Research facility projects drive company development
Laser Nova in Östersund uses laser technology in cutting, welding, engraving and drilling. The company has specialist expertise in micro-processing using lasers, mainly in metal, and can work in tiny dimensions, down to 0.015 mm.
Its clients are found in areas such as the space industry, medical technology, offshore and R&D – where Big Science is growing – all segments with high demands for precision, accuracy and quality.
“We see Big Science and research facilities as a natural area for us to grow in,” says Rickard Olsson, Head of Research and Development. “We’re already collaborating with many universities in various R&D projects, and interacting with other companies and organisations on development issues.”
“Big Science is a natural growth area. Contracts with research facilities involve high technical demands that drive the company’s development.”
Laser Nova has made deliveries to CERN, including equipment for drilling of optical filters. The company is holding continuous discussions with MAX IV, and has registered in the ITER supplier database. In 2019, representatives of the company accompanied Big Science Sweden on a Business Trip to CERN to make new contacts.
“Visiting the research facilities and participating in various Big Science conferences are effective channels for broadening our network. It brings you into contact with both clients and other suppliers. It’s not only the big research facilities that are important for us – we want to broaden our
interfaces in many different directions.”
Rickard Olsson says that contracts with research facilities present positive challenges, because they involve high technical demands that drive the company’s development. From a business perspective, the challenge is to supply one-off orders in low volumes, with quite low profitability. However, Laser Nova sees these orders as investments for the future.
“It’s by getting reference projects that you increase your chances of getting established on the Big Science market and winning more contracts.”
Publishing year 2020