SWISSto12, based in Renens, Switzerland, has been named as a ‘Technology Pioneer’ by the World Economic Forum. The selection has been attributed to its work in satellite communications. The company’s geostationary SmallSat, a new class of commercial GEO that incorporates SWISSto12’s additively manufactured radio-frequency products and systems. The company was an early adopter of metal Additive Manufacturing technologies for communications systems components.

A global network for high-growth, early-stage technology companies, the Technology Pioneers community of 101 organisations participates in the Forum’s Centres, wherein the organisations collaborate with leaders in government and civil society in an effort to scale their impact, help overcome global challenges and build future resiliency.

Emile de Rijk, CEO of SWISSto12 said, “It is an honour to have been selected as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. We look forward to contributing actively to this remarkable community of global change-makers. Our vision for the future is to help provide cost competitive and secure satellite communications to network operators, countries and communities across the globe, and I am proud to be partnering with the Forum, which will help scale our impact together with their public and private partners.”

SWISSto12 is one of two Swiss companies and one of nine space companies selected as part of this year’s cohort, reflecting a diverse range of pioneering technologies and innovations.

SWISSto12 supplies satellites and Radio Frequency (RF) systems to companies, including Viasat, Inmarsat and Thales, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. To date, the company has generated over €200 million in customer orders across its satellite and RF business.

The business is expanding rapidly to meet strong customer demand and recently added an additional 1,200 m2 of production space that now covers a total of 5,600 m2 in Renens.

“The 2024 Technology Pioneers are revolutionising industries on a global scale,” added Verena Kuhn, Head of Innovator Communities, World Economic Forum. “These innovators are leveraging the most advanced technologies to drive the radical changes needed to confront the world’s most urgent challenges. We are excited to see how their groundbreaking work will enrich Forum initiatives and how they will contribute to building dynamic partnerships between the public and private sectors to solve these critical global issues.”

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