The company «Primekss» entrepreneurs visit CERN, 17.01.2018.
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:
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: