Swiss Materials for a Better Future: Empa @ Design Shanghai

By Yao Lan, Junior Project Manager Interdisciplinary & Special Projects

The arrival of spring has brought forth a good variety of cultural events. At the top of the list comes Design Shanghai, one of the leading design events in Asia. This year swissnex China has been invited to represent Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, at the New Material and Application Exhibition area curated by Neuni.


On March 8, Dr. Felix Moesner, Science Consul and CEO of swissnex China, represented Empa as a guest speaker to share the latest Swiss development and achievements in science, technology, ecology and materials with the audience at the New Material Workshops. The fresh topic attracted a large audience who were eager to learn about cutting-edge Swiss contributions in the field.

Throughout the 4-day exhibition from 6-9 March, innovative materials and applications from Switzerland were placed in the spotlight. New materials created with leading-edge Swiss technologies and products were prominently featured as part of Material Trends on “Future Craft,” “Residual Impact,” and “Bio-Digitalization”. Materials and products from all over the world have been presented in this 1,000㎡ exhibition area. It was the first time for many of these designers and material manufacturers to be introduced to the Chinese market.


As an interdisciplinary research institute of the ETH Domain, Empa conducts cutting-edge materials and technology research and showcased at Design Shanghai innovative product such as Sonowood, Gold Coated Fiber, Optical Fiber Sensors and Smart Textiles etc. In addition to the exhibits from Empa, the world’s most advanced anti-counterfeiting technology as seen on Swiss Bank notes were also on display while Swiss brands such as Egli studio and Schoenstaub also brought their products to the show, which was supported by the Consulate General of Switzerland in Shanghai.