NOTE, with its head office in Kista, is a leading northern European manufacturing partner for electronics-based and complete products. The company operates in the Medtech, Industrial, Communication, Defence, and High-end Consumer segments, and since 2019 has been increasing its contacts in Big Science.

NOTE’s expertise, comprising advanced engineering services, manufacturing specialisms, production design and rapid development of prototypes, makes the company an attractive partner for research facilities. Jonas Alexander Söderlund, Business Development Manager at NOTE, explains.

“Things have happened quickly. After the meetings in March, we received an order during Q4 and now, in February 2020, we’re involved in several projects for CERN.”

“The Big Science market has demanding clients, but we see that as a stimulating challenge. It drives the internal development in the company. Facing and tackling new challenges is perhaps the biggest advantage of working with facilities like ESS and CERN.

One of our strengths is our very broad expertise in manufacturing. We supply everything from simple products to sophisticated communications equipment. Our factories are highly automated, with lean, efficient, and competitive production. Clients see us as being easy to work with, which is crucial for building long-term relationships.”

In March 2019, NOTE accompanied Big Science Sweden on a Business Trip to CERN, where participating supplier companies were able to meet buyers and technical experts. NOTE had prearranged eight 1-to-1 meetings.

“The set-up was extremely good and effective. Of the eight people I met, I’m still in contact with four. Now they know what NOTE does and who we are. Things have happened quickly. After the meetings in March, we received an order during Q4 and now, in February 2020, we’re involved in several projects for CERN.”

So far, NOTE’s deliveries to CERN have mainly comprised printed circuit boards. NOTE assembles the boards, carries out testing, and supplies everything from quite simple to highly sophisticated printed circuit boards. You never know exactly where the CERN products will end up. It can be in a control room or in an accelerator.

The ambition is to supply more complete products, advance in the food chain, and work with really demanding orders. Jonas Alexander Söderlund is not daunted by the development that may be required to satisfy the needs of research companies. Instead, he sees it as a strategic investment that will also benefit the company in contacts with other clients.

“It means that we’re proactive, that we have a clear picture of what will be breaking through in three to four years’ time. We can learn a certain technology before it becomes an industry standard.”

NOTE will be participating in Big Science Virtual Workshop in May 2020, för virtuella 1-to-1-möten med representanter från olika forskningsanläggningar. “It’s an effective way to continue working our way into the market. Once you become established, and deliver components to facilities like CERN, MAX IV, and ITER, you’re on a strong footing. The people you meet at these meetings are solution oriented. They want an optimal product at an optimal price, and they’re open for discussions,” concludes Jonas Alexander Söderlund.

Publishing year 2020

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