The manufacturing industry has reached a turning point. This was the shared message during the first conference of the Taskforce HTSM Northern Netherlands. On 21 November ‘De Nieuwe Kolk’ in Assen formed the stage for High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM) conference.
According to many of those who attended, it is important these days to stay alert so that entrepreneurs can keep pace with the fast developments. It also emerged that the Northern Netherlands offers many opportunities.
During the conference, Amandus Lundqvist, who heads the national HTSM top team, announced that the Northern Netherlands is presenting itself strongly as a high-tech region. The task force has the task of building on this foundation. According to Lundqvist, who gave the keynote speech, high-tech is an economic driving force. He regards Big Data, sensor technology and smart factories as being three examples of high-tech sectors that could do well in the Northern Netherlands.
As well as the keynote speech, Philips, Astron and Fokker and knowledge institutions held discussions with one other on shared issues and challenges. The Innovation Cluster Drachten and the NOM are also closely involved in the new taskforce.
According to Siem Jansen the HTSM platform must not become a new cluster organisation, but a network in which all partners make capacity available. And this approach is working – the parties involved have really clicked. This is illustrated by the fact that a single email was enough to decide within half a day to present the northern HTSM sector next year at the Hannover Messe, the world’s leading high-tech trade exhibition.
The Taskforce has invited the northern HTSM sector to join in. “Our stand should be regarded as a base camp to explore the Hannover Messe”, says Siem Jansen. The Taskforce would like at least 100 companies from the Northern Netherlands to go to the Hannover Messe.