Leading Industries and Companies

The building of the Bank for International Settlements at Aeschenplatz, designed by architect Mario Botta.
The building of the Bank for International Settlements at Aeschenplatz, designed by architect Mario Botta.

Life Sciences

Basel has the highest density of successful Life Sciences companies world wide. With Roche and Novartis, the headquarters of two of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies are located in Basel. But that is only half of the big picture. The Life Sciences cluster in Basel also comprises many smaller companies (SMUs) and a continually growing number of successful start-ups. The life Sciences cluster stretches across three regions and its growth and dynamic development not only benefits the local pharmaceutical, bio- and medtech companies but all other sectors as well. The agro-business, the chemical industry and nanotechnology are also well represented in the Basel area, with companies that include Syngenta, Lonza, BASF, Bayer, Huntsman, Idemitsu and Clariant. Medical technology is focusing increasingly on the interface between Life Sciences and medical technology. With Straumann, Medartis and DePuySynthes, world leading medtech companies are already based here in Basel.

Financial Services

As a top business location, Basel also is a prime financial center, where, among others, the Bank for International Settlements has its headquarters. Differing from the Swiss average, insurance companies are highly significant in Basel. They contribute more than half of the added value in the financial sector. Insurance companies such as the Baloise Group and Helvetia are located here.

Logistics and trade

Swiss Rhine Harbour
Swiss Rhine Harbour

Its optimal location and public transportation system, with the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, the Swiss Rhine Harbour, the international railway stations and excellent connections to European motoway networks, make Basel into the logistics centre of Switzerland. The main road and rail routes for Europe all intersect in Basel, and global logistics players like Panalpina DHL, Rhenus make excellent use of this. Trading companies have also always been well represented in the Basel region. Companies like Coop, Manor, Fossil and Tally Weijl are just some of the examples.