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Center for International Industrial Solutions

“For many Swiss companies, the US market and some selected countries in Latin America offer a great and yet unrealized potential. However, these markets are challenging. With our expertise and experience as well as the international university network we support companies with their market entry.”

Peter Qvist-Sorensen, Head of Center for International Industrial Solutions

Tapping into new markets and promoting company growth are both demanding challenges. We show you what it takes to operate effectively in Latin America, one of the world's growing economies, and the United States, the economically strongest region.

We conduct market studies and offer continuing education and customized training solutions to impart relevant knowledge about the particular cultural, economic, and political conditions of a given market.

This is complemented by a strong network and well-established relationships in the regions in question.

Focus Regions

The Center for International Industrial Solutions deals with the regions of North and Latin America at an academic and a business level. In North America, the primary focus is on the United States; in Latin America on Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Chile. To further expand the regional focus areas where we currently operate, we continually analyze the potential of other countries.

Competence Profile

Continuing Education and Training

Consulting and Research

Current research and consulting activities focus on the MEM (engineering, electrical and metal industries), energy and cleantech sectors, respectively. We therefore research subjects such as the international aspects of the fourth industrial revolution and industrial internet of things on the one hand and energy efficiency, waste and recycling, waste water, land restoration, and renewable energy sources on the other. 

Our core competencies include:

  • Preparing market studies and market entry analysis, e.g., cooperation with partner universities as well as private and public institutions locally 
  • Evaluating market opportunities for Swiss companies in North and Latin America 
  • In-depth analysis and consulting with regard to international corporate resources (management and finance) to promote further internationalization 
  • Providing support in entering new markets (including establishing local contacts) 

Cleantech Sector in Mexico
Mexico Cleantech White Paper (PDF 1,8 MB)
(PDF 1,8 MB)

S-GE Publication: Contribution by Peter Qvist-Sorensen
Cleantech Market in Colombia (Page 26/27) (PDF 9,0 MB)

Cooperation Partners

Our partners in Switzerland and in North and Latin America include reputable organizations, institutions, and companies with an international orientation, operating in the MEM (engineering, electrical and metal industries)/energy/cleantech sector.

Reference Projects

Ongoing Projects

Integrated Consulting Model for Mexico
Customer: Switzerland Global Enterprise/ Swiss companies

Market Analysis: Cleantech Sector in Mexico
Customer: ZHAW School of Management and Law

International Energy Benchmark for the Swiss Energy Strategy 2050 
Customer: ZHAW School of Management and Law

Completed Projects

Swiss-US Energy Innovation Days 2015 in Zurich (
Customer: Swiss Federal Office of Energy, Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects, Switzerland Global Enterprise

Dam and Landfill Construction in Colombia 1
Customer: Swiss Company 

Development of an International Compensation Model
Customer: German Company

Business Model for Developing Countries (Renewable Energy)
Customer: Swiss Company

“Market Pull” Project (Renewable Energy)
Customer: Swiss Company

Market Study about Water and Landfill Construction in Romania and Bulgaria
Customer: Swiss Company



Events - Review

Opportunities and Challenges of Green Economy in Latin America

On 14 November 2016, the Center for International Industrial Solutions invited several experts to the Swiss Green Economy Symposium Forum to discuss market prospects and successes in Latin America.

Program (PDF 862,0 KB)

ZHAW SML Article

Business Workshop: Brazil in Crisis - Time to Invest?

In June 06th 2016, in cooperation with Switzerland Global Enterprise and Walder Wyss Attorneys at Law, the ZHAW SML organized a dynamic and well-received conference about the current economic  situation in Brazil and the business opportunities for Swiss companies. The conference attracted amongst others highly experienced keynotes, CEOs of notable Swiss SMEs, high ranking experts of governmental bodies and academics. 

Program (PDF 40,9 KB)

Information Brochure (PDF 410,5 KB)

ZHAW SML Article (English)

PuntoLatino Article (Spanish)

Swissinfo Article (Portuguese)

Business Workshops: Recycling of E-Waste in Colombia

Most emerging countries are faced with an ever growing amount of E-waste, partly due to the growing middle classes and their increased consumption of durable consumer goods. E.g. Colombia produces 120.000 tons of E-waste annually, of which only 20.000 tons are recycled properly.

Switzerland is among the global leaders in these total life-cycle principles, including legislation, enforcement, recyclers, deposit of waste, etc. In this regard, the ZHAW SML organized two conferences to link notable Swiss governmental bodies, recycling companies, equipment manufacturers with the relevant counterparts in Colombia. 

Program Workshop 1 (June 18th, 2015) (PDF 232,3 KB)

Program Workshop 2 (September 08th, 2015) (PDF 306,6 KB)

Swiss-US Energy Innovation Days 2015

This high-level event with over 300 attendees took place from August 19 – 21, 2015 in Zurich in the popular Toni Areal. It was organized by the ZHAW School of Management and Law (Center for International Industrial Solutions), the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects and Switzerland Global Enterprise.

The central focus area was “Integrated Building Systems”. Four parallel workshops with a notable lineup of experts from Switzerland and the US covered the topics: 

  • Society & Economy - Sustainable Decision-Making
  • Energy Technologies - Buildings & Districts for the Future
  • Mobility - Future Supply and Demand
  • Architecture & Space - Energy as Context or Driver

The official Closing Conference featured outstanding keynotes by: 

  • Doris Leuthard, Minister of Energy
  • Suzan G. LeVine, Ambassador of the United States  
  • Patrick Warnking, Country Director of Google Switzerland 
  • Lino Guzzella, President of ETH Zurich

Invitation & Program (PDF 1,4 MB)

Closing Conference (PDF 1,4 MB)

Speakers and Panel-lists (PDF 757,7 KB)

Delegates Profiles (PDF 2,7 MB)