GIFEN and the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA), which represents the British nuclear industry, have agreed in a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly offer a collaborative platform for the use of their members. This partnership will facilitate access to market opportunities for the French and British industries, which will benefit from the sharing of feedback from both sides.
Quality of exchanges and short and medium term perspectives
This partnership was inaugurated on 16 March with a meeting bringing together nearly 200 French and British suppliers. It was an opportunity to look back at the collaborative history of our two nuclear industries, marked by successes and the experience of a long-term relationship of trust.
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The opportunity was given to suppliers to share key elements of the nuclear markets for the UK and France, as well as their vision of the challenges and opportunities on the thematic axes of this partnership: new build markets, SMRs (Small modular reactors), AMRs (Advanced modular reactors) and fusion, as well as clean-up, dismantling and waste management.
This first meeting lays the groundwork for technical working groups that will allow stakeholders to collaborate in their search for joint opportunities.
GIFEN is pleased with the quality of the discussions, which open up real short and medium-term prospects for French suppliers.
For Xavier Ursat, President of GIFEN, "This new partnership invites us to pursue and multiply the exchanges between industrialists, public companies, academics and all the stakeholders who, in our respective countries, share the same interest in the development of nuclear energy; this initiative will also reinforce the excellence shared by our two sectors in terms of nuclear innovation, and invites us to jointly promote nuclear technologies, in particular in the context of the fight against climate change. "
"We look forward to working closely together through the GIFEN/NIA collaborative platform," say our UK partners.
Our thanks go to the contributors to this day: to the French Embassy in London (NUC), to the British Embassy in Paris (DIT), to the suppliers at GIFE (Groupement des industriels fournisseurs des exploitants), and to all the speakers who made this inaugural day a success.