Construction in Switzerland Trends and Share 2018

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This report provides detailed market analysis, information and insights into the Swiss construction industry including:

  • The Swiss construction industry's growth prospects by market, project type and type of construction activity
  • Analysis of equipment, material and service costs across each project type within Switzerland
  • Critical insight into the impact of industry trends and issues, and the risks and opportunities they present to participants in the Swiss construction industry
  • Profiles of the leading operators in the Swiss construction industry.
  • Data highlights of the largest construction projects in Switzerland

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Executive summary

The Swiss construction industry recorded a CAGR of 2.66% during the review period. The country’s economy contracted in 2009 due to the global financial crisis, but started to recover the following year. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index 2012–2013, the country is the most competitive economy in the world. The outlook for construction is favorable, as a result of the government’s focus on infrastructure modernization, as well as increased investments in the manufacturing industry due to rising export demand. Moreover, the introduction of the minimum CHF/EUR exchange rate is likely to support growth in the commercial construction market. The construction industry’s output is therefore expected to record a CAGR of 2.68% over the forecast period.


This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the construction industry in Switzerland. It provides:

  • Historical (2009-2013) and forecast (2014-2018) valuations of the construction industry in Switzerland using construction output and value-add methods
  • Segmentation by sector (commercial, industrial, infrastructure, institutional and residential) and by project type
  • Breakdown of values within each project type, by type of activity (new construction, repair and maintenance, refurbishment and demolition) and by type of cost (materials, equipment and services)
  • Analysis of key construction industry issues, including regulation, cost management, funding and pricing
  • Detailed profiles of the leading construction companies in Switzerland

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Key highlights

  • The construction industry in Switzerland is expanding at a healthy rate. According to the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (FSO), in the first quarter of 2014 the construction industry production increased by 6.7% in nominal terms when compared to the same period of 2013, while turnover increased by 7.5% during the same period. The turnover of the building construction, civil engineering and specialized construction activities increased by 13.9%, 12.7% and 3.5% respectively. Value added by the construction industry in 2013 increased by 1.2% over 2012 and contributed 5.1% of the total GDP in 2013. However, there are concerns over trends in the property market, with signs of overheating. The UBS Swiss Real Estate Bubble index has been rising steeply since 2011, reaching a high of 1.23 in the fourth quarter of 2013, up from 1.20 in the previous quarter and just 0.34 in the fourth quarter of 2011, with a reading above 2 suggesting that a market bubble has been formed. The index slipped to 1.22 in the first quarter of 2014, but is still characterised as “at-risk”.
  • According to the FSO, the country’s total population reached 8.1 million in 2013, of which foreigners comprised 23.8%, with the number increasing from 1.7 million to 1.9 million in 2013. Hence in 2014, the government approved the initiative to stop mass immigration into the country. Under this initiative, a quota will be introduced to limit the long-term residence permits granted to foreigners. Immigration from European Union countries to Switzerland will be restricted, which is likely to affect the demand for new residential units.
  • The Swiss government considers education, research and innovation as a priority sector, and in 2012 formulated an ERI policy to promote these sectors for the period 2013-2016. A national expenditure of around CHF26 billion (US$27.6 billion) is planned to be spent on this policy. Moreover during the period 2013-2016, the budget is expected to grow at an above average rate of 3.7%, when compared with other sectors.
  • According to FSO, the number of overnight stays registered by the hotel industry reached 35.6 million in 2013. After registering a decline for two consecutive years, in 2013 the number of overnight stays increased by 2.5% over the previous year. In 2010, the federal government implemented a strategic tourism policy for the period 2012-2015, in order to improve the tourism industry and promote the country as a tourist destination. This policy is likely to attract tourists in the coming years. Moreover, in order to boost the hospitality industry, in 2013 the Swiss Federal Council approved the extension of the special 3.8% VAT rate until 2017 for the hotel industry. These increased government efforts to promote tourism industry will support the gradual growth in the leisure and hospitality buildings category over the forecast period.
  • Following the 2011 nuclear disaster in Japan, the Swiss government decided to change its energy policy. In the same year, the government developed an Energy Strategy 2050 to phase out all nuclear power plants by 2050, as well as ensure the country’s guaranteed energy supply. The strategy will be implemented in phases, with the first to be executed by 2020. Several initiatives such as reducing the per capita energy consumption and expanding new renewable energy will be covered under this first phase. Such initiatives will support the growth of the energy and communication infrastructure category over the forecast period.

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