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High performance in space, precise engineering on earth

Ruag Space, Emmen
Best Practice Meeting

Tuesday, 29 October 2019
1.00 - 6.00 pm, Emmen

This event will be held in German.

RUAG Space is the leading supplier fur aerospace products in Europe and gaining prominence in the USA. With 14 production locations in six countries, this division of the international technology group RUAG specialises in products for satellites and booster rockets and employs around 1,300 people. Its competences fall into three areas: electronics for all aerospace applications, mechanical and thermal products for satellites, and structures and separation systems for booster rockets. RUAG Space is a supplier for institutional aeronautics programmes such as ESA and NASA, as well as for commercial projects like OneWeb. Payload fairing for the European booster rockets Ariane 5/6 and Vega are manufactured at the Emmen plant.



Dr. Peter Guggenbach, Chief Executive Officer RUAG Space. Dr. Peter Guggenbach has been part of the Group Executive Board of RUAG for the past ten years and directs the RUAG Space division with approximately 1,300 employees in six countries. Prior to this, he held various positions in the industry, including at ABB as Head of the Automation Products Switzerland division and as project manager at Mitsubishi Electric Corporation in Japan. Dr. Peter Guggenbach has a doctorate in science technology from ETH Zurich and an Executive MBA from IMD Business School Lausanne.


Franz Straumann, Manager Launchers Operations Europe. Franz Straumann has been working for RUAG Space since 1993. He was initially responsible for the payload fairing and satellite integration for the Ariane 5 rocket and later became team leader for Launchers Design Engineering. Here, he was in charge of the concept for the payload fairing and the design of the Ariane 5 and Vega payload fairing. He came to Emmen in 2012 and has managed the Emmen location since 2016. Franz Straumann has a BA in Mechanical Engineering and a master's degree in Entrepreneurship specialising in Innovation Management.


Dr. Philippe Hertig, Member of the Executive Board SMG, Partner, Egon Zehnder. Dr. Philippe Hertig is a partner at Egon Zehnder. He also acted as Managing Partner of the Zurich office from 2007 to 2012. He hails from a family of entrepreneurs with a long tradition. He worked as a Regional Sales Manager at Pilatus Aircraft Ltd on completion of a degree in business studies. He was a doctoral student at the Institute for Organisation and Human Resource Management at the University of Bern from 1993 to 1995 and then returned to Pilatus Aircraft Ltd to become a member of Executive Management and Head of the Government Aviation Business Unit. He joined Egon Zehnder in 1999, an executive search team specialising in finding and assessing senior leaders and board members.


1:00 pm

Delegates arrive at RUAG Space

1:30 pm

Welcome by Dr. Philippe Hertig, Member of the Executive Board SMG

Presentation by Dr. Peter Guggenbach, CEO RUAG Space: «High performance in space, precise engineering on earth – How to run a changing company in a changing market»

Presentation by Franz Straumann, Manager Launchers Operations Europe, RUAG Space Composite Center Emmen: «Success through innovation»

Questions and answers

2:45 pm


3:15 pm

Guided tour of production in groups

4:45 pm

Conclusion and outlook by Dr. Philippe Hertig

RUAG Space invites you to a standing reception

6:00 pm

End of the event

Registration and fee

The number of participants is limited. Registrations will be considered in the order in which they are received and in consideration of sector representation.

Fee per person: CHF 260. A confirmation of registration and invoice will follow.

Kindly note that the registrations are binding. A representative from the company management may attend if the original registrant is unable to attend at short notice. We are obliged to invoice in the event of cancellations without a stand-in and no-shows.

Please note that photographs taken by our photographer will be displayed in SMG publications and on the SMG website.

Taking photos or video recordings on any part of the RUAG premises in Emmen (either inside or outside the buildings) is strictly forbidden! Access onto the premises is only permitted with presentation of a valid photo ID. Please be prepared to present your ID at the entrance.


Host and event organiser

RUAG Space
Seetalstrasse 175
6032 Emmen

Event organiser
Schweizerische Management Gesellschaft
Zeltweg 48, 8032 Zürich
office [at],
Telefon + 41 44 202 23 25
Fax + 41 44 269 90 01

How to get there

Event location
RUAG Space
Seetalstrasse 175
6032 Emmen

Arriving by public transport
Participants who arrive by public transport take the S1 to Emmenbrücke in Lucerne station. There you have to walk about 200m towards Seetalplatz to the bus stop Emmenbrücke, Bahnhof Süd. Take the bus NFB 40 to Flugzeugwerke.

Arriving by car
Plenty of parking spaces are reserved for participants in front of the SAP building. Drive straight from Emmen at the RUAG roundabout and then turn right into Schiltwaldstrasse, where the car park is located.

How to get there


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