Zühlke – Empowering Ideas


Industrial Sector

Trends such as digitalisation, global competition or the demand for ever more innovation pose complex challenges for manufacturing industries; costs have to be reduced, sales secured and new ideas developed.

As an experienced innovation partner, we help you to transform these challenges into innovative solutions and services for your customers, and to exploit the potential of Industry 4.0 – the gradual digitalisation of industrial production – for your own benefit.

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Our consulting and engineering teams design, develop and implement customer-oriented end-to-end solutions for you, solutions that are reflected in intelligent products and services, automated fleet management, lean production and predictive maintenance, and that optimise your operations and reduce costs.

Thanks to decades of project experience, we ensure that your innovations reach the market, generate the required customer value and can be scaled quickly and successfully on your path to Industry 4.0.

Zuhlke industrie speed
Zuhlke industrie speed

Speeding up Hardware Development

New market conditions call for innovations that are developed and launched in ever shorter cycles, with a larger software component – and in record time.

We quickly turn your ideas into products that are ready for market, in ideation workshops where we develop and test your ideas with functional prototypes and with agile, cross-functional teams of experts from the fields of electronics, mechanics, optics, software and usability who build, produce and successfully launch your mass-market products. 

Cost optimisation and the short time to market ensure you can compete against the world’s best.  

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Zuhlke industrie vernetzen
Zuhlke industrie vernetzen

Connecting Products the Smart Way

In a digitised world, connected products aren’t nice-to-have – they’re a basic requirement for staying in business.

We use smart technology to make your products interconnectable with the full range of suppliers, and process the data this generates on a centralised platform.

This delivers the profound insights that lay the groundwork for Industry 4.0 use cases. Automated condition monitoring and fleet management, optimised operation processes and new services for your customers are some of the potential use cases that improve efficiency and offer compelling opportunities to differentiate your products from your competitors.

Zuhlke industrie produktkosten
Zuhlke industrie produktkosten

Reducing Production Costs with Value Engineering 

The production of goods is one of the biggest manufacturing cost items for companies, while systems development offers the biggest potential to economise.

With our value-engineering approach, we help you develop equipment, machines, associated disposables and production facilities more cost effectively

By focusing on value from the start, we can cut production costs by up to 50%.

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Zuhlke industrie flexibilitat 02

Staying Flexible with Standard Solutions Customised to Your Needs

Companies that purchase standard software and/or hardware solutions from third-party providers invariably face the issue of supplier dependency. While commercial off-the-shelf products may look like a cost-effective option, they usually lead to vendor lock-in and the loss of IP ownership.


As a full lifecycle partner, we solve this problem with a blend of standard products and custom-made solutions tailored to your specific business needs.

This gives you maximum flexibility when it comes to systemic changes, data sovereignty and development costs. 

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Zuhlke industrie transparenz 1

Optimising Performance and Transparency with Data-Driven Solutions

A lack of feedback from processes and devices is one of the main causes of operational inefficiency and revenue loss in the manufacturing sector. The answer is a holistic digitalisation strategy, built around interconnected, smart, machine-learning solutions that culminate in a more efficient, entirely data-driven company.

Our solutions allow you to collect and apply the data required for Industry 4.0 use cases like automation, which boosts the efficiency of the production process, resource management, quality control and customer service.

To maximise impact for our customers, we develop customised, AI solutions and install best-in-class sensor technology – for edge-data acquisition that delivers more comprehensive feedback. By eliminating data blind spots, we pave the way for operational excellence.  

Rolf Höpli

Rolf Höpli

Director Business Development
Contact person for Switzerland

Rolf Höpli is Director and Partner at the Zühlke Group. As a Machine Engineering and Computer Science graduate, he is responsible for business development in Switzerland for the industrial MEM sector. In addition to the overarching theme of digitalization, Rolf is currently focused on the transformation of the customer experience, interdisciplinary product innovation and monetization of data science use cases. Rolf is a speaker and lecturer, he passes on his experience on the topic of digitization at universities of applied sciences (ffhs and BFH) and at MEM congresses.

Zühlke Gerald Brose

Gerald Brose

Executive Director Business Development
Contact person for Germany

Gerald Brose is Director Business Development at the Zühlke Group. An Economics graduate, he is responsible for business development in Germany for the industrial sector with a focus on plant and mechanical engineering. Before joining Zühlke, he worked as a consultant and key account manager in IT outsourcing. In addition to the overarching theme of digitalisation, Gerald is currently focused on IP ownership in product innovation, monetisation of data science use cases, and customer experience.


William Dew

Managing Director Business Development
Contact person for Singapore

William Dew leads Business Development for Zühlke in Singapore. He has over 20 years of experience working with diverse organisations across Asia, Europe, and the Middle East to solve complex business and technology challenges. Prior to joining Zühlke, William was the founder and CEO of a PropTech business in Hong Kong and has held various APAC leadership roles within companies in the FinTech and Communications industries.


Connie Yeung

Business Development Manager
Contact person for Hong Kong

Connie oversees the Insurance and other key business verticals in Hong Kong. She has over 10 years of experience working in both Finance and IT industry, supporting a wide range of organisations including Fortune 500 clients. With that, she has gained extensive insight into how enterprises can create better business outcomes with digital innovation. Connie is also active in foundations supporting initiatives on women leadership and women in IT.

Brewster Barclay

Brewster Barclay

Business Development Director
Contact person for United Kingdom

Brewster Barclay has a long history developing and selling innovative software and hardware solutions in the electronics and Internet industries, including running a start-up for 6 years. He is dedicated to helping customers create innovative solutions in healthcare and has shown this outside of his Zühlke responsibilities in his frequent mentoring of e-health and medtech startups.

Andreas Pfleger

Andreas Pfleger

Business Development Manager
Contact person for Austria

Andreas Pfleger is Business Development Manager at Zühlke. After a view exiting years in the manufacturing area, he changed to the IT sector. As a senior project manager he was responsible for mainly sofware development projects. For more than 8 years he specialises in solution-orientated business development in manufacturing and the machine building industry. He has a passion for the industrial digital transformation.