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Richemont and Microcity announce the creation of a Research and Innovation Centre in Neuchâtel


In a technological context of constant evolution, Richemont is opening a Research and Innovation Centre to promote the sharing of experiences between its Maisons and to serve as an innovation incubator for the Group as a whole. 

This new centre will pool efforts and facilitate dialogue between researchers, with the aim of promoting greater efficiency and creativity. Initially endowed with around thirty collaborators, the center is destined to expand its scope with the recruitment in 2018 of about twenty engineers specialised in the micro-systems, the micro-manufacturing and the micro-engineering. 

By basing its team within the Microcity pole, Richemont is proud to be working with leading names in Swiss innovation and collaborating with the Neuchâtel innovation pole. The Group will thus form part of an unrivalled industrial and academic ecosystem, in collaboration with key players in the sector, such as EPFL-IMT, CSEM, He-Arc, UniNE, and NEODE - start-up incubator. 

Richemont, which has been a partner to EFPL’s Galatea Lab in Neuchâtel since the creation of a professorial chair in 2014, will thus further boost its presence in the canton of Neuchâtel, which is already home to a significant proportion of its production activity. 

Neuchâtel State Councillor Jean-Nat Karakash is particularly delighted, declaring that "this partnership marks a significant step for Microcity”, bolstering the initiative’s own positioning within the Switzerland Innovation network as a cluster of excellence dedicated to infinite precision and to advanced manufacturing technologies. Richemont’s Research and Innovation team will move in to at Microcity in April 2017.