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Collaborative Excellence: Park Innovaare's Industrial R&D Clusters Redefining Innovation 

VDL, PSI and Park Innovaare - new cluster
From left to right: Robert Rudolph, Ton Pejnenburg, Prof. Dr. Christian Rüegg, Hans Priem, Florian Gegier

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Switzerland Innovation Park Innovaare, a leading, globally connected deep-tech innovation hub, together with its key founding partner Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and leading park member company VDL Enabling Technologies Group (VDL ETG), are pleased to announce a new framework of high-tech equipment competence centers. 

Leveraging the multi-sector synergy between PSI’s Deep-Tech fundamental research and VDL ETG’s engineering capabilities, this initiative effectively forms a novel, geographically centralized industry and R&D cluster at Switzerland Innovation Park Innovaare and will provide industrial-scale enabling technologies to the Park Innovaare ecosystem members and the larger ecosystem. The initial focus will be on applications in semiconductor metrology, inspection, and analytics, as well as optical communications. 

VDL will strengthen its presence in Park Innovaare, with a proven potential to help current and new Park Innovaare members to scale up at industrial quality using this framework. Participating companies also benefit from a vast array of collaborative research opportunities across industry and academia. 

Switzerland is home to a thriving ecosystem of semiconductor technology and highly specialized supplier industries. This initiative effectively forms a novel, geographically centralized industry and R&D cluster at Switzerland Innovation Park Innovaare. Within this framework, VDL ETG and partners are building competences that represent the foundation for further innovation in the semiconductor industry and their suppliers. The newly formed clusters welcome like-minded companies to participate in the conduct of specialized R&D in the respective fields.  

Participating companies benefit from a vast array of collaborative research opportunities, shared R&D resources, access to talent, and cross-divisional interaction at the pulse of top-notch science, allowing to secure future competitive advantage in a global, highly growing and competitive industry segment.   

The competence center welcome interested companies from related industrial fields to join Switzerland Innovation and our ecosystem. 

Robert Rudolph, CEO Park Innovaare: 

Having VDL ETG as a member at Park Innovaare is a great kick-off to nourish our growing ecosystem. Its strong multidisciplinary expertise will foster the innovation power of other members and partners in our network in the Swiss industry. 

Prof. Dr. Christian Rüegg, Director Paul Scherrer Institute:  

The great synergies between the research areas, expertise and infrastructure of PSI on the one hand and the capabilities of industrial partners such as VDL ETG on the other, result in application-oriented R&D activities that contribute not only to the future competitive advantage of the participating companies, but also to that of our economy and society as a whole. 

Ton Pejnenburg, CTO at VDL ETG: 

Park Innovaare, as a top Deep-Tech innovation hub, is instrumental for us in achieving our objectives in developing next generations of high tech modules for application in semiconductor manufacturing, analytical instrumentation and satellite technology. It provides access to the crossroads between the fundamental science at PSI and its application by the various industrial partners. 

Dr. Yasin Ekinci, Head of Laboratory for X-ray Nanoscience and Technologies: 

The commitment of VDL ETG highlights the benefits that the Park Innovaare R&D ecosystems offer, with PSI’s cutting-edge infrastructure and the exceptional expertise of PSI's researchers in metrology at its core. I believe that this will lead to a dynamic synergy between the partners, paving the way for ongoing innovation and success in the field of chip manufacturing.