| Success story

Moved their Swiss headquarters from Zurich to Basel Area

Location

Jura

Industry

Animal health

Employees

9,000+

Country of origin

United States

Zoetis is an internationally active animal health company that has been firmly rooted in Switzerland for several decades.

Zoetis produces around 300 animal health products, which are marketed in just under 100 countries. The company employs about 9,000 staff worldwide and posted revenue of USD 5.8 billion in 2018. The company’s Swiss headquarters were previously located in Zurich.

The company invests between CHF 300 and 400 million in research and development worldwide. Zoetis is also well positioned in the field of diagnostics thanks to acquisitions.

Following the Pfizer spin-off and Zoetis’s IPO, we evaluated the Basel region as a possible new location, as it is one of the most important centres for life sciences and has an extraordinary talent pool. The attractive business environment and exemplary cooperation with Basel Area Business & Innovation and the cantonal authorities convinced us to make the move to Delémont. We wanted to be close to a city with good links to the railway network and an airport. Our employees came with us, and we’ve been able to recruit additional skilled staff very easily.

Laurent MonneratZoetis Senior Vice-President for Germany, Central and Eastern Europe