Through initiating new research projects and the corresponding training programs, and through participating in organizations with a stake in quality systems (standardization, accreditation, certification), LNE accomplishes knowledge transfers in the direction of industry and society as a whole.
To ensure their competitiveness and further develop on the global stage, industrialists must not only manufacture the best products at the lowest costs, but also prove that their products comply with quality standards and safety requirements. Secure trading practices rely heavily on the trust placed in measurements being reported and their comparability, in sectors such as the economy, health, the environment, safety and well-being. Metrology is therefore a lever for competitiveness, with measurement traceability being an essential part of trading activity.
As regards technological progress, laboratories are always required to innovate, in identifying solutions to ensure the traceability of measurements for new sectors, including biotechnologies and artificial intelligence.
LNE has been assigned, according to the Consumer Code, to conduct "all studies, research, consulting work, expert appraisals, testing, control and all services of technical assistance deemed useful in protecting and informing consumers or in improving product quality".
Through partner-based research, LNE research teams, in conjunction with researchers and engineers, are capable of guiding companies and institutions in their development efforts aimed at products, methods, manufacturing protocols or processes, with appropriate adaptation to the environmental, technical or regulatory constraints applicable to the particular field.
LNE's fields of competence and expertise: metrology, materials and nanomaterials, construction supplies, consumer goods, electrical and electronic products, industrial equipment and components, evaluation of information systems, logistics and packaging, energy, the environment, health, safety, and transportation.
LNE proposes research partnerships of various types:
Bilateral research collaboration dedicated to a scientific or technical project, focusing on a topic of common interest between the company and LNE, in the form of its own capital facilities, shared technical resources and/or financing arrangements.
Research & development projects jointly or co-financed by third-party French or European organizations (ANR, ADEME, ANSES, the European Commission, Regional jurisdictions and competitiveness clusters, etc.).
LNE hosts on average some 20 Ph.D. students, whose research projects are conducted jointly with an external academic/university laboratory, some of which fall under the aegis of an industrial research-based education convention (administered by CIFRE).