A strong commitment to the canton of Vaud
All APCO Technologies’ R&D and production activities are based in Aigle. "When we had to give up our old premises in Vevey, the local authorities were particularly welcoming and proactive," says Ms. Pugin, "not only to smooth the wheels of our setting up business here but also when it came to supporting our growth. We felt that they really understood the industrial and economic reality of our business. The region is also easily accessible thanks to high-quality infrastructures, which makes it easier to welcome clients to our production halls."
The company works very closely with EPFL and especially with the Swiss Space Center, and HEIG-VD; a number of employees have studied at these institutions. It also has strong ties with the European Space Agency, which has provided direct contact with a wide variety of major European groups that are active in the aerospace sector.
Since moving to Aigle in 2008, APCO Technologies has invested 38.5 million francs in its new premises and offices, which were purpose-built on vacant industrial land. Its workforce is expanding annually by 15% – 20%. "As a family-run business, we can afford to take a long-term vision," says Ms. Pugin, who has been CEO of CVCI since April 2018. "We hope to carry on investing in the canton of Vaud." In November 2015, APCO Technologies won the Vaud International Business Award – a competition for export companies in the region – in the 'Jury’s Special Prize' category.