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MAN Diesel Turbo, Germany, introduced the latest three-dimensional modelling techniques and employed the newest high-tech welding technologies in order to manufacture the strangely shaped vessel of Wendelstein 7-X. The company now uses this expertise and these technologies for the serial production of chemical reactors and has thus gained significant competitive advantages. This is just one of many examples named in a new brochure published by IPP which details how various companies benefit from fusion research projects. In total, the brochure lists 15 companies along with their contribution to Wendelstein 7-X and other fusion devices and how this involvement has helped them gain other contracts, open up new markets or access Europe’s largest fusion research project ITER. Manufacturing the complexly shaped superconducting magnets for Wendelstein 7-X, for instance, has helped Babcock Noell GmbH win a contract for 113 superconducting magnets for the German Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research FAIR. Thales Electron and partners, to name one last example, have developed the powerful microwave system for the experiments. High-power microwave tubes are an important technology for communication and materials processing, as well as for the upcoming fusion experiments ITER and DEMO. Thanks to their work for Wendelstein 7-X, these companies are now much better positioned within these markets.