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Colibrys launches new products and strengthens its position as high-end MEMS sensors manufacturer

Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, 10 April 2015


Colibrys, the Swiss MEMS manufacturer, announces a new product launch and strengthens its worldwide position as a high-end motion sensors supplier. This news closes an intense period of change that began in 2013 with the company buy-out from Sagem (SAFRAN group), world leader in inertial sensing system.


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Colibrys and OxTS announce xOEMcore the first standalone IMU on offer from OxTS

Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, 13 March 2015


OxTS Oxford  / Colibrys announced the launch of the xOEMcore IMU/INS, integrating high-grade MEMS sensors in a small board set package.


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Colibrys officially in production at Yverdon-les-Bains

Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, 10 September 2014


Colibrys announces the official release of its production activities at its new manufacturing site Av. des Sciences 13, 1400 Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland.

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Colibrys has a new logo!

Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, 7 May 2014


You will now be seeing our new logo on our website and on our other communications media.


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Colibrys inaugurates its premises to Yverdon-les-Bains

Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, 22 January 2014


World-class leader in the field of high performance micro-motion sensors, Colibrys inaugurates its presence in the area of ​​Y-Parc in Yverdon-les-Bains.

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Colibrys releases its new ±5g MEMS accelerometer for vibration and mini shock sensing

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 1st October 2013


Colibrys (Switzerland) Ltd. has announced today the release of its VS9005.D, a new ±5g range MEMS vibration sensor, complementing its existing family of +/-2g to +/-200g products targeted for applications in the industrial and instrumentation markets.

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Colibrys turns its attention to the North American market

Washington, D.C., 29 August 2013


During the AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2013 event – held this month in Washington, D.C. – Colibrys focused on the growing U.S. demand for its microelectrical mechanical systems (MEMS) sensor platforms, as well as its new role functioning within the Safran group.

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Colibrys joins SBG Systems to announce the Ekinox Series, a new range of inertial systems which brings MEMS to the Tactical Grade.

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 31 July 2013


Colibrys (Switzerland) Ltd, Neuchâtel / SBG Systems, France, 31 July 2013 – with the strong support of Colibrys, SBG Systems presents a brand new range of AHRS and Inertial Navigation Systems called Ekinox Series. Integrating Colibrys accelerometers, the Ekinox Series brings robust and cost-effective MEMS sensors to the Tactical Grade.

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Sagem (Safran) acquires Swiss company Colibrys SA

Paris, France, 31 January 2013


Sagem (Safran), the European leader in navigation systems, has acquired the Swiss company Colibrys SA, specialized in high-performance micro-sensors (acceleration and vibration) based on silicon MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical system) technology.

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Colibrys consolidates its presence in the Indian market

Neuchatel, Switzerland, 6 September, 2012


Colibrys (Switzerland) Ltd. has appointed Zetatek as new Indian distributor dedicated mainly to the Mil/Aerospace and Industrial markets. Advanced MEMS motion sensors are increasingly used in the wide range of existing and new high precision and harsh environment applications. The growing demand within India for indigenously manufactured avionic and industrial systems is in turn creating significant opportunities for specialized sensors into the Indian market.


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Colibrys and iXBlue announce smallest marine and subsea gyrocompassing and AHRS based navigation systems

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 17 April, 2012


iXBlue, France / Colibrys, Neuchatel, April 2012 - announced the launch of the latest generation of marine and subsea fully strapdown gyrocompassing and AHRS based navigation system called QUADRANS. The small size and high precision was achieved to be the smallest such a system can achieve on the market today. The small size and high precision was achieved in a large part due to the integration on latest MEMS accelerometers from Colibrys with a fully strapdown gyrocompass system.


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Colibrys SA relocates to new premises in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 7 February, 2012


Colibrys SA, a world leading manufacturer of sensors for precision navigation and seismic monitoring announced today their decision to relocate locally, some 35kms distant in the Y-Parc at Yverdon-les-Bains, Canton Vaud, Switzerland. The relocation which encompasses all parts of the Colibrys business will be completed by mid 2013. The project is supported by some 10mio USD investment in support of dedicated new clean-rooms for the manufacture of 6 inch silicon wafers; advanced assembly and test capabilities as well as all systems design, product engineering and administration activities.


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Colibrys new strong motion accelerometer helping save lives in the world’s Earthquake zones

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 30 November, 2011


Colibrys (Switzerland) Ltd, announced today the release of the SF1600S, a state of the art MEMS based Seismic accelerometer. The new SF1600S.A is a fit-form-function replacement of the former SF1500S.A whilst offering marginally improved noise performance. The new accelerometer is fully ROHS compliant and  is manufactured in Switzerland as such is classified free of export licence.


New accelerometer SF1600S will be presented at AGU Fall Meeting 2011 in San Francisco, 5-9 December,

2011 (booth #1622).

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Colibrys consolidates its presence in Russia

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 18 October, 2011


Neuchatel, Switzerland: Colibrys has appointed Aviton as new distributor to better serve the growing and dynamic Industrial and Instrumentation Russian market as well as the numerous avionic requirements.

Advanced MEMS accelerometers are increasingly used in the wide range of Mil/Aerospace and high end Industrial and Instrumentation applications and starting to replace traditional expensive electro mechanical solutions.

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Colibrys precision tilt sensor locked into high reliability platform stabilization applications

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 7 September, 2011


Colibrys (Switzerland) Ltd. has announced today the release of the MS9001.D, a MEMS based tilt sensor targeted at industrial and aerospace markets for use typically in platform stabilization applications. The product has already been qualified for example in conjunction with satellite communication and scanning radar antennas, remote surveillance cameras, industrial table-tops or fire-control servo-systems.

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Colibrys targets denationalised Russian Aerospace and Energy industries

Neuchatel, Switzerland, 28 July, 2011


Colibrys has appointed Radiant-Elcom JSC as Russian distributor for its range of MEMS accelerometers.


The Russian market for commercial and military aircraft and helicopters represents a significant proportion of the world market today. With that comes the need for leading avionics navigation and control systems and subsystems. As the world’s leading independent supplier of inertial sensors, we hope to capitalize on the opportunities that will come with the planned liberalization of this market.

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Colibrys Seismic sensors for Condition monitoring, Earthquake mapping and Tsunami warning

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 30 May, 2011


Colibrys (Switzerland) Ltd, Neuchatel Switzerland announced today the release of the SF2006, their latest generation of MEMS based Seismic sensors. These sensors are the only MEMS based accelerometers qualified today by the USGS (US Geological Survey). The sensors are used for multiple applications including Tsunami warning systems, Structural Condition Monitoring (CM) of large buildings, dams, nuclear plants etc, and also seismic pre-mapping and seismic intensity measurements.

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Colibrys strengthens its presence in China

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 8 March, 2011


Colibrys signed today an agency agreement with NAV Technology Co., Ltd. based in Beijing, China for its MEMS accelerometers within China.

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Colibrys expands global presence into Turkey with IMCA Elektronik Ltd.

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 2 February, 2011


Colibrys (Switzerland) Ltd, announced today signing a distribution agreement with IMCA Elektronik Ltd. for the distribution of its MEMS accelerometers in Turkey.


Colibrys continues its worldwide expansion strategy by selecting IMCA as its distributor in Turkey. Turkey is actively investing in developing its own indigenous technology capabilities and sources, especially in the Mil/Aerospace and seismic instrumentation markets and as such presents a real opportunity for sale of inertial, vibration and seismic accelerometers. With already many years of experience in the Mil/Aerospace and Industrial markets and a well established customer database, IMCA is an ideal partner for Colibrys.

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Frost & Sullivan Award Highlights Colibrys’ Outstanding Advances in Enabling Technology of MEMS Accelerometers

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 3 November, 2010


The 2010 Frost & Sullivan award for Enabling Technology in MEMS accelerometers has been awarded to Colibrys SA. The company has been recognised for its development and exploitation of high precision MEMS based capacitive accelerometer products.


Precision navigation aids are essential for aviation and smart munitions, as well as in autonomous land vehicles, robotics, and personal locators. The solution of choice has been the highest precision inertial measurement units (IMUs) which provides good performance but tax the rest of the system budgets, including cost (which runs into thousands of dollars), power, and size. Hence, systems designers have begun to re-examine their approach to guidance-system design, primarily because of an order-of-magnitude savings in cost, along with attractive size and power advantages. The challenge for designers is to reallocate system performance budgets and to design-in additional performance rather than relying solely on the core IMU. The cost advantages would open up many new application opportunities.

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Colibrys MEMS accelerometers qualified by Siemens Mobility for high speed trains     17.09.10

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 17 September, 2010


Siemens Mobility and Colibrys announced today that Colibrys’ MEMS accelerometers have been successfully qualified for the latest generation of German ICE high speed trains. The Velaro D train is the fourth generation of interoperable high-speed trains made by Siemens using distributed traction and the first integrating innovative bogie monitoring systems.


Future train systems are looking to reduce maintenance costs, facilitate repair planning whilst at the same time improving passenger and driver safety and comfort. Siemens has developed a bogie monitoring system that detects wear within bearings, shafts, brakes or wheels and identifies any potential bogie instability that could provoke an accident.

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MEMS Sensors and Structural Health Monitoring System Successfully Deployed in Chilean Earthquake Zone     17.08.10

Scottsdale, AZ (USA) and Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 17 August, 2010


Digitexx Inc and Colibrys SA announced today the successful results of an innovative mobile Structural Health Monitoring system deployed since March in a newly constructed building in Vina del Mar, Chile. The system has 16 Colibrys MEMS based accelerometers embedded throughout the building to monitor the integrity of the building structure during ongoing construction these past months.

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Colibrys (Switzerland) Ltd signed today a distribution agreement with Pewatron AG for their motion sensors     01.06.10

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 1st of June, 2010


Colibrys signs Pewatron AG as distributor for its standard motion sensors in Switzerland and custom products world-wide


Colibrys’ partnership with Pewatron will strengthen its presence and level of sales support throughout Switzerland and world-wide for customer specific products. This collaboration will increase visibility and business potential of both companies in the Mil/Aerospace, Industrial and Instrumentation markets.

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Colibrys expands its accelerometer product line for Advanced Drilling Applications


Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 27 April, 2010


New accelerometer MS9001.D will be presented at Offshore Technology Conference 2010 in Houston, 3-6 May, 2010 (booth #9755)


Colibrys (Switzerland) Ltd. has announced today the release of the MS9001.D, a ±1g MEMS tilt sensor, to complement its existing family of MEMS accelerometers for down borehole and directional drilling applications.

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Colibrys new MEMS accelerometer for Attitude Heading and Reference Systems (AHRS)


Neuchatel, Switzerland, 23 February, 2010


Colibrys (Switzerland) Ltd. has announced today the release of its new MS9005, a ±5g range MEMS accelerometer, to complement its existing family of +/-2g and +/-10g products targeted primarily at AHRS applications.

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Colibrys has appointed Treffer Technologias as Brazilian distributor for their complete range of MEMS motion sensors     28.01.10

Neuchâtel, Switzerland and Minas Geraias, Brazil, 28 January, 2010


Brazil and more widely South America is recognized as a new growing market for motion sensors in a wide variety of Mil/Aerospace, Energy and Industrial applications. Treffer Technologias is well recognized in Brazil with a strong experience in high tech applications. This collaboration will put Colibrys in ideal position to offer the right product and right level of services to the fast growing Brazilian and South American markets

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Colibrys launches MEMS Tilt Sensor featuring micro g bias stability for platform stabilization, down borehole drilling and measurement whilst drilling (MWD) applications

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 3 September, 2009

New accelerometer RS9003 will be presented at Offshore Europe 2009 in Aberdeen, 8th-11th September, 2009 (booth #647 from BFi-OPTiLAS).

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Colibrys launches world's best open-loop MEMS accelerometer displacing traditional high cost, fragile solutions

Neuchâtel, Switzerland , 26 May, 2009

Colibrys confirm launching today the IRIS accelerometer family, world’s best open-loop MEMS accelerometer, to displace traditional vibrating quartz and electromechanical solutions.

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Colibrys and Avnet Electronics Marketing sign franchise agreement for North America

Neuchâtel, Switzerland and Phoenix, Arizona, 25 September, 2008

Colibrys and the Avnet Electronics Marketing business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today announced Avnet will distribute Colibrys’ full line of motion sensors in North America.

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Colibrys extended bandwidth capacitive vibration sensors to displace piezoresistive technology for HUMS applications     05.05.08

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 5 May, 2008

The new Colibrys wide bandwidth capacitive accelerometers set new performance standards on vibration sensing and are expected to displace piezoresistive sensors in Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS), Aeronautics, Railway technologies and Automotive crash testing applications. The recognized high performance level of capacitive sensors, well proven for inertial and seismic applications, is now also available for vibration sensing.

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Colibrys appoints Don Stoops as VP Global operations     23.04.08

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 23 April, 2008

Colibrys announced today the appointment of Don Stoops to the role of VP Global operations. Don Stoops will be responsible worldwide for the strategic management of the Colibrys operations, hence including Manufacturing, Product development, Quality, EH&S and Central services. In addition to this mission, Don Stoops will serve as EVP and General Manager for Colibrys Inc.

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Colibrys releases a new generation of inertial sensors for harsh environments     19.03.08

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 19 March, 2008

Today, Colibrys has launch the new MS9000 family of inertial accelerometers specifically designed for harsh environments and safety critical applications.

This new generation of products comes in a LCC20 (8.9mm x 8.9mm) ceramic package, some three times smaller than current sensors and in a variety of g ranges from ±2g to ±250g. These sensors can operate over extended temperature ranges with just a few milli g bias stability guaranteed over extended lifetime. These high quality sensors conform to MIL-STD-883-E as typically required by the aerospace, military and geophysical markets.

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Colibrys motion sensors have been certified for safety critical railway applications     29.01.08

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 29 January, 2008

Colibrys is pleased to announce the certification of its inertial, vibration and tilt sensors for safety critical applications.

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Colibrys has appointed Midoriya Electric Co., Ltd. as Japanese distributor     18.07.07

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 18 July, 2007

Colibrys (Switzerland) Ltd, announced today appointing Midoriya Electric Co., Ltd. as Japanese distributor for their complete range of MEMS products.

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Colibrys launches a new ‘strong motion' seismic sensor for earthquake measurement and structural monitoring of buildings     05.06.07

Houston TX USA and Neuchatel, Switzerland, 5 June, 2007

Colibrys is pleased to announce launch of the new SF2005 seismic sensor dedicated to building, machine or structural monitoring as well as earthquake and seismology measurements. The SF2005 MEMS capacitive accelerometer is offering very low noise levels of 2µg/√Hz for a measurement range of ±4g as required by the above listed applications.

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Colibrys has appointed BFi OPTiLAS AS as Pan-European Distributor     15.02.06

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 15 February, 2006

Colibrys SA, announced today appointing BFi OPTiLAS as Pan-European distributor for their complete range of MEMS (product range).

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Colibrys has appointed Elkay International Inc. as Indian Distributor     07.12.05

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 7 December, 2005

Colibrys SA, announced today appointing ELKAY International Inc. and their marketing arm AARJAY International Pvt Ltd. as Indian distributor for their complete range of MEMS (product range).

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Colibrys signs Partnership Agreement with BAE Systems

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 24 May, 2005

Colibrys SA announced today signing a Preferred Supply Agreement with BAE Systems, Plymouth UK. Within this agreement, Colibrys will be a preferred supplier of High performance accelerometers for use within BAE Systems' Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) commonly supplied for use into various Defence and Aerospace applications.

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Colibrys acquires Applied MEMS business from I/O

Merged Entity will be a Leading Global Provider of Advanced MEMS Technology

Houston, 17 December, 2004

Input/Output, Inc. (NYSE: IO) and Colibrys SA, a privately-held firm based in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, announced today that Colibrys has completed the acquisition of the Applied MEMS subsidiary from I/O in an all-stock transaction.  Colibrys designs and manufactures high-performance MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems) products and offers contract manufacturing services for MEMS devices to customers in the defense, aerospace, telecommunications, life sciences, industrial imaging, and energy industries.  The new company, which will retain the name Colibrys and remain headquartered in Switzerland, will become one of the largest and most technologically advanced firms in the global MEMS industry.

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Frost & Sullivan award aknowledges Colibrys SA's technological excellence

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 20 July, 2004

For its pioneering role in advancing optical and industrial MEMS subsystems, components and fabrication technology, the 2004 Frost and Sullivan Award for Excellence in Technology is presented to Colibrys SA. The award lauds the Switzerland-based company's proficiency in combining innovative technology with an intelligent marketing strategy.

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Colibrys appoints European Sales Manager

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 7 July, 2004

Colibrys SA, disclosed today the decision to appoint Mr. Domenico Fumagalli as European Sales Manager. Mr. Fumagalli will be based in Colibrys' newly established office in Milan, Italy.

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Colibrys Launches a best-in-class MEMS accelerometer: The MS8000

Neuchâtel, Switzerland and Cary, North Carolina, USA, 3 June, 2004

After a rigorous and successful qualification, based on the recognized standards MIL-STD-883-E, Colibrys has released for production a new range of high stability MEMS capacitive accelerometers. The new SMD MS8000 series.

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Bookham Technology and Colibrys use new MEMS concepts to produce dynamic optical products for telecommunications networks



Neuchâtel, Switzerland and Agingdon Oxfordshire, UK , 25 February, 2004

MEMS designs and fabrication processes have been jointly established in a complementary relationship between Bookham Technology plc (LSE: BHM; NASDAQ: BKHM) and Colibrys SA to create and implement variable optical attenuator modules. 


Colibrys Expands whereas MEMS Industry Contracts



Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 11 December, 2002

Colibrys SA announced the registration of its subsidiary in North America, Colibrys Inc. and its appointment of James A. Aberson, as Business Development Manager for North America. 


Successful completion of second round financing



Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 20 November, 2002

Colibrys SA, Europe leading independent MEMS manufacturer, announced the successful completion of second round financing, raising a total of $10 million in venture capital funding. 


New MEMS Capacitive Accelerometers MS 7000 Series



Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 18 July, 2002

Colibrys announces the availability of their new MS7000 MEMS capacitive accelerometer.
Today customers that critically rely on bias stability under extreme operational conditions can find the accelerometer they have been looking for. 


GalayOr Networks partners with MEMS SOI waveguide-based products.



Lod, Israel and Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 9 September, 2002

GalayOr Networks Ltd., a developer of on-chip integrated micro-optical components and packaging solutions based on unique moving-waveguide technology, today announced a development partnership with Swiss-based Colibrys S.A., Europe's largest independent manufacturer of silicon MEMS, and micro-optical components. 


Colibrys SA, a CSEM spin off, finalises financing round



Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 17 July, 2001

CSEM SA (Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique) and Colibrys SA announced today the successful completion of the first round of financing for Colibrys SA, raising a total of US$12 million in venture capital funding. Investors are aventic, Banexi, Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, Intel Capital and TAT Investments. 


C.S.E.M. launches Colibrys S.A. as autonomous MEMS manufacturing company



Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 1st January, 2001

Thomas Hinderling CEO of CSEM announced the founding of Colibrys SA, a spin-off from its former Microsystems Manufacturing Division.

Sean Neylon, formerly Vice President - Microsystems within CSEM, will head up Colibrys as CEO supported by an experienced MEMS industrial management team.

Colibrys specialises in the production of innovative custom MEMS products including micro-magnetic MEMS chips for industrial printing presses; micro-optical components for the telecoms and semiconductor equipment markets and micro-mechanical accelerometers for inertial navigation applications. New product developments are focused on Optical MEMS components for telecommunications; radiation detectors for emerging medical imaging and biotech applications.

The new company is recognised worldwide as a leading source for the design development and production of custom silicon based MEMS products. Colibrys intends to take over all the responsibilities of CSEM as lead partner in the European Europractice - MEMS MC4 flexible foundry cluster.

The business is self-contained within its newly dedicated MEMS wafer fabrication, assembly and test facility near to CSEM. Colibrys and CSEM are currently in discussion with strategic investors and Venture Capitalists to raise some 25Mio SFr for further expansion of Colibrys' existing MEMS manufacturing capacity.

Employing 110 people today and, driven by strong production orders for all its products, Colibrys is seeking to engage additional people of all disciplines in the coming months.

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