Good job. Good life.

The Rhine Valley is home to global high-tech producers just as it is to regional businesses. Our successful Rhine Valley companies offer great jobs and opportunities for career development. It is a feature of the Rhine Valley that the region offers people not only the opportunity to make a career for themselves, but also a high quality of life und housing at the same time. The St. Gallen Rhine Valley region has one of the highest proportions of industrial companies in the high-tech sector throughout Switzerland. Sectors such as mechanical engineering, electronics and optics are also strongly represented here – by companies that are often global market leaders. The companies in these sectors, which number over 500, range from small businesses and supply firms to companies with several thousand employees, such as SFS Group and Leica Geosystems AG.

R&D

Successfully applied.

Applied research and development are an integral part of the Rhine Valley’s success. It is at the interface between university and industry that tomorrow’s export hits are created.

There are good reasons why close and successful ties exist between the successful Rhine Valley export industry and the surrounding universities - because applied research and development are systematically pursued here in a spirit of partnership, thus helping to advance the success story of the Rhine Valley. 

The Interstaatliche Hochschule für Technik Buchs (NTB), the University of Applied Sciences Chur (HTW), the universities in St. Gallen and VaduzEMPA in St. Gallen and also the University of Applied Sciences in Dornbirn form an impressive research landscape. 

The NTB has developed into a real pivotal element in the field of applied research. In Buchs, for example, they are pursuing research in the fields of metrology, microtechnology and optics together with Rhine Valley companies. It is also here that the research and innovation centre RhySearch was established two years ago with the aim of promoting specific networking between industry and research.

Canton St. Gallen exports goods worth around 10 billion francs. The St. Gallen Rhine Valley accounts for 40 percent of this. And a third of these exports in turn go to the USA. 

So American companies and consumers are among the best customers of the Rhine Valley. And by the way, almost 60 percent of the goods produced in the Rhine Valley for export are delivered to our European neighbours, while 12 percent finds its way to Asia. 

(Source: AGV Rheintal, 2013)