Intelligent services as an innovative business model
August 2021

SAWATEC keeps a close eye on the latest developments in the rapidly changing market. So SAWATEC is able to offer its customers the widest possible range of benefits.

In June 2021, SAWATEC therefore took part in the innovation journey on the topic of Smart Services. The term Smart Services describes data-based and digital service offerings that are provided with the help of intelligent products. These smart products, which are equipped with appropriate sensors and software, directly record defined values and forward them to the provider. In the future, for example, a manufacturer could access a machine at the customer’s site remotely and rectify any errors online. This would eliminate the need for an expensive and time-consuming visit by the service technician.

As part of the Startfeld Innovation Journey, employees of the Institute for Technology Management (ITEM) at the University of St. Gallen presented their strategy model. They made clear that smart services are becoming increasingly important in companies: The industrial landscape is in upheaval, digitization is advancing rapidly, and more and more data and real-time information is available. This increases the technical requirements for using such data in a value-creating and innovative way.

In order to be able to incorporate these findings into the latest product and service developments, Marcello Piccirillo, Managing Partner/COO at SAWATEC, took part in the innovation journey on the topic of smart services. Because, as Marcello Piccirillo explained in an interview with St. Galler Kantonalbank, organizer of the seminar, this topic is also very relevant for SAWATEC:

“Our process instruments are among the capital goods and have a long service life. Our industrial customers, in particular, therefore expect that the instruments can be used trouble-free. This requires regular maintenance and a timely supply of spare parts. Currently, we are working on a new after sales service concept, which we will gradually roll out worldwide, so this event was of interest to me.”

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IC College officially inaugurated
June 2021

On June 22, 2021, the IC College, which was jointly established by the School of New Materials and New Energy of Shenzhen University and the chip manufacturer Semiconductor Manufacturing International Co (SMIC), was officially inaugurated.

The school was launched to meet the rapidly growing demand for IC professionals in the Chinese market in the future.

Ruan Shuangchen, president of Shenzhen University of Technology, opened the ceremony, stating that the huge shortage of industry talents is one of the most serious problems facing China’s dynamic development of the IC industry. Other speeches introduced the IC Academy as well as highlighted the huge opportunities in the promising fields of 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and new energies.

Among other interesting personalities, Maggie Song, General Manager Suzhou SAWATEC Semiconductor Systems Co., Ltd. was also invited to address words to the audience based on her many years in the industry. Maggie Song mainly shared her rich experience with the students and told them about her own journey from being a college teacher to entering the semiconductor industry. She hopes that during the learning process, the students will continue to strengthen their love for the industry and continue to grow with dedication, into the talents that the industry will need.

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Sennwald municipal council at SAWATEC
June 2015

Sennwald municipal council, led by the president of the municipality Peter Kindler, visited Sax-based high-tech company SAWATEC AG on Wednesday, 3 June 2015.

SAWATEC’s Managing Director Bruno Sawatzki provided the visitors with information and an insight into both the production and SAWATEC’s product range. By means of a corporate presentation and a walking tour, Bruno Sawatzki informed the visitors about the company’s history as well as SAWATEC’s products and markets.

Managing Director Bruno Sawatzki was pleased with the interest shown by the political municipal council and commented: “This was a great opportunity to show the local political representatives our company and our products that are sold worldwide.” President of the municipality Peter Kindler gave his thanks for the tour and the explanations and replied: “It is also important for the municipal council to seek and maintain the dialogue and exchange information locally with our companies. This way, information can be shared on both sides and the understanding for the concerns of the other party can be discussed directly.”

This informative event came to a relaxing conclusion with drinks and snacks, an opportunity that was used for further intensive discussion.

SAWATEC expands in Greater China
April 2015

The high-tech company SAWATEC AG, domiciled in Sax, has established an own market organization for Greater China beginning of April this year (Suzhou SAWATEC Semiconductor System Co., Ltd.).

By this way SAWATEC likes to easier access the growth potential of Greater China and strengthen the regional customer closeness. The market organization will be managed by an experienced management team and shall be gradually expanded. The office is located in Suzhou, a rapidly growing industrial metropolis in the Yangtze River Delta Region.

Bruno Sawatzki, CEO of SAWATEC, feels very happy about this important step. “By this establishment of an own market organisation in Greater China we have implemented an important strategic sub-goal of our last year’s defined strategy. For us as an innovative manufacturer of instruments and systems for the Semiconductor and MEMS industries is the Greater Chinese market with its rapidly growing production in these segments a very important future market. We are strongly convinced that we not only will reach our growth targets but can also strengthen the technology place in the ‘Rhine Valley’.”

Allan Bao, Sales Manager Greater China, feels very happy about this new challenge. “During my introduction time at the headquarters I got the impression of SAWATEC as an innovative and customer-oriented company. In the near future Greater China will invest more in so called key technologies. This will also include the segments of semiconductor and MEMS. I am convinced that SAWATEC has very good chances with their innovative products and systems to gain market share and grow rapidly.”

CEO Sawatzki again: „During the last months we kept ourselves busy to gain more insights about the Greater China market and its prospects. The selection of an optimum location for our market organization and the recruitment and training of the initial staff has been carefully prepared. Now we are glad that it will finally start. We put great confidence in Allan Bao and the related increased customer closeness with him in this growing market region. The site will be expanded along with the business and shall develop to our regional competence center for sales and after-sales service in the medium term.”

Allan Bao, the responsible Sales Manager sees a big potential for SAWATEC. “In Greater China more and more institutes and universities will invest into research and process development especially in the segments of Semiconductor and MEMS. They will do this under the aspect to leave the so called ‘low-tech” position and becoming a High-Tech market. By this way the industrial output in these two segments will increase. Therefore it is our strong aim that the research will be done on SAWATEC instruments and that SAWATEC systems will be used in the industrial production.”

High-tech company Sawatec AG lands a major order
June 2014

In June 2014, the St. Galler Tagblatt reported that SAWATEC had received a large order from the Swiss watch industry.

The significance of the order for the company with seven employees was made clear by the statement of Managing Director Bruno Sawatzki: “In terms of francs, the volume is equivalent to a third of our annual turnover,” he said in response to an inquiry from the W&O. Initial negotiations with the major player in the watch market had already begun in 2007, and now the contract has been signed and sealed. Since the watch industry is a decidedly secretive sector, the client will not be communicated publicly.”

Read the full newspaper article here (only available in German)

Company portrait
February 2004

In February 2004, a regional newspaper in the St. Gallen Rhine Valley published a company portrait about SAWATEC AG.

It was mentioned that father and son opened their company SAWATEC AG in 1996 by merging their two companies. Harry Sawatzki’s company made a name for itself by producing prototypes for the NTB in Buchs, Switzerland, and Bruno Sawatzki was successful with his own design office. “Together we are stronger,” Harry Sawatzki explained the motive for this move.

Already at that time, SAWATEC AG distributed 40 of its own products worldwide. New products have been added year after year and numerous patents were produced, which underlines the high innovation ability.

Read the whole newspaper article here (only available in German).