The CCMX serves as a driver for longterm research partnerships between the ETH Domain and Swiss industry. Under its strategy for the years 2012–2016, three out of the four new faculty chairs co-funded by CCMX have already been appointed (two at EPFL and one at ETH Zurich), and the fourth appointment is well underway. Two Materials Challenges (research platforms co-financed by industry for researching scientific issues that are fundamental to industry) are close to finalisation, while initial discussions for Materials Challenges in several other areas are ongoing. In addition to the 23 current projects, seven courses and events targeting academic and industrial researchers were also organised. These were very successful.