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Silvan Lämmle

CEO and co-owner, PANOLIN AG

After completing his apprenticeship as a truck mechanic, Silvan Lämmle went on to become a Swiss certified technical merchant. From 2004 to 2005 he completed management studies at the University of St.Gallen (HSG). He has been working in the family business PANOLIN since 1999. In 2008 he took over management of the Marketing and Sales department and became CEO in 2012.

Representatives of Swiss SMEs look pragmatically and honestly at the circular economy sector and explain the challenges and opportunities.

SME Switzerland | German

2.30 p.m.

Panel discussion on SMEs and circular economy

Dominik Isler took the stage again, this time hosting a discussion on the circular economy and Swiss SMEs. Though this subject is very much present in the Swiss economy, as Silvan Lämmli, CEO and co-owner of PANOLIN AG says, “we don’t talk about it.” A reason for this could be, as Dominik Isler suggests, the fear of being accused of “green-washing”. The three companies represented on stage, PANOLIN AG, Girsberger Holding AG and Möbel Pfister AG, could not be accused of such thing. All three companies have started working towards a circular economy years ago. In doing so “one needs to look at the global context,” Matthias Baumann, CEO of Möbel Pfister AG says. Not only the global context, market demand and the regulations need to be looked at, Michael Girsberger, CEO of Girsberger Holding AG says, “it’s important to intrinsically want to make a progress.”