Czech industry checks out F4E’s business opportunities
Following the Czech ILO meeting, a heightened interest in future F4E calls for tender is expected.
Home to a picturesque historic centre and to numerous famous cultural attractions, Prague is traditionally one of the cultural centres of Europe. This September it was also the setting for a gathering of entrepreneurs and innovators during the annual Czech industry event, organised by F4E’s Czech Industrial Liaison Officer (ILO), Karel Cervenka. In attendance at Prague’s Technology Innovation Centre were 30 representatives from diverse engineering, robotic, welding and mechanical SMEs dealing in varied fields such as graphite components for high pressure vessels, particle separation and central control systems, all of whom were eager to learn more about F4E, the procurement processes and upcoming calls for tender. Associations were also represented as they are keen to know about possible F4E grants.
Several companies expressed their interest in potentially working as sub-contractors for companies that have been selected to deliver on calls for tender and therefore this event was a good opportunity for networking and discussions about potential synergies. All in all, it was a successful event which is expected to result in a heightened interest in future F4E calls for tender when procuring ITER components.