Creotech becomes CERN competence center


Creotech Instruments S.A. secured an order worth over PLN 0.5m to deliver advanced measuring electronics systems for CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. A few weeks earlier, the company and CERN put pen to paper on a 3-year framework agreement for the design of measuring electronics, making Creotech the first company in its part of Europe to gain the status of a CERN competence center.

Creotech Instruments is consistently strengthening its partnerships with leading European and global scientific institutions. In 2017, the company completed a major contract to provide advanced measuring electronics for the ultra-modern ELI research center of the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, which runs the ELI or Extreme Light Infrastructure project, dubbed the Czech “Death Star”. Worth in excess of PLN 0.5m, the contract involved delivering nearly 200 components of advanced measuring electronics.

This year, the Piaseczno-based tech company also supplied measurement instruments for the Brazilian Sirius synchrotron, a contract worth some PLN 3m and involving several hundred different measurement modules.

In late 2017, Creotech recorded another success in the manufacture of advanced measurement systems for scientific applications, which, alongside space projects and satellite data processing, are one of the company’s main markets.

“We won a tender for the provision of advanced measuring electronics systems for CERN,” said Grzegorz Brona, President of the Management Board of Creotech Instruments S.A. “The underlying contract is worth over PLN 0.5m and involves the provision of around 250 elements of measuring electronics. Some of the products to be delivered to Switzerland were designed under the HETMAN project under development since 2016 as part of the National Centre for Research and Development’s (NCBiR) Fast Track,” added Brona.

Only ones in this part of Europe

The contract is just one example of the company’s tightening partnership with CERN. In November, Creotech won an open competition and became one of four centers in Europe supporting the CERN laboratory in designing electronics for future accelerators and high-energy physics experiments at the Large Hadron Collider.

“This paves the way for Creotech to apply for engineering contracts under a no bid procedure, which offers considerable latitude in the future partnership with CERN,” explained Grzegorz Brona. “As part of the competition, Creotech had to demonstrate having the requisite technological facilities comprising specialized software, production equipment, sterile production facilities, vision control, advanced electronics repair systems, an environmental chamber and access to a whole range of world-class specialists in both analog and digital electronics, employees with a PhD in areas related to efficient measurement and quality specialists certified by independent organizations, e.g. ESA,” added Brona.

The framework agreement between CERN and Creotech was signed for three years with a further extension option. The company’s management emphasizes that while CERN selected four companies in its open competition, Creotech was the only one based in New Europe.

“Apart from us, the status of a CERN competence center was awarded to companies from Denmark and Spain. The sheer fact that we joined the ranks of this elite group in the face of strong competition with a much longer market presence is a great token of recognition for the entire Creotech Instruments team,” said Grzegorz Brona. “We also perceive it as a commitment and an incentive for continued work.”

This year Creotech Instruments S.A. was once again included in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 ranking of the fastest-growing tech companies in Central and Eastern Europe. The company ranked 22nd, having recorded the biggest jump among Polish companies.

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