Business Success at International Facilities

AMF Engineering

AMF Engineering has won a contract from ESRF Extremely Brilliant Source (EBS) Project worth €860K. AMF Engineering will be supplying one of the most important parts for ESRF’s new 844m circumference storage ring; the mechanical parts of the longitudinal magnets. These magnets designed by the ESRF feature a new technology which significantly reduces costs as it does not require water cooling or electricity. AMF have been working with ESRF since meeting them in 2012 at an STFC Meet the buyer event. Kostas Stamatopoulos, Business Development Manager, from AMF Engineering said: “Here at AMF, we believe that working closely with innovative organisations such as ESRF has always been our strategy to improve our skill sets, invest in cutting edge technology, attract new markets and as a result remaining competitive in this rapidly changing global market place.”

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In 2014, BIOS IT, a high performance computing and consultancy company, won contracts totalling £3.2 million to supply specialist IT to CERN. These contracts, which enable the testing of new solutions, have been beneficial for the company in terms of credibility and capability. “The CERN team are very open and we’ve been able to discuss the latest technologies and applications with them. Working with CERN has given us a lot of credibility in the market… and demonstrated to global suppliers that we have the capability to deliver into a large research establishment. Our name is now recognised globally by the suppliers and that benefits us in terms of negotiating better deals.” Ian Mellett, a divisional director at BIOS IT.


Tesla Engineering have a long history of supplying specialist magnets for particle accelerators to national and international research facilities like STFC’s ISIS and CERN. Tesla has won a £2 million contract to supply magnets for the ISOLDE and the ELENA projects at CERN. The demands of these contracts expanded the company’s capabilities. Working with CERN has also helped Tesla recruit high-calibre graduates who find working with international facilities stimulating. “Following CERN’s input, we are using optical techniques to characterise the magnetic field with lasers. This experience has increased and expanded our capabilities” Simon Pittard, the Managing Director of the Magnet Division at Tesla.

AS Scientific

AS Scientific, a global supplier of low temperature engineering equipment, won several contracts from CERN which led to an invitation to join a consortium for work at ITER on a €53 million project. The company expect to gain £2-3 million in sales from the project.

F2 Chemicals

F2 Chemicals have won a £2 million contract to supply CERN with chemical coolants for the Large Hadron Collider. F2 Chemicals reported that working with CERN led to a boost in their sales and market image.

SME Hireserve

In 2003, SME Hireserve provided CERN with their iCams software recruitment solution, which directly led to expansion of the company and its client base. For example, following endorsement by CERN, the University Hospital of Geneva implemented the software to manage their 10,000 job applications each year.


SCISYS won a £50k contract with ESO for a software project to provide architectural design for the Telescope Control System of the ELT. This experience enabled them to win an initial £90K contract for the pre-construction of the Square Kilometre Array.

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