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AESA in the News - swiss export Journal 1/19

20.03.2019

AESA Cortaillod
Test solutions towards high quality yields


AESA Cortaillod, an SME based in Colombier, Canton of Neuchatel, is active in the metrology of cables and wires. It concentrates on high end products with a focus on Quality. In 2018, it celebrated its 40 years of existence, proudly demonstrating continuous innovation over four decades to sustain its leadership position in this ever-demanding industry. Our Swiss headquarters houses the product development, assembly and testing activities, with the support of local suppliers. Exports of goods and services account for ~95% of our sales.

The company has three main business lines. In the Energy sector, AESA provides quality test instruments to measure the electrical resistance of cables. These measurements can be performed either on a sample in a laboratory environment or directly on the production lines. In the Telecommunication sector, AESA develops and sells fully Automatic Test Equipment (ATE) to characterize high bandwidth Ethernet cables over multiple frequency decades. The third area of activity concerns the development of Industry 4.0 Quality Data Management software and solutions towards smart cable factories.

AESA Cortaillod

The cable market is still highly fragmented, with multiple players worldwide. Although, the biggest demand for cables is coming from China and the USA, China is by far outstripping the rest of the world in terms of number of manufacturing plants. Given the high growth potential in Asia, AESA will have starting early 2019, its own office in Shanghai with local sales and technical resources. For other countries, we rely on a network of agents that can in certain cases provide basic technical support. The Swiss Made quality label is a clear differentiator but at the expense of higher price and higher customer expectations in return.

To stay ahead of the competition, AESA has a clear focus on innovations. But given our size, R&D activities strongly depend on collaborations with research institutions. Such an example is our recent Innosuisse (Swiss Innovation Agency) project with HEIG-VD in Yverdon. It helped us develop the necessary building blocks for next generations of ATE’s. These novel technologies could have other high frequency applications besides cable testing.

Today, profi tability is the driving force behind business operations and cable manufacturers are striving to improve their productivity and thus their profi tability. As such, our measuring systems, quality data management software, and services permit our clients to make informed production decisions based on sound and reliable data.

AESA aims at leveraging its know-how to pioneer novel, cost effective solutions. With our recognized brand name and technological leadership, we strongly believe that we’re well positioned to pursue our 40 years journey towards new promising horizons.

AESA SA, Colombier | Dr. Vincent Arbet-Engels | CEO, Managing Director


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