At the end of September, the "AM-TTC Alliance", the umbrella organization for the establishment of technology transfer centers in the field of advanced manufacturing technologies - the "Advanced Manufacturing Technology Transfer Centers" (AM-TTC) - decided to support two centers with almost CHF 5 million in the next two years. The AM-TTC initiative is one of the measures taken by the federal government in 2017 to meet the challenges of digitization.
Swiss universities and research institutions regularly occupy top positions in international research rankings. Switzerland is also one of the leading nations in terms of research results and the resulting patents. However, only a few new technologies find their way from local research laboratories to industrial applications. There is a gap here.
This is where the initiative to establish a network of technology transfer centers in Switzerland, the so-called "Advanced Manufacturing Technology Transfer Centers" (AM-TTC for short), comes in. The initiative is part of the federal government’s "Digitalization" action plan and aims to maintain Switzerland as a modern, high-quality production location in the long term. It will be supported in the start-up phase by funds from the ETH Board. The initiative aims to establish infrastructures in Switzerland that help to bring technologies developed in the laboratory faster into industrial application. The centers will give companies - especially Swiss SMEs - better access to new technologies. The companies can try out the technologies in the centers and then transfer them to their own production facilities with the help of the centers.