tecnoswiss is the trade association encompassing the majority of companies operating in the Swiss machine-tool and timber-processing machinery business as well as in the related tool business. The area in which the association members sell their goods is predominantly Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein. The machines and tools are mostly imported from all over the world, but products of Swiss origin are also marketed through tecnoswiss members. The association was founded in 1921 as a cooperative under Swiss law. In 2022, it was transformed into an association. The association is registered in the Commercial Register. tecnoswiss is affiliated to the umbrella association VSIG Swiss Trade, Basel. Moreover, tecnoswiss is member of CELIMO, the European federation of national associations of machine tools and tool venders.
The purpose of the association is to represent the interests of the machine and tool trade for metal, wood and plastics processing including subcontracting, engineering IT and service companies in Switzerland and the Principality of Lichtenstein, to promote competitiveness and to hold trade fairs.
Membership is open to companies and organizations that have their registered office in Switzerland or the Principality of Liechtenstein and belong to the machine and tool trade industry or related areas as defined in the Articles of Association.
tecnoswiss organizes and accompanies or participates in trade exhibitions and fairs, such as HOLZ in Basel and Innoteq in Bern. Various services and consulting services are available to members. These include industry-specific business surveys, customs statistics, publications and sample templates. Within the framework of social services, comprehensive solutions are offered together with other partners in the area of old-age provision and occupational pension schemes. Industry-specific offers at special conditions are also provided to association members as needed. Finally, current industry-relevant topics are communicated and common interests are represented externally within the framework of events and workshops.