Schweizer Electronic is the market leader in Europe for on track automated protection on busy railways for both passenger and freight lines. Railway automation and high-availability radio systems complement the product range and market segments.

Interview with Pascal Mamin, Head Railway Automation at Schweizer Electronic AG.

Easy Engineering: How was 2022 for your business, a short summary?

Pascal Mamin: At Schweizer Electronic, we experienced a stable turnover situation in 2022. In general, our business is focused on the long-term, which is reflected in our long-standing customer relationships and contracts. The supply chain has also been challenging for us and has put pressure on our margins. However, through forward planning and early sourcing of materials, we have managed to meet all orders and delivery deadlines.

E.E: What new products/services will be launched this year?

P.M: We are currently planning a new form of our existing of warning system product which allows for complex track layouts. We are also revising various systems from our existing product range which enhance the existing products without detriment to the base capabilities and quality associated with our business.

E.E: How did the market change in the last year?

P.M: Many markets are developing strongly now and more investments in infrastructure are planned. In addition, there is a clear trend towards digitalisation. This opens more potential for us in terms of consulting, designing and project implementation.

E.E: What were the best-selling products of 2022?

P.M: As a project manufacturer, it is difficult for us to keep representative statistics that can be compared 1:1. The number of units sold varies significantly from year to year as we are a project related supplier and these projects tend to focus over a time period rather than a set deliverable each month.

E.E: What sector of business do you think is expected to grow this year?

P.M: We expect component sales to be rather high compared to services.

E.E: What estimates do you have for 2023?

P.M: Expectations for 2023 are generally high – across all business units. We are aiming for growth of 5 to 7%. We are continuously driving forward our expansion strategy and the development of new markets. Key markets that were previously inaccessible are opening more and more and allowing competition. In 2023, there is a high need for investment and modernisation in the rail sector and an easing in the supply chain is also expected.  

E.E: A short message for collaborators for the beginning of the year.

P.M: We strive to continue acting as a reliable, stable partner for our customers and are always driving forward the development of technologies to make our contribution to railway safety.