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Positive results for the 19th edition of the EPHJ

21 September 2021

In a delicate event context in a period of health crisis, the satisfaction and attendance indicators at the end of the EPHJ Show are encouraging. The exhibitors responded and the exhibition ...
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Editorial – It’s a great time to meet up again!

For (too) many months now, companies from different high-precision sectors have been unable to take advantage of a platform for professional get-togethers and international visibility. This lack is making itself sorely felt. With every passing day in times of COVID-19, we better understand the importance of meeting in person, looking each other in the eye, […]

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Panatere wants to install a solar furnace in the watch valley

PANATERE, a Swiss company specialising in the transformation of raw materials and a major player in the watch and medical industries, has become the first in its sector to offer sustainable raw materials. Following on from its fully recycled and recyclable stainless steel, the Jura-based SME has just taken delivery of its first “solar” steel […]

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EPHJ postponed from 14 to 17 September 2021

In accordance with the Swiss federal directives prohibiting the holding of trade fairs to date and the need to inform exhibitors in good time for organisational reasons a few weeks before the event, the organisers of the Show are therefore obliged to postpone the 2021 edition, under the same conditions, from 14 to 17 September […]

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STS offers watch industry a credible alternative to world’s most expensive metal

In the space of a few months, the price of rhodium has climbed to record highs, peaking at over CHF 800 per gram! Used to cover certain components in watch movements, rhodium poses a new challenge for the watchmaking industry as it becomes the most expensive precious metal in the world. STS Saulcy Traitement de Surface […]

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“Globalisation and fair-weather logistics have made us lose sight of the strategic importance of local stocks and production.”

As a player in the life sciences and medical technology industries and Switzerland’s Health Valley, and a close observer of their fortunes during the pandemic, Benoît Dubuis shares his analysis of the situation with us. How is Switzerland’s Health Valley faring during the coronavirus crisis? Given how diverse Health Valley’s partners are, it isn’t possible […]

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DIXI Cool+ revolutionises micro-milling

It is possible to be 75 years old and still have a start-up mindset. DIXI Polytool, a long-established manufacturer of precision tools for watchmaking and other microtechnologies, has just invented a revolutionary miniature milling cutter. By Joël A. Grandjean With two patents registered and a trademark, DIXI Cool+, entered in the intellectual property register, the outlook […]

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Cadramont: bringing the dial into the third millennium

Moving from métiers d’art to micro-series of 250 units or more: that’s the vision of this fiercely independent dial manufacturer. It’s a place like no other, fired by a creativity containing just a touch of madness… By Joël A. Grandjean The adrenaline coursing through the company is precisely this whiff of madness floating around in […]

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From concept to production: AB, as in Aurélien Bouchet

ABConcept and ABProduct: nothing in the two company names hints at the vast space in which over 14 trades are carried on, the impressive fleet of machinery and the sudden appearance, on a detour during the visit, of the largest 3D printer on the market. An interview with Aurélien Bouchet.  By Joël A. Grandjean Just […]

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Subcontractors or core business?

Words matter. For over 40 years, watchmaking jargon has used the term subcontractors to refer to suppliers. It is high time we started talking about core business and professional environment rather than subcontractors.  By Joël A. Grandjean Over recent decades, since the recovery from the quartz crisis, watchmaking has seen a steady enhancement of its […]

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