8 December 2022

Insights and useful tips at our Technical Seminar, Advanced Manufacturing

Where are the upcoming sub-contractor opportunities in advanced manufacturing at ESS and CERN? Patrik Andersson from ESS and Simon Barrière and Rui Franqueira Ximenes from CERN gave us interesting updates from the facilities.

Around thirty participants took part in our Technical Seminar on advanced manufacturing at the start of December. They were given a clear picture of what can be done in-house at the ESS and CERN workshops and what needs to be outsourced.

Our Technical Seminars offer ideal opportunities for Swedish suppliers to find out the latest developments in specific fields of technology, and to ask questions directly to representatives from the research organisations.

Speciality welding, exotic materials machining, precision vacuum components…

Patrik Andersson went through the current needs at ESS, which include opportunities for suppliers in speciality welding, brazing and vacuum brazing, and machining in exotic materials. Key recommendations for companies responding to open calls for tenders are that they register in the tender system, ensure they complete all documentation properly, ask questions, and present clearly the company’s specialist areas.

Simon Barrière from CERN explained that their Mechanical and Materials Engineering Group (MME) is constantly looking for suppliers in areas such as precision vacuum components, bellows, superconducting RF cavities, and magnets.


Julia Hellström, Big Science Sweden


Catarina Sahlberg, Programme Director, Big Science Sweden


  • Patrik Andersson, Head of the Manufacturing Section, ESS
  • Simon Barrière, Mechanical engineer in the Fabrication Methods & Subcontracting Section in the Engineering Department, CERN
  • Rui Franqueira Ximenes, Mechanical engineer in the Sources, Targets & Interactions Group (STI), CERN

If you have any questions about procurements or any other matters concerning ESS and CERN, please contact our ILOs for each facility:

ESS: Catarina Sahlberg
CERN: Fredrik Engelmark