Reference list of export assistance available to nuclear sector SMEs
Within the framework of the Nuclear Sector’s Strategy Committee’s (“CSFN“) work, Workgroup N°3 deals, in particular, with all questions relating to export.
The members of the Workgroup dealing specifically with “Levers to improve the commercial proposition” have produced a list of practical solutions for funding available to SMEs in the nuclear sector.
The list was officially presented to the CSFN Steering Committee on Thursday 4th July 2013. It is available here:
Identifying international partners and forging close links with them is one of the major development areas of the PNB. Today, the PNB has cooperation agreements with the following organisations:
PFME /PFCE Groups of French industrialists active in the nuclear sector, led by EDF, and suppliers of companies producing equipment and services for nuclear power plants (Chinese market / PFCE – International market / PFME).
FINNUCLEAR Group of Finnish industrialists specialised in the nuclear sector, FINNUCLEAR’s objective is to promote nuclear energy in Finland. FINNUCLEAR is supported by the Finnish Ministry of Economy and Employment.
NUGENIA European group dedicated to technological research and development in the nuclear field (Generation II and III reactors), NUGENIA has around 60 European members. They are, among others, from industry, research, safety organisations and academia. The members are involved in research and development in the nuclear field, the objective being to support the emergence of collaborative research at the European level.
NAMRC NAMRC is the result of a partnership between the Universities of Manchester and Sheffield. Spin off (directly subordinate to the University of Sheffield), NAMRC has a triple mission: R&D, Training, Quality (Codes & Regulations). NAMRC also ensures the role of interface between the academic and industrial fields. NAMRC is financed with public (Europe, State, Region) and private funds.
The PNB also intends to form closer links with the Nijni Novgorod-NIAEP Cluster (Russia).
NIAEP Created by Valery Igorevitsh LIMARENKO (President of ATOMENERGOPROEKT), the Nijni Novgorod/NIAEP cluster is a new structure aiming to develop the Russian nuclear industry, and at the same time, the province of Nijni Novgorod.
‘The export 1000’
The PNB plays an important role in reinforcing the number of French nuclear sector SMEs involved in export. The number of innovative projects certified by the PNB constitutes a success factor of international activity: export represents 18% of the turnover of these companies and 70 % of them are already exporting their knowhow. In a more general sense, the effort made by nuclear sector SMEs is higher than the national average: +4% for medium sized companies, +2% for small companies.
As a result, the PNB confirms its commitment to setting up ambitious international action plans for its innovative SMEs, identifying target countries, defining overseas collaborative action and fixing quantified 3 and 6 year targets, and this, in total coherence with the work developed by the Nuclear Sector Strategic Committee.
Exhibitions and international trade missions in the nuclear sector
The Nuclear Sector Strategic Committee (“CSFN“) has remarked on the need for better coordination of efforts to promote nuclear sector knowhow for export, and has offered to organise the presence of the sector’s companies, and particularly the small and medium sized companies, ay trade exhibitions.
Other events in the nuclear sector