As of April 1st, 2022, Dr. Hans Ebinger will take over as CEO of the SIP Ost. His task will be to develop the innovation park into a platform that sustainably strengthens innovation activity and power in Eastern Switzerland. The SIP Ost builds on the existing strengths of local companies and scientific institutions. In addition to supporting the mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and metal industries, it will also focus on the rapidly growing market for healthcare as well as digitalization and new business models.
Hans Ebinger (1965) studied physics at the Philipps University in Marburg, Germany, followed by a doctorate. After about 13 years in mechanical engineering and vacuum technology, he has been working in the optical industry for more than 11 years. He is currently CEO of Z-Laser GmbH in Freiburg, Germany, one of the world's leading manufacturers of lasers for positioning and 3D imaging.
Hans Ebinger is an internationally experienced personality. He has worked in the USA, Germany, the Netherlands, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. In the course of his professional career, he got to know two important clusters in the St. Gallen Rhine Valley at close quarters from 2004 onwards: the coating industry around the Oerlikon site in Trübbach/Balzers and the optical industry around the Leica site in Heerbrugg. Since 2014, he has been involved as a member of the Board of Directors of the RhySearch research and innovation center in Buchs and has made a significant contribution to its successful establishment.
The main objective of SIP Ost is to generate additional private investment in research and development, thus strengthening the innovative power of Eastern Switzerland and creating new, attractive and sustainable jobs. The active networking of business, research and educational institutions in important fields of innovation supports the competitiveness of Eastern Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
The SIP Ost builds on the existing strengths of local companies and scientific institutions in the economic region of Eastern Switzerland. In addition to supporting the mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and metal industries, it will also focus on the rapidly growing market for healthcare as well as digitalization and new business models.
The construction of the SIP Ost is a generational project. By the end of 2022, the campus will be built and functional structures will be formed. Subsequently, the SIP Ost is expected to reach its full capacity by the end of 2025 and break even by 2031.