About: Marc von Waldkirch - CEO
Marc von Waldkirch has been serving as the Company’s CEO since 2016. Before becoming CEO, he held a variety of management positions in the Group from 2005 to 2016, including Head of Research & Development Liquid Flow Sensors and Vice President Research & Development. Before joining the Group, he worked as a research assistant at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH, where he previously studied physics and received an MSc in Physics and a PhD in Electrical Engineering.
1. Sensirion is known as an innovative company. Can you explain?
Sensirion is a pure-play sensor specialist that combines a position at the forefront of sensor innovation with a strong track record of manufacturing sophisticated and cost-efficient environmental and flow sensors for the automotive, medical, industrial and consumer markets. Examples of our innovative sensor technology include the introduction of the first digital, fully calibrated combined humidity and temperature sensor, the smallest microthermal differential pressure sensor and the first multi-pixel metal oxide gas sensor designed to withstand siloxanes, which are ubiquitous due to their widespread use across many industries.
2. Beside the innovation, what makes the difference compared to competitors?
Our exceptional company culture is definitely a key contributor to our success and power of innovation: beside fairness and honesty, we value the teamwork across all countries, organizational groups and skills, and we appreciate the close collaboration with our customers to solve their concrete sensor problems. And there’s also another factor that makes Sensirion stand out: we choose our employees very carefully and strive to ensure that we’re only working with the very best. You probably know this sentence from other companies. One indicator that this is true at Sensirion is undoubtedly our development: in just a few years, the company has grown from a tiny ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) start-up to a leading international high-tech company.
3. How does the future look?
Innovation is the heart of our company. In future, we are also fully dedicated to spending a significant amount of our revenue on research and development to develop advanced sensor products and new, leading-edge sensor technologies. We are well positioned to capture the growth in environmental and flow sensors, driven by structural megatrends such as the Internet of Things. With our product range of gas and liquid flow sensors, differential pressure sensors and environmental sensors for the measurement of humidity and temperature, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon dioxide (CO2) and particulate matter (PM2.5), we satisfy the requirements of our customers.
4. Can you tell us more about the use of those sensors?
Typically, our sensor solutions are designed for energy efficiency reasons, to increase quality of life by advancing safety, health and comfort, and also due to increasing digitalization, automation and productivity. For example, our sensor solutions in the automotive sector help to improve air quality in vehicles and prevent the fogging of windshields. Industrial applications provide smart gas metering and support domestic and industrial heating and ventilation air conditioning (HVAC) applications, including sensor solutions that are able to increase the energy efficiency of appliances such as air purifiers or refrigerators.
5. What advice do you give to your employees to strengthen customer loyalty?
First of all: listen to our customers’ needs and meet their requirements. By doing so, we have established a collaborative, long-standing relationship with many of our customers. Beyond being a supplier of sensor products, we work strategically with many of our key customers to devise sensor solutions that meet their requirements and specifications. Furthermore, we ensure optimal functionality of our sensor products in the customer’s applications, in particular through proper calibration, dedicated design and application support in the field.