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Industrial Collaboration

Industrial Collaboration

The company «Primekss» entrepreneurs visit CERN, 17.01.2018.
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Prospects of the industrial collaboration with CERN are of high importance to Latvia and its economy. Positive technological impact from the industrial engagement and the access to CERN R&D developments, as well as potential invitations to CERN tenders, are very attractive to the national business. This applies to a range of Latvian hi-tech, IT, electronics, manufacturing engineering and other companies that are very interested in the collaboration with CERN. Such collaboration has not only a clear commercial and knowledge-transfer benefit, but also a prestige boost from the association with CERN. Latvian industry and relevant associations are also an integral part of CERN Latvia Group.

Ministry of Economy fully endorses Latvia’s associate membership to CERN and sees clear opportunities of a well-balanced industrial return. Furthermore, all major industrial stakeholders and social partners in Latvia (the Confederation of Employers of Latvia - LDDK, Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Latvian Electrical Engineering and Electronics Industry Association – LETERA, Investment and Development Agency of Latvia - LIAA, The Association of Mechanical Engineering and Metalworking Industries of Latvia - MASOC) are fully engaged in the preparatory process of Latvia’s accession to the status of an Associate Member state of CERN, and give their unanimous support and direct encouragement to the relevant policy decisions.

Several industry-related events have already been organised for the business in Latvia, where the cooperation and technological opportunities have been discussed in detail. Furthermore, representatives of CERN have on numerous occasions visited Latvian companies and witnessed their technological capacity.In May 2017, during the «CERN Science Week in Latvia» a «CERN Roundtable on Industrial Partnerships» was organised. It included high-level representatives from CERN and was moderated by the ex-minister of Economics. The event was well attended by business and other major stakeholders. 

The industrial visit to CERN was organised for a high-level industry and business delegation in January 2018. A wide range of Latvia’s companies took part and the delegation was led by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Economy. During this visit, their collaboration potential was discussed and affirmed by the involved parties.

Even now, before the accession, there are companies that are engaged with CERN via the CMS experiment. These are:

  • Primekss Group - consultancy services for the assessment of the quality of the CMS cavern floor and R&D project for the gas-tight, radiation-safe concrete development together with CERN, RTU and ISSP;
  • Dati Group - contributing significantly to the development of the Tier2 centre of Latvia;
  • The Nuclear Medicine Centre (NMC): engaged with the CERN-MEDICIS activities with its expertise in the medical isotopes production using the 18MeV cyclotron.

Other companies in Latvia, which would greatly benefit from the technological impact of HEP and could be excellent suppliers of their production to CERN and its experiments, have been identified. To name a few:

  • Baltic Scientific Instruments (BSI) - specialized in the development and fabrication of devices for spectrometric analysis based on semiconductor and scintillation radiation detectors. BSI products are applied in multiple industries: nuclear power; environmental monitoring; geophysics and the mining industry; medicine and healthcare; research, including space sciences; security systems and customs control, etc;
  • SAF Tehnika - in addition to an industry-standard portfolio containing a full range of modular split-mount and full outdoor Native Ethernet/IP microwave systems for licenced and licence-free frequencies, SAF Tehnika has several industry unique and market-shaping products such as the Integra and Spectrum Compact;
  • HansaMatrix - major Nordic and Baltic electronic system development and manufacturing company serving the leading OEMs in their respective markets such as the transportation, telecom, renewable energy and medical industries. HansaMatrix has a great potential to engage with the CERN.