AGM 2019 - And farewell of our longterm director and founder of SwissCham Norbert J. Schweizer OAM

The newly elected Board v.l.n.r.

Bernhard Hurzeler, Ricardo Haselbach, Norbert Schweizer (retired), Peter Pluess President, Phil Hocking, Annie Xu, (Carmen Trochsler SA/Andreas Wyder WA not in the photo)


Farewell of Norbert Schweizer OAM

Norbert was a founding member of our Chamber and the longest serving director on the SwissCham Board. He was appointed on the 28th May 1985 and after making significant and very important contributions to SwissCham for 34 years, he has decided to take it a little bit easier and step down from our board. In recognition of his valuable achievement for the Chamber, he was also recognised with the prestigious Swiss Business Life Time Award on the 27th February 2019.


On behalf of my fellow directors and all our members, I’d like to take this occasion to sincerely thank Norbert for his amazing loyalty and excellent support for so many years – well done!

Here are a few earlier and current photos of Norbert (and Sonia) that we would like to share with you.

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Doppelmayr is joining SwissCham

2002 saw the merger of two leading ropeway manufacturers with a long tradition: Doppelmayr and Garaventa. This gave rise to the Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group with its main plants in Wolfurt (AUT) a Goldau (CHE) as global competence centers for circulating ropeway systems such as gondolas and chairlifts as well as reversible aerial tramways and funicular railways. It is here that the technology which has earned these two companies a worldwide reputation is designed and engineered.

Since the beginnings of both companies over a century ago, the Group has become the epitome of technical reliability and innovative strength, and has been instrumental in shaping the ropeway industry. Doppelmayr and Garaventa have played a major role in technical advances and achieved many milestones which have contributed to the breathtaking pace of development in this field.

The Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group

Today, the Doppelmayr and Garaventa brands stand for top quality and uncompromising reliability. Installations designed precisely to accommodate the customer’s wishes and pioneering innovations in ropeway construction sum up the corporate philosophy. The Group operates production plants as well as sales and service centers in over 42 countries worldwide and has installed over 14,800 ropeway systems to date for customers in 91 nations worldwide.

Switzerland to end decades of emergency stockpiling of 'non-essential' coffee beans

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Swiss fact: Switzerland is one of the world’s top 5 coffee exporters

14/12/2016 BY LE NEWS

According to UN trade statistics, the small Alpine nation exported US$ 2.4 billion1 of coffee in 2013. This figure is far higher than its cheese (US$ 615 million2) or chocolate (US$ 822 million3) exports, two far more famous Swiss exports.Swiss coffee exports ranked 4th behind Brazil ($5.3b), Germany ($3.4b) and Vietnam ($2.9b). Ethiopia, where the coffee plant originated, trailed back in 13th place with $771 million of exports. And Italy, the European nation where even ordinary eateries can produce a near perfect shot, ranked 7th, with exports of $1.4 billion. Switzerland and Germany were the only exporters in the top five that weren’t also among the top five coffee growing nations.