80 employees at Etoy
The company had global sales of 1.2 billion francs in 2016 and now has almost 80 employees of various nationalities and educational backgrounds in Etoy. "We have a number of expatriates from our Japanese base," Noetzold adds, "while the others were recruited locally at every level, from the maintenance of the buildings to upper management. We are highly satisfied with the availability of highly qualified and motivated personnel, which has enabled us to keep pace with the growth of our business. The 15 nationalities represented by our employees and their language skills really help up us to act as a global center."
On a global level, the company operates in 16 different countries (USA, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, China, Thailand, Singapore, and Indonesia) and employs over 4,000 people. Its activities in the canton of Vaud cover various regional and global functions: administrative support, research and development, human resources, finance, IT, legal aspects, purchasing, and public relations. To produce and distribute their products, they regularly use various retail channels (including pharmacies and distributors) around the world. Sunstar’s main financial investments in the canton of Vaud are the land and the two buildings that the company occupies in Etoy, at a total cost of 60 million francs.