The Competence Centre for Materials Science and Technology (CCMX) serves as a driver for long-term research partnerships between the ETH Domain and Swiss industry. In line with its 2012–2016 strategy, all four new professorships have been filled with co-funding by the CCMX, two at EPFL and two at ETH Zurich. Five Materials Challenges (research platforms co-financed by industry for researching scientific issues that are of significance to Swiss economy) are all now active. In addition to a total of four projects aimed at long lasting improvements in analytical facilities available in the ETH Domain, nine courses and events targeting academic and industrial researchers have also been successfully organised. CCMX has created new opportunities to link together the research capacity of Switzerland’s academic institutions and building strong industrial partnerships, which will endure beyond 2016.