Foster, support and conduct research and innovation.

We network companies and research institutions, and conduct research in the fields of optical coating and high-precision manufacturing in-house. Here you find everything about our offers and services.


RhySearch. The Rhine Valley Research and Innovation Centre

From precision manufacturing to optical coating, innovation begins here. RhySearch collaborates with industry and provides proprietary research as a service to originate hi-tech projects.

RhySearch is companies’ contact point for comprehensive research and innovation support and promotes networking among research and educational institutions. The technical infrastructure of RhySearch is unique in Switzerland and Liechtenstein: 

  • The Precision Manufacturing division operates the only research centre for high and ultra-precision machining, with high-precision machine tools and measuring equipment in a temperature-controlled manufacturing laboratory. 
  • The Optical Coating division is a centre of excellence with high-end coating systems and a highly specialised laser laboratory for layer analysis.

The Network & Innovation division launches initiatives designed to create opportunities and offers an independent, outside perspective on all questions relating to innovation. Its calendar features frequent events, both proprietary and those co-sponsored with partners. In addition, RhySearch conveys and offers instruments to promote innovation in companies.

Based in Buch SG, RhySearch is an institution governed by public law, sponsored by the Canton of St. Gallen and the Principality of Liechtenstein. Permanent cooperation partners are the OST – Ostschweizer Fachhochschule, Empa, inspire AG, and the University of Liechtenstein. RhySearch was founded in 2013 and since 2017 has been recognised by Innosuisse, the Swiss Agency for the Promotion of Innovation, as a research institution eligible for funding.

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