The know-how from industries such as watch making and metal processing are put to good use in this new and upwardly striving field of business. The result is top quality artificial hip joint replacements, tooth replacements and other medical devices. Developing and manufacturing such sensitive products needs not only top notch specialists but also general know-how in precision workmanship.
The strong position of the region for companies involved in medical technology can be explained by the long tradition of metal processing and precision engineering in the Canton of Solothurn. Companies here have a very high degree of competence in basic materials:
In the sector of metals, that competence ranges from the casting of non-ferrous metals and steel to the production of high precision and complex components all the way to surface treatment on the nano scale.
In plastics, it ranges from the manufacture of complex mixes to including tiny components using the process of injection die molding. Various products are manufactured from timber including highly specialized niche products such as cellulose, pulp or ethanol as well as paper and cardboard.
The medical technology industry not only employs an increasing number of people, it also promises a great deal of potential for the future. The health care market is growing more strongly every year.