New FOCUS magazine promotes Luxembourg internationally

Date: 13/10/2015

The magazine FOCUS – Research and Innovation in Luxembourg by Luxinnovation promotes the Grand Duchy’s highly innovative companies and performing research teams at international level. Its 10th  issue, which has just been published, features a brand new, modernised layout which reflects the attractiveness of Luxembourg to entrepreneurs, researchers and investors across the globe. Manufacturing technologies of the future are the central theme of this issue.

FOCUS – Research and Innovation in Luxembourg is a key tool in Luxinnovation’s efforts to make Luxembourg R&D and innovation known and renowned internationally. First published in 2008, the magazine is widely used outside the borders of Luxembourg, notably by the Ministry of the Economy and Luxembourg’s embassies. The new layout gives readers an easy and appealing overview of the contents and emphasises key messages about Luxembourg’s unique characteristics and advantages: a place where it is easy to "do business", "stay in close contact with clients and suppliers" and "push back technological boundaries", to quote the directors of Airtech Europe, Goodyear and CERATIZIT interviewed in the magazine.

Future manufacturing technologies

"Although Luxembourg is today fundamentally a services economy – particularly in finance – manufacturing continues to play an important role," explains Jean-Paul Schuler, Luxinnovation’s managing director. "Materials manufacturing accounts for a large proportion of the R&D activities of Luxembourg as a whole, and the sector is constantly searching for and investing in new production technologies to enhance competitiveness and productivity." FOCUS covers cutting-edge activities related to the production of composite materials, lean manufacturing, robotics, high-tech laser applications and many others. It also takes a look at the issues that will come under the spotlight at Manufuture 2015, a major European conference on the future of manufacturing that is organised by Luxinnovation on 23-24 November 2015.

Welcoming international research and innovation players

Over the past few years, international promotion has become an increasingly important mission for Luxinnovation. "Our goal is to put Luxembourg on the international map as a recognised centre for the highest quality and business-oriented research and innovation," says Luxinnovation’s Managing Director Jean-Paul Schuler. But the actions of the Agency go well beyond just promotion.

"In more than 30 years of operation, we have built up solid expertise, knowledge and networks, in particular in the sectors covered by the Luxembourg Cluster Initiative," Schuler points out. "This enables us to provide the highest level of assistance to international companies and investors that are keen to establish research and innovation activities here."

About FOCUS – Research and Innovation in Luxembourg

The FOCUS magazine is published by Luxinnovation, the National Agency for Innovation and Research, since 2008 with the aim to promote research and innovation in Luxembourg to a national and, in particular, international audience. It covers different topics, including R&D and innovation news, entrepreneurship and innovation, public research, company portraits, etc. FOCUS is produced in collaboration with the Ministry of the Economy, Luxembourg for Business, the National Research Fund and the Chamber of Commerce.

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