Swiss Companies Prepared to Tackle Clean Air Challenges

During a full-day business conference, Swiss companies showcased technologies that reduce air pollution and help Los Angeles industries achieve California’s clean air requirements. Swiss business executives also received information about doing business with state agencies and how to successfully work within California’s regulatory environment. The information exchange was a collaborative effort between PortTech Los Angeles, the Switzerland Trade and Investment Promotion Agency USA and the OSEC Business Network Switzerland.

“The Swiss Emissions Control Forum is an example of how PortTechLA is working to facilitate local business opportunities for clean technologies world-wide,” said Jeff Milanette, Executive Director of PortTechLA. “With the port and hundreds of coastal industries, Los Angeles is the perfect place to potentially benefit from Swiss clean air technology solutions. Connecting Swiss companies with port representatives and clean air regulators will bring international clean technology companies and jobs to Los Angeles.”

One such company, Duap Industries with its partner Isamare, already expressed an interest in assembling their diesel fuel filtration systems in the Los Angeles area. "An event like this opens doors and allows you to build relationships with the right people. This is especially important for the regulatory approval process of a product or service," said Erich Vogt, Vice President of Duap Industries. "Port authorities have shown an interest in our technology that reduces emissions from diesel engines."

The representatives of Swiss diesel particulate filter suppliers Baumot AG and Tehag Engineering AG, as well as fuel injection technology provider Ganser CRS, were introduced to the emissions reduction efforts of truck and locomotive operators in Los Angeles harbor.  The transportation infrastructure needs in and around the harbor were of particular interest to Molinari Rail and Alva Alta, both also based in Switzerland. Kevin Maggay, a Port of Los Angeles representative with the Technology Assessment Program (TAP), discussed priority technologies being pursued by TAP, what funding is available and how to submit proposals. AQMD outlined their role in enforcing California Air Resources Board air quality mandates and how to work with AQMD.

"Currently in California, there are, as in the rest of the U.S., tremendous opportunities," said Martin von Walterskirchen, Regional Director of Switzerland Trade & Investment Promotion Agency headquartered in Chicago. “This event was an exciting step forward for Swiss technology companies and we look forward to doing more events with PortTechLA.”

About PortTechLA: PortTech Los Angeles, a commercialization center and incubation program, promotes and develops companies with technologies that enable enterprises and consumers to meet their immediate and future environmental, energy, security and logistics goals.  PortTechLA is an integral component in the Clean Tech Los Angeles Initiative, a founding member of the Business Incubation Network of Southern California and is a member of the National Business Incubation Association. The incubator is located adjacent to the Port of Los Angeles in the heart of the San Pedro Business Improvement and Arts, Culture and Entertainment Districts.

About Switzerland Trade & Investment Promotion: Switzerland Trade & Investment Promotion, headquartered in Chicago and part of the worldwide network of Swiss Business Hubs, is the official Swiss Trade Commission and Investment Promotion Agency in North America. The organization is the Swiss government’s “one-stop-shop” business solutions agency for small and medium-sized Swiss companies on the one hand and for North American companies seeking assistance with their expansion to Switzerland and Europe on the other hand.

About OSEC: With its head office in Zurich and branches in Lausanne and Lugano, OSEC has been commissioned by the government to promote Swiss foreign trade. It does so by taking into account the needs of export-oriented companies, primarily small-to-medium enterprises (SME). Its other main tasks are promoting Switzerland abroad as a business location and promoting imports from selected developing and transition countries.

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