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Innovation as a driver for sustainability

Dätwyler Holding AG, Altdorf
Best Practice Meeting

Friday, September 15, 2023

1.30 pm - 7.30 pm

Dätwyler Holding Inc. is the leading supplier of high-quality, system-critical elastomer components. Its core competencies in solution design, materials know-how and operational excellence make Dätwyler a strategic development partner for innovative systems in global markets such as healthcare, mobility, connectivity, general industry and food & beverage. Dätwyler employs over 8000 people, operates at more than 25 locations worldwide and generated revenue of over one billion Swiss francs in 2022. On the way to climate neutrality by 2030, Dätwyler is also taking a proactive approach in the area of new materials. For example, an industrial process for surface modification of microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) was recently developed and patented. Substituting petrochemical materials with those derived from renewable raw materials is an important step towards increasing sustainability.



Dirk Lambrecht, Chief Executive Officer, Dätwyler Group. Dirk Lambrecht was appointed CEO of the Dätwyler Group at the beginning of 2017. He previously headed the Sealing Solutions Division, which combined the former Sealing Technologies and Pharma Packaging divisions. From 2005 to 2012, he was head of the Sealing Technologies Division. Before joining the Dätwyler Group, Dirk Lambrecht was Managing Director of Phoenix Traffic Technology GmbH, a subsidiary of Phoenix AG. He is a board member of Swissmem and of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Central Switzerland (IHZ). He holds a degree in mechanical engineering with a specialization in apparatus engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg; he completed additional training at the Management School St. Gallen, among others.


Sabrina Gérard, Chief Sustainability Officer, Dätwyler Group. Sabrina Gérard has been a member of the Dätwyler Executive Board since November 1, 2022, and leads the Group Function Sustainability & Operational Excellence as Chief Sustainability Officer. Previously, she held several positions at Dätwyler: Head of Sustainability and Agility since 2021, previously Chief Agility Officer and Vice President Global Quality & EHS. From 1991 to 2010, Sabrina Gérard held various management positions at Sterigenics, Rieter Automotive Systems (now Autoneum) and LGTB Metal Finishing. Sabrina Gérard holds a Master in Biochemical Engineering from KU Leuven University in Belgium.

Frank Schön, Chief Technology Officer, Dätwyler Group. Frank Schön has been a member of Dätwyler's Executive Board since February 2020 and leads the Technology & Innovation Group Function as Chief Technology Officer. Previously, he was Vice President R&D and Innovation responsible for global research and development in the Sealing Solutions Division since 2013. From 2004 to 2012, he held various management positions in research and development in the Sealing Technologies Group Division. Frank Schön graduated in chemistry from the University of Bayreuth, Germany, and subsequently obtained a PhD from the University of Freiburg, Germany. In addition, he holds an MAS in Business Administration and Engineering from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.


Martin Hirzel, Board member SMG, President Swissmem. Martin Hirzel has been President of Swissmem since January 2021 and has been active in Swiss industry for over 20 years. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Bucher Industries AG, Dätwyler Holding AG and three privately held SMEs. He is also Chairman of the Regional Economic Advisory Board of the Swiss National Bank and chairs the Advisory Board of the ZHAW School of Management & Law. Until the end of 2019, the Zurich native was CEO of Autoneum Holding AG for nine years. Prior to that, he led the market region South America, Middle East & Africa for four years, mainly from the headquarters in São Paulo (Brazil). Between 2000 and 2007 he lived in Shanghai (China), from where he was responsible for building up the local presence of Rieter Holding Ltd. Martin Hirzel started his professional career with a vocational apprenticeship, later studied business administration with a specialization in industry and international production at the ZHAW and finally completed the GMP at Harvard Business School.



Arrival of the participants to the Best Practice Meeting in the restaurant "Zum Schwarzen Uristier - Uristiersaal".


Welcoming by Martin Hirzel, Member of the Board SMG, and Dirk Lambrecht, Chief Executive Officer, Dätwyler Group

Presentation by Sabrina Gérard, Chief Sustainability Officer, Dätwyler Group: «Sustainability @ Dätwyler»

Presentation by Dr. Frank Schön, Chief Technology Officer, Dätwyler Group: «Sustainability and innovation - common goals»

Q&A session


Shuttle ride to Schattdorf, guided tour of the production facility


Return to Altdorf, summary and outlook by Martin Hirzel

Dätwyler invites you to an aperitif.


End of the event

Registration and fee

The number of participants in the Best Practice Meeting is limited. Registrations will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Contribution per person CHF 235. Confirmation and invoice will follow.

We ask for your understanding that registrations are binding. In case of a short-term prevention before the event, a substitution from the management is possible. Cancellations without a substitute and no-shows will be charged.

Please note that shots of our photographer may be featured in SMG publications and on the SMG website.



Host and Organizer

Gotthardstrasse 31
6460 Altdorf

Schweizerische Management Gesellschaft
Zeltweg 48, 8032 Zürich
office [at],
Phone + 41 44 202 23 25

How to get there

The event starts in the restaurant "Zum Schwarzen Uristier - Uristiersaal" (the restaurant is in the Dätwyler building).
Dätwylerstrasse 27
6460 Altdorf

Arrival by public transport from Zurich
Take the train to Flüelen train station or Altdorf train station and from there take the bus, which goes in the direction of Amsteg or Göschenen. Take the bus to the station "Altdorf UR, Dätwyler AG".

Arrival by public transport from Lucerne
You have the possibility to take the Tell bus from Lucerne train station to Altdorf Tell monument. Then you can take the bus in the direction of Amsteg or Göschenen. Get off at the station "Altdorf UR, Dätwyler AG".

Arrival by car from Zurich
Drive along the Axenstrasse to Flüelen. At the traffic circle, drive in the direction of Altdorf/Klausenpass. You will then drive through Altdorf - Dätwyler Holding AG is on the left.

Arrival by car from Lucerne
Take the A2 towards Gotthard and exit at Altdorf/Klausenpass. You will then drive through Altdorf - Dätwyler Holding AG is located on the left-hand side.

Parking options
Visitor parking is available on Dätwylerstrasse, directly behind the Dätwyler building.

The event will start in the restaurant "Zum Schwarzen Uristier - Uristiersaal" at Dätwylerstrasse 27 in 6460 Altdorf (the restaurant is in the Dätwyler building).

No photos are allowed during the tour.

Route planner: How to find us.


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