(MENAFN – Swissinfo) With respect to population size, between 2010 and 2018 Switzerland submitted more patent applications for 3D printing technology than other European countries, the European Patent Office said on Monday.
Among the most active companies in additive manufacturing are pharmaceutical company Novartis, hearing aid manufacturer Sonova, Clariant chemical company, watchmaker Swatch and food giant Nestlé. SMEs are behind more than a quarter of patent applications; educational institutions, including the Zurich ETH federal technology institute, accounted for 13%.
“This technology is more mature, with growing recognition of added value, especially in saving resources and producing complex products at lower costs,” the patent office said, adding in its press release that 3D printing has “the potential to revolutionize all values . ” company chain. “
By region, the Zurich region ranks third for the number of patent applications, behind Munich and Barcelona. Aargau and Vaud Cantons are also in the top 20.