Britain at CERN

Thirty-two British hi-tech companies present their products at this new industrial exhibition at CERN* which takes place from 22 to 25 November, 1994. The exhibition offers British companies the opportunity to display their products in fields that are of immediate importance to the scientists, engineers and technicians working at CERN, and also to scientists from non-Member States who take part in research projects at CERN. The range of products covers a wide area: small and precision machined mechanical components, heavy mechanical components, electronics sensors, electrical and mechanical instrumentation, cryogenics, high vacuum systems and various other scientific systems and instruments. There will also be lectures on these subjects.

The opening of the exhibition coincides with a visit by the British Industrial Mission to CERN and of Mr David Beattie, British Ambassador to Switzerland. The exhibition is organised by BEAMA, the Federation of British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers' Associations in co-operation with the British Department of Trade & Industry and the British Consulate General, Geneva.

CERN is one of the most prestigious centres for fundamental research in the world where European countries have brought together their scientists to build unique machines, specially designed for research in elementary particle physics. CERN's complex technological needs act as a catalyst in stimulating industrial progress in Europe. Suppliers benefit from the Organization's reputation based on the high standards it demands. CERN is thus a point of reference for hi-tech products both on the European and international fronts.

CERN is now in the process of preparing a new project, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a particle collider which will bring protons into collision to create the same energy conditions that existed only a fraction of a second after the birth of the Universe in the Big Bang. The preparations of LHC have already mobilised an important scientific momentum. and CERN will make an appeal to the most sophisticated technology in order to construct LHC, offering European industry a new opportunity to display their potential. The ŒBritain at CERN¹ exhibition will allow British industry to demonstrate their willingness to contribute to this extremely important project which will enable European scientists to continue to play a major role in the research on the structure of matter.

Footnote(s)

1. CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, has its headquarters in Geneva. At present, its Member States are Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Israel, the Russian Federation, Turkey, Yugoslavia (status suspended after UN embargo, June 1992), the European Commission and Unesco have observer status.

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