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Canton Jura

Transforming precision engineering into big business

The business world in Canton Jura is made up of local and international, small and medium-sized companies. Highly specialized suppliers producing premium components and machines for the worldwide watchmaking and medtech industry can be found here.

Ideal production and manufacturing sites

The general conditions are favorable and many companies have settled in the Jura as the ideal location within Switzerland. An excellent example is the American lifestyle accessories company Fossil. The European headquarters are in Basel, and Fossil has invested several million Swiss francs in new production sites for its watch brands in Glovelier, Canton Jura.

In addition, the company Victorinox, which has well-known brands such as Swiss Army Knife, has manufacturing facilities here. Many companies in the watch industry have expanded beyond their specific know-how and diversified into the medtech industry as outfitters manufacturers of assembled products and suppliers. Zoetis Inc., the world’s largest producer of medicine and vaccinations for pets and livestock, has its Swiss headquarters here.

Well-trained labor force

The labor force in Canton Jura is well-trained thanks to the high standards of its technical schools, especially in the high precision industry. In addition, operating costs in Canton Jura are about 20% lower than in most other cantons.

In a nutshell, Canton Jura is a very attractive location that fulfills all the requirements for a positive company development.

Facts & figures

Population: 74,000
Total area: 839 km2
Official language: French (21% speak more than two languages at work)
Main sectors:
  • Watchmaking industry
  • Microtechnology
  • Medtech

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