Many Swiss brands and products have become, over the years, synonymous with the highest quality, precision, reliability and a unique fusion of innovation and tradition. Be it in banking, watchmaking, healthcare, logistics, science and technology, consumer products or tourism...
In today’s globalised economy, the actual place of production is no longer intrinsically linked to these nationalised qualities. “Swissness” is thus not just present in Switzerland, but rather multiplied by Swiss companies active all over the world. Singapore – as the premier gateway to the South-east Asian market, or even to Asia Pacific as a whole – is an important location for a great number of Swiss companies. Swiss brands have a longstanding and prosperous presence in the Lion City, oftentimes dating back even to the days before Singaporean statehood. Today, over 450 Swiss companies are located in Singapore, and they can count on a very active Swiss Chamber of Commerce.
Both of our countries are rather small, with very limited access to natural resources. We therefore rely heavily on a skilled workforce, high-quality education and career opportunities for all of our people. In this regard, Switzerland and Singapore are natural economic and trading partners. Indeed, in terms of trade, investment and transfer of technology and know-how, our two countries are collaborating very closely.
I would like to congratulate The Peak for this Swiss Special, which is an excellent testimony to this partnership. I am convinced that the presence of Swiss companies here will certainly keep growing over the years.
As the Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Singapore, we represent and advocate Swiss business in Singapore. With a tradition of doing business in Singapore for almost 200 years and over 400 Swiss companies present in Singapore today, the business ties...
Swiss excellence – as lived by Swiss companies worldwide – is a unique combination of talent paired with three Swiss characteristics: tradition, precision and innovation. Firstly, the long-standing tradition. Try to imagine Swiss watch-making without passing skills to the next generations – and this taking place over centuries. Switzerland and its watches would never have become such strong global brands representing quality, reliability and innovation. Secondly, the precision. Being on time for a meeting is considered a typical Swiss attitude.
Many of us, however, see more than an attitude in this – it is a gesture of mutual respect and appreciation. And thirdly, innovation – the main driver behind the success story of Swiss excellence. The Swiss culture of constant innovation did not only lift Swiss craftsmanship and service culture into its global leading position, it also repeatedly allowed Swiss business to master challenges such as the quartz crisis 40 years ago, or more recently, digitalisation, where Swiss companies are in the forefront or embracing exponentially growing technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, the Internet-of-Things (IoT) or blockchain, with the facets of cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) attached.
As the advocacy institution of Swiss business in Singapore, the SwissCham is proud to be supporting this cross-industrial excellence by building bridges across all of our members’ industries.