Automobile and aviation industry

Jaguar, Mercedes and Audi: the canton's expertise is attracting big brands in the automotive industry. Vehicles around the world produced by these brands feature body panels, metallic paints, air-conditioning systems and intelligent sensors that are made in Valais. And this expertise is also being deployed in the aviation industry.

Aerospace and railways

As world market leader in the development and fabrication of innovative aluminium- based products, Constellium employs 700 staff in Valais at its sites in Sierre, Chippis and Steg. 60% of the aluminium used is recycled and used to design high value-added parts for the aerospace, machine and rail industries. The company has some big-name clients, including Stadler Rail, Siemens and Alstom.

Constellium also has a large training centre that celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2017.

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Sensors

The manufacturing site of the company Adatis in Martigny makes technical parts for the automotive industry. Parking sensors, gear boxes, as well as fuel consumption and engine temperature sensors are designed by the 55 employees who work at the group’s second largest site. The parts are sold to top automotive suppliers such as Continental, Delphi and Bosch. Ford, Audi, Volvo and Mercedes all use sensors produced by Adatis.

125,000 proximity sensors leave the Adatis factory every day. One in five cars in the world are equipped with them.

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Pigments

German manufacturing group ECKART is world market leader in the production of metallic pigments. It operates within the paint, coatings, graphic arts, plastics, aerated concrete and even cosmetics sectors. The ECKART Switzerland SA site Vétroz exports everything it produces in terms of powder, zinc pastes and alloys, which are mainly designed for the automotive industry.

The company processes more than 3,500 tonnes of zinc ingot in powder and paste annually, the pigments of which have an average diameter of 20 microns.

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Aluminium

Novelis is the largest producer of laminated aluminium products and one of the most prolific recyclers of aluminium in the world. The site in Sierre hosts two production facilities and a European centre for research and development. It is the leader for the development and production of body panels in the automotive industry. In light of the global standardisation of aluminium bodywork production, the factory in Valais focuses on excellence and innovation.

Novelis designs and supplies the aluminium for Jaguar and Land Rover bodywork.

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