearing equipment; and management, through digital platforms and applications. The process is used at airports, on roads and highways and by towns and municipalities. Boschung Group has 11 branch offices in ten countries and over 600 employees worldwide, including around 140 at Payerne. Some 80% of its revenue comes from exports.
Green Motion SA, an international firm based in Le Mont-sur-Lausanne, won the Special Jury award. The company was founded in 2009 to develop, manufacture, install and service electric-vehicle charging systems. More specifically, it manufactures charging stations, designs management software for charging networks and provides services for electric-powered transportation. Green Motion operates its own network of charging stations under the “evpass” brand; its network is the most extensive in Switzerland and one of the leaders in Europe. Over 10,000 of its charging stations – fully designed and engineered in Switzerland – have already been installed worldwide. The company has developed other breakthrough technology as well, such as charging stations for electric planes and onboard chargers for the automotive industry. Green Motion has obtained the Vaud Scale-Up label and currently employs 60 people in Lausanne and around a dozen in Zurich. It has projects under way in various European countries as well as the US, China, India and Israel.
The awards were handed out on 3 December by members of the selection panel and the three sponsor organisations. The selection panel was chaired by Philippe Leuba, the head of the DEIS, and included Aude Pugin, the chairman of the CVCI; Rémi Walbaum, the chairman of Innovaud; Jean-Philippe Bonardi, a professor and dean of HEC Lausanne; Dominique Turpin, dean of external relations at IMD in Lausanne; and representatives from last year’s three winners – Christophe Baur, the plant manager at Schott Suisse; Philippe Prat, the CEO of Plumettaz; and Jean-Michel Rapin, the founder of Fromagerie Le Maréchal.
Awarding local businesses in three categories
The Vaud International Business Awards were introduced in 2014 to recognise companies that have had their headquarters in Vaud for at least three years and have successfully expanded internationally. The companies must also play a role in boosting Vaud’s image abroad and creating jobs at home. Additional selection criteria for the Best Foreign Company award are whether the company’s goods and services are produced locally, how much it helps diversify the Vaud economy, how many of its suppliers are local, and how well it is integrated into the canton. Additional selection criteria for the Best Swiss Company award are how much the company helps train local workers, whether it has any joint R&D programs, and how much of its revenue is generated internationally. And finally, the additional selection criteria for the Special Jury award are how innovative the company is, how big of a role it plays in the local community, and to what extent it works with other local businesses. We would like to take this opportunity to thank 24 heures and La Télé Vaud Fribourg, which provided media coverage for the awards.
Vaud State Councillor, head of the Vaud Department of Economy, Innovation and Sports (DEIS), +41 21 316 60 10
Managing Director of the Vaud Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CVCI), +41 79 210 67 88
Director of Innovaud / 078 910 64 25