Our programme develops and implements advanced, cutting-edge technologies and thus a close cooperation with leading high-tech companies is essential to keep existing infrastructures up-to-date and design new instruments. As an example of these activities we mention the series of workshops hosted by the European ASPERA consortium entitled "Technology Forum - Industry meets Academia". These workshops were targeted to foster exchange of knowledge, expertise and technology with industrial partners, in particular with small and medium enterprises (SME) in Europe, to the benefit of all stakeholders. This discussion platform for scientists facing ambitious technological challenges and for companies who are interested in the markets arising from the new science was highly successful. In the following we list the most important industrial partners where a close cooperation has been established:
- IBM: DESY and IBM signed a cooperation to join forces and experience in the development of next-generation storage systems suitable to meet next the Big Data challenges.
- KIT cooperates and shares expertise with leading companies in the sector of ultra high vacuum technologies (Oerlikon-Leybold Vacuum, SAES group) to further advance key UHV components such as turbo molecular pumps and NEG pumps.
- DESY holds several long-term industrial partnerships with world-renowned software companies in the field of scientific computation, especially in high-performance computer algebra, such as Wolfram Research (Urbana, IL, USA), MapleSoft (Waterloo, ON, Canada) and RISC Software GmbH, Linz, Austria. These firms take an active part in one or more of the EU TMR networks LHCPHENOnet and HIGGSTOOLS. They serve as special training sites for young scientists through internships of about three months, offering training through schools and are participating in scientific exchange with DESY.
- KIT cooperates with Bruker Advanced Supercon and ASG on superconducting magnet technologies, in particular on magnet protection techniques.
- Ettore Zanon S.p.A. and Research Instruments GmbH are two companies heavily engaged in the manufacture of superconducting cavities for the European XFEL and are natural candidates for the production of accelerating units for the ILC. They have worked closely with DESY and other research institutions worldwide to advance the manufacturing technique to the standards required for advanced accelerators.
- GSI has a very successful cooperation with Siemens for the development of cancer therapy with carbon beams. This has led, for example, to the Heidelberger Ionenstrahl Therapiezentrum at the Universitäts-Klinikum Heidelberg.
- KIT cooperates with HAMAMATSU on optical devices.