SAFRAN – France – is an international high-technology group and Tier-1 equipment manufacturer in its core businesses of Aerospace, Defense and Security. SAFRAN has a solid business model in aviation, based in particular on its long-term partnership with General Electric. Nearly 21% of the 69 000 employees work in R&D. SAFRAN boasts very robust fundamentals: sustained R&D investments and a dynamic innovation policy, enabling it to develop high-performance products that meet its customers’ economic imperatives and increasingly stringent environmental requirements.

Since 1970, System S.p.A. – Italy – has been developing its know-how in strategic sectors such as ceramics, logistics, electronics and packaging. The investments made in R&D sometimes exceed 5% of the annual turnover, which has gradually led to registration of over 300 invention patents.

REFRACTORY SOLUTIONS INSERTEC. SL – Spain – is part of the INSERTEC GROUP which has two main business: industrial surfaces manufacturing and refractory products manufacturing.

The Porcelains of Costa Verde SA. – Portugal – develops, manufactures and markets ceramic tableware porcelain for household, hotel and restaurant. It has a much updated plant, using innovative design and manufacturing processes that are benchmark policy based on a continuous level of best technology and best technology and best available techniques improvement.