Switzerland
07 February 2022

MassChallenge Switzerland Announces Partnership with SMC

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February 7th, 2022 (Renens, Switzerland) – MassChallenge Switzerland, part of MassChallenge's global network of innovators, today announces its partnership with leading manufacturer in pneumatic equipment and machine elements, SMC.

SMC plays an essential role in the automation of various industries, from robots and other devices required in factory automation to automatic inspection equipment used for medical and semiconductor manufacturing equipment. With globalization has come a growing demand for IT, robot, and AI solutions and challenges like energy efficiency, sustainability, and CO2 reduction.
It is now more critical than ever for SMC to understand customers' needs and anticipate their future needs to provide genuine customer satisfaction.

“We are looking forward to develop according solutions with MassChallenge startups and partners, but also learn from their experiences. This collaboration is a unique opportunity to help shape the future and to contribute solving important challenges such as energy efficiency, decarbonization and sustainability” said Daniel Langmeier, SMC Switzerland’s Managing director. “We will bring SMC’s perspective as a key equipment manufacturer for machine and factory automation with our experience in weight and size reduction combined with engineering knowhow leading to energy efficient machine design.

Matt Lashmar, Managing Director MassChallenge Switzerland, added: “we are delighted to welcome SMC to MassChallenge Switzerland. The move is especially exciting since SMC brings massive experience in automation technology, which is something that will be of great benefit to our partners and startups, as pneumatic technology is contributing to the production of almost every product of our daily life. Additionally, SMC is focused on reducing the environmental burden of industry, so we share the vision of a more sustainable world.”

About SMC Corporation

SMC Schweiz AG is a part of SMC Corporation based in Japan. Since its establishment, SMC has been a leader in pneumatic technology, providing the industry with technology and products to support automation based on the guiding principle of "contributing to automation labor savings in the industry." Over the past 60+ years, SMC's products have become a recognized international brand, and sales have grown to achieve a 30% global market share.

“We are looking forward to develop according solutions with MassChallenge startups and partners, but also learn from their experiences. This collaboration is a unique opportunity to help shape the future and to contribute solving important challenges such as energy efficiency, decarbonization and sustainability” said Daniel Langmeier, SMC Switzerland’s Managing director. “We will bring SMC’s perspective as a key equipment manufacturer for machine and factory automation with our experience in weight and size reduction combined with engineering knowhow leading to energy efficient machine design."​

Subsidiaries and joint ventures have been set up in 53 countries. Production facilities are located in more than 30 countries. In addition, a sales network extends throughout 83 countries, with local services in 500 locations. SMC offers innovative automation technology engineers that bring it to life in new products and production capacity, which can deliver a variety of products quickly throughout the world.

With its goal of ever more advanced automation and using its many achievements as a base, SMC is developing high-quality, highly reliable products to contribute to automation in the industry, taking into account today's challenges like energy efficiency and sustainability.

About MassChallenge 

Matt Lashmar, Managing Director MassChallenge Switzerland, added: “we are delighted to welcome SMC to MassChallenge Switzerland. The move is especially exciting since SMC brings massive experience in automation technology, which is something that will be of great benefit to our partners and startups, as pneumatic technology is contributing to the production of almost every product of our daily life. Additionally, SMC is focused on reducing the environmental burden of industry, so we share the vision of a more sustainable world.”

MassChallenge is the global network for innovators. Headquartered in the United States with seven locations worldwide, MassChallenge equips bold entrepreneurs to disrupt the status quo and create meaningful change. Since launching in 2009, more than 2,928 MassChallenge alumni have raised more than $8.6B in funding, generated more than $3.6 B in revenue, and created more than 186,000 total jobs. 

Media contact: Elodie Waquet, elodie@masschallenge.org
 

 

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