"It is extremely positive that an EU project like this is benefiting Swedish companies. All that remains now is to complete all of the experiments and hope that the companies are pleased with the results," says María Fernanda Bocángel, Communications Manager for Science Link at Invest in Skåne.
The partly EU funded Science Link project has a budget of 3.9 million Euro over two years. Among other things, the project will look at increasing industry's use of the four existing synchrotron and neutron research facilities in Sweden, the Max IV laboratory and three facilities in Germany.
"It is about product development and potential growth," says Stefan Johansson, CEO of Invest in Skåne, "This is a critical step if we are going to establish Skåne as a centre of innovation and materials development. By increasing industry's use of research facilities we are also helping regional development."
The companies accepted have been referred to the facility that is best equipped to help each company's specific needs. The Max IV laboratory is also the facility to have received the most company applications in the project. It will be assisting 16 of the companies.
"The fact that some companies may go to Germany is because they need other instruments and greater light energy than we can currently offer in Sweden, but that will change with the new Max IV," says Andreas Lassesson, who is the industrial liaison officer at the Max IV laboratory. "In particular, you have to go to Germany to perform measurements of steel and other heavier and larger metal components."
Today, the industrial users at Max IV laboratory account for approximately two percent of annual capacity, a figure that the facility would like to increase.
"We really can help companies when they have problems with their materials. We can act as a sounding board and give them access to a tool they can use - albeit a rather sophisticated one.
Many of the companies that applied for beam time are within manufacturing and nanotechnology. Life Science companies are also commonplace. The companies range from major corporations such as Alfa Laval and Volkswagen to small innovation-intensive companies such as Graphensic, Sun Voltaics and Spago Imaging.
The Swedish representatives for Science Link are Invest in Skåne, the Max IV laboratory and Lund University.
For the results broken down by country, facility and industry type, see the graphs in the annex (English).
For more information please contact:
María Fernanda Bocángel, Communications Manager for Science Link at Invest in Skåne, phone: +46 768 870 257, e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org
About Science Link
Science Link is a network of leading research facilities with photon and neutron sources and users of these facilities. The project is aimed at supporting and encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship in the Baltic region. In addition to research facilities, the network also includes scientific institutes, universities, and regional organisations such as Invest in Skåne, which supports and promotes the facilities. Science Link is partly funded by the European Union (Baltic Sea Region Program) and involves 17 partners from 9 countries during the project, which runs between 2012 and 2014.
Invest in Skåne provides professional advice and services to international companies considering Skåne for future investment and assist regional companies in developing their international business.