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Opportunities

Bringing the ITER Business Forum to Washington

Every second year, a two-day ITER Business Forum is held to invite existing and potential suppliers for the ITER Project—laboratories, universities, and companies large and small—to learn about upcoming opportunities to compete for contracts and to present their relevant technological capabilities. Following the IBF-19 meeting held earlier this year in Antibes, a number of those present noted the relatively light participation by US companies. Last week, the US House Science Committee invited ITER to use their chambers to hold an abbreviated "ITER US Business Forum" to bring the message to Washington.

Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Chair of the US House of Representatives Committee on Space, Science, and Technology, opens the ITER US Business Forum with a strong statement of support for the ITER Project. She was followed by a similarly enthusiastic statement from Committee Ranking Member Frank Lucas (behind her, middle right). (Click to view larger version...)
Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Chair of the US House of Representatives Committee on Space, Science, and Technology, opens the ITER US Business Forum with a strong statement of support for the ITER Project. She was followed by a similarly enthusiastic statement from Committee Ranking Member Frank Lucas (behind her, middle right).
Interest proved to be keen. Approximately 90 participants attended: from multinational powerhouse companies such Bechtel, Areva, and Skanska, to small businesses specializing in beryllium machining, robotics and remote handling, nuclear system components, and unique diagnostic instruments. Some companies present are already suppliers for the US Domestic Agency, or are at least familiar with the calls for tender issued from the US ITER Procurement Office. What was new, for nearly all concerned, were the opportunities available to compete directly for contracts with the ITER Organization.

For many participants, the Forum was an eye-opener in terms of how to become a supplier directly to the ITER Organization. (Click to view larger version...)
For many participants, the Forum was an eye-opener in terms of how to become a supplier directly to the ITER Organization.
In a brief presentation, the ITER Director-General described the status of project progress, then laid out a series of opportunities corresponding to coming areas of ITER need: control engineering, tritium systems, the Hot Cell Complex, and more. Ned Sauthoff, Head of the US ITER Project Office, spoke briefly about US procurement opportunities, and Mickey Wade, Director of Advanced Fusion Systems at General Atomics, gave his perspective on the unique value of being an industrial supplier to the project.

The discussions that followed were lively. Beyond the ITER exhibit showing project progress, and handouts on current calls for tender, participants could join any of seven Skype conversations in the room, connected directly with ITER experts at the worksite. Sergio Orlandi, Director of ITER's Plant Engineering Department, was on hand to discuss upcoming needs for ITER's cooling water systems. Tim Luce, ITER's Chief Scientist, spoke with companies interested in working on ITER's scientific computing challenges. Christophe Dorschner, Director of ITER's Procurement and Contracts Division, was available to answer questions about the competition process.

All parties agreed that it was a fruitful exchange. And the primary goal—raising awareness among US companies for the business opportunities at ITER—was certainly met.


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