Last April the Swiss center of excellence for helicopters was founded by the Glarus location development authority together with the heads of the Swiss Aerospace Cluster, as well as Marenco Swisshelicopter AG, Europoles Suisse GmbH and the municipality of Glarus Nord.

The former Mollis airfield in the canton of Glarus is to become an international hub for the construction and operation of helicopters. The Mollis helicopter center of excellence will be part of the existing Swiss Aerospace Cluster industry association.

Switzerland is traditionally home to many helicopter companies as a result of its mountainous terrain. The country’s helicopter sector consequently boasts exceptional expertise and is internationally renowned. However the helicopter industry still faces major challenges due to constantly changing regulations, high production costs in Switzerland and other issues that are in need of improvement. Helicopter companies are now seeking to strengthen the industry as a whole through promoting a united public image and exchange within the helicopter center of excellence. They aim to organize cooperations for sales promotion and support for product development. Thanks to this specialist group, Swiss helicopter expertise will be bundled, enhanced and positioned on the international stage.

The SKYe SH09 produced by Marenco already provides a good example of Switzerland’s excellence in the helicopter sector. The first Swiss-made helicopter will be manufactured in Mollis GL. The SKYe is a 2.5-ton lightweight multipurpose helicopter and is among the most modern in the world. We are convinced that the specialist group’s efforts will continue to make the Glarus Nord location more attractive and that new companies will move here to be part of this innovative environment.




About the Swiss Aerospace Cluster

The Swiss Aerospace Cluster has been actively networking Swiss aerospace companies for six years. The network’s shared activities focus on sales promotion through shared trade fair exhibits, public relations support, knowledge transfer and the promotion of innovation.


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Christian Zehnder is head of Economic Promotion for the Canton of Glarus. The Economic Promotion Office for the Canton of Glarus is your expert partner in the event that you are preparing to make a location or investment decision. The basic information to help you make sound decisions is readily available thanks to the efficient and transparent organization. You can count on absolute discretion and rapid processing, and the services are provided free of charge.

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