Almost one hundred participants, of which 66 represented industrial companies, gathered in Karlsruhe (Germany) on October 27-28 at the “German ITER Industry Workshop”. On behalf of the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) the meeting was organized by the Euratom Association Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (FZK). The aim was to inform German industry on the present status of the ITER planning and to encourage them to participate in the future ITER construction.

Web pages on industry involvement in ITER have been opened at the EFDA address (
This area is designed to be an information point for all the European industries interested in future collaborations within the ITER project.

Prof. Reinhard Maschuw, member of the FZK Board of Directors, welcomed the participants and stressed the importance of early involvement of industry in the ITER project and the willingness of FZK to maintain the link to German industry for that purpose.

Mr. Axel Fischer and Mr. Jörg Tauss, members of the German Federal Parliament both called for ITER to be located in Europe, and it was underlined that this project constitutes a substantial multiplier effect in terms of both economic benefits and progress in science and research.

Dr. Beatrix Vierkorn-Rudolph, representing the Federal Minister of Education and Research, supported the view, advocating a European site for ITER, and explained that German companies have an excellent record in providing very large, complex components and meeting performance challenges, and therefore they are in a good position to participate in the realization of the project. Furthermore, research institutes that are involved in fusion research should also participate significantly in the construction of ITER.

Dr. Günter Janeschitz explained the objectives of the workshop in more detail and gave an introduction to the physical and technical basis of fusion as an energy source.

Representatives of EFDA and of the European Commission explained the current procedures for industries to participate in tendering actions and informed about possible future ways to undertake work for the project. A technical overview of the ITER design, of the technology R&D in progress and of the achieved results was presented by representatives of ITER and EFDA.

The second day was devoted to the presentation of the experience gained by industry in support of the ITER Engineering Design Activities and to the possible joint involvement of fusion laboratories and industrial companies in the procurement of components for ITER such as the fuel cycle system, heating systems, superconducting magnets and diagnostics.

The useful and successful collaboration between the fusion research community and industry was underlined as a good starting point for the future. The participants from industry not only listened to the speakers but also, at the side of the meeting, asked specific questions about their future possible involvement. Most of the comments and questions concentrated on the time schedule to the final decision of ITER and on the mechanisms through which contracts will be awarded by the European Legal Entity (ELE) which will manage the European contribution to the ITER procurements.

A small exhibition was hosted next to the conference room with information on fusion and on industrial fusion activities.

The workshop was closed with the intention of strengthening the contacts which were started during the workshop and with the wish for a strong involvement of companies in the ITER procurement process in future.

A visit to FZK was organized with tours to the large facilities: TOSKA (for superconducting coil testing), the Tritium Laboratory and the Gyrotron laboratory for W7-X and ITER.