The Canton of Solothurn is an industrial Canton. Solothurn companies have created more than one third of all jobs. This is compared to Switzerland relatively a high percentage. Especially the precision and machine industry have a very long tradition in Solothurn. Out of the accumulated know-how, many other technology based branches have developed with a strong presence worldwide. For example, the watch making industry, electronics, medical technology and life sciences. These clusters promote Solothurn competitiveness and contribute to the further development of the Canton as an attractive business location.