A NATURAL AND LIVING ENVIRONMENT LIKE NO OTHER
A GRATEFUL RECIPIENT OF CANTONAL SUPPORT
The main reason why Maxwell Technologies chose to base its operations in Rossens, a village in the heart of rural Fribourg, was its direct motorway access. “This was a crucial factor because we export our CONDIS® high-voltage capacitors around the globe”, explains Patrick Gaillard, High Voltage Business Development & Marketing Manager. Founded in Fribourg in 1903 (see below), the company, which is in Californian hands since 2003, operates in a high value- added niche market, and counts industry giants like ABB, GE and Siemens among its customers.
Maxwell Technologies is currently expanding its Fribourg plant. “We benefitted from the incredible support of the authorities and the Fribourg Development Agency.” However, as Gaillard points out, it was not about receiving preferential treatment but rather receiving valuable guidance when it came to applying for building permits, for example. Another reason for choosing Rossens was its proximity to talent pools like the Fribourg School of Engineering and Architecture and the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), one of the most acclaimed universities in the world.
EIFFEL TOWER: A BENEFICIARY OF FRIBOURG EXPERTISE
In 2003, Maxwell Technologies took over CONDIS, a Fribourg company that had been founded some 100 years before. In 1903, a group of physicists from the University of Fribourg established the Fabrique suisse de condensateurs de Jean de Modzelewski & Cie. Within the space of a few years, it would go from making local history to global history when one of its founders, Ignacy Mościcki, became President of Poland. Success came quickly to the Fribourg ‘start-up’. International renown soon followed when the newly renamed Société générale de condensateurs électriques SA supplied France with a 110 000 volt battery to power the world’s most famous wireless transmitter: the Eiffel Tower in Paris!