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Science facilities of unique scale CERN is the world’s largest centre for research in particle physics, hosting several interlinked accelerators that supply many kinds of particles to many different experiments. Our flagship accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, is installed in a tunnel 27 km in circumference, located 100 metres below ground. Covering some 500,000 square metres on either side of the border between Switzerland and France, our site is vast and complex. Around 10,000 physicists and engineers from around the world come to CERN to study the building blocks of matter and the forces that hold them together.

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From basic science to business opportunities The Large Hadron Collider and its surrounding facilities require a constant stream of supplies and services. These include civil-engineering work and the systems and equipment needed to build and operate the particle accelerators and detectors: power distribution, superconducting magnets, cryogenics,

ultra-high

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electronics,

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engineering, radiofrequency equipment, and more. We also require computing infrastructure to support the data analysis associated with our experiments. In addition, our site incorporates offices and service facilities, such as libraries, conference rooms, cafeterias, hostels, stores and other infrastructures – all of which require constant maintenance. We need to collaborate with many kinds of businesses in order to pursue our goals.

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A broad range of activity means opportunities for all kinds of business The privilege of being part of scientific discoveries and technological advancements is shared with all our Member States, and with the many businesses that work with us. Industry helps keep our research facilities running, supplying us with everything from simple day-to-day items to highly technical components. Interest is encouraged from any firm that can provide evidence of good performance and ethical business practice, whether they be major companies or small businesses. With our wide range of activities and variety and volume of purchases, there is a very good chance your products or expertise could be useful to our work here.

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Procurement processes designed to attract business from all Member States Our Member States make CERN’s scientific endeavours possible. In return for their investment, CERN’s constant objective is to achieve balanced industrial return by being open for business with firms in all the Member States. With more than 60 years of experience of doing business in this way, CERN has developed its own procurement procedures, which comply with the principles of transparency and impartiality. Contracts and orders are awarded to the firms whose bids meet our technical, financial and delivery requirements at the lowest possible overall price or, in the case of services and some supplies, on the basis of the best value for money.

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Learn more about how to express your interest The first step in the process is to visit our website:

cern.ch/procurement

There you will find regular updates regarding upcoming requirements. You will also find details of our procurement policy, contact people at CERN and in your country, information on how to register on our supplier database and details on a range of other topics. Even if we do not currently require the type of products or services that your firm provides, that may change in the future. We therefore encourage you to keep revisiting our website.

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We look forward to doing business with you cern.ch/procurement MEMBER STATES OF CERN* Austria • Belgium • Bulgaria • The Czech Republic • Denmark • Finland • France • Germany • Greece • Hungary • Israel • Italy • The Netherlands • Norway • Pakistan* • Poland • Portugal • The Republic of Serbia* • Romania* • The Slovak Republic • Spain • Sweden • Switzerland • Turkey* • The United Kingdom *including Associate member states and Candidate for accession.

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BUILDING WORK, ROAD WORKS, PIPES, HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING EQ EXCHANGERS, COOLING PLANTS, DEMINERALIZERS, VALVES, FIRE PREVENTION GEAR, SWITCHBOARDS, POWER TRANSFORMERS, POWER CABLES, CABLE TRA INSTRUMENTS, MOTORS, ACTIVE AND PASSIVE ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS, EXCHANGERS, COMPUTERS, STORAGE SYSTEMS, DATA PROCESSING PERIPHER EQUIPMENT, RAW MATERIALS, MACHINE TOOLS, WORKSHOP EQUIPMENT, QUALI FORGING, BOILER METAL WORK, SHEET METAL WORK, SPECIALISED MANUFACTUR EQUIPMENT, STORAGE AND TRANSPORT OF CRYOGENS, TANKS, VACUUM AND DETECTOR COMPONENTS, WIRE CHAMBER ELEMENTS, CALORIMETER ELEMENTS GASES, CHEMICALS, TOOLING, FURNITURE, STATIONERY, INFIRMARY SUPPLIES BOOKS, DATABASES, TRANSPORT RELATED SUPPLIES, RADIO-PROTECTION EQU SITE, DESIGN STUDIES, TEMPORARY LABOUR, CONSULTING SERVICES, INSURAN

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QUIPMENT, HOISTING GEAR, WATER SUPPLY AND TREATMENT, PUMPS, HEAT N AND DETECTION EQUIPMENT, FIREPROOFING MATERIALS, FUEL OILS, SWITCH AYS, CONDUCTORS, POWER SUPPLIES, CONVERTERS, MAGNETS, MEASURING TRANSFORMERS, KLYSTRONS, CIRCUIT BOARDS, ELECTRONICS, FANS, HEAT RALS, SOFTWARE, CONSUMABLES, HARDWARE, FIBRE-OPTICS, TRANSMISSION ITY CONTROL EQUIPMENT, PRECISION MACHINING WORK, CASTING, MOULDING, RING TECHNIQUES, VACUUM PUMPS, REFRIGERATION EQUIPMENT, GAS HANDLING D LOW TEMPERATURE MATERIALS, COMPONENTS AND TECHNOLOGY, PARTICLE S SCINTILLATORS, OPTICAL AND X-RAY EQUIPMENT, PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT, S, WORKING AND SAFETY CLOTHING, RESTAURANT SUPPLIES, PUBLICATIONS, UIPMENT, MAINTENANCE OF INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT, INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT ON NCES, FACILITIES MANAGEMENT, METROLOGY, CABLES INSTALLATION

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