The champions league in High Tech!
- Working with companies in the Dutch high-tech and materials sector means access to the top players in their league.
- The Netherlands has a densely-populated and thriving electronics ‘ecosystem’, in which parties closely work together: the government works closely with universities, specialist research institutes and the private sector.
- The Netherlands offers education and top jobs for knowledge workers on all levels in technology.
- In terms of scientific achievements in beta and engineering science, the Netherlands is leading in the world. The Netherlands belongs to the top three in nanotechnology research, with the world’s highest scientific impact. Three of the Dutch technical universities are in the top 10 of the world’s best 300 universities in working with industry.
- The region around the city of Eindhoven is actually known as ‘Brainport region Eindhoven’ and was declared ‘the world’s smartest region’ in 2011 by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF).
- The Netherlands is known for having one of the least hierarchical cultures in the world. This makes the cooperation between scientific and manufacturing employees easier. They can truly communicate with each other.
- This makes the Netherlands a country that offers excellent business conditions for domestic and foreign technology companies alike.
- It is an attractive place to live and work for entrepreneurs, researchers and students.
High Tech solutions for global challenges:
Dutch companies and knowledge institutions in this sector are distinguished by their technological excellence, and are among the world’s best in their market segments and niches. These properties make the Netherlands also an excellent “place to be” for the solutions to the current economic challenges, as described in the text ‘Science for Society’ of the European agenda Horizon 2020:
- Health, demographic change, and well being
- Secure, clean, and efficient energy
- Smart, green, and integrated transport
- Climate action and resource efficiency, including raw materials
- Inclusive, innovative, and secure societies
Smart & green mobility
- Smart Mobility:
Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) can improve mobility and safety. Traffic management continues to be a relevant topic for all of our lives. Our roads are becoming more congested and there is an increasing need to find solutions to keep our roads moving, beyond continued spending in road expansions. Intelligent Traffic Systems have the potential to utilise the existing road network more effectively as well as increase its total throughput. Better information can also improve safety on the roads, for instance when approaching sharp corners, or providing alerts to drivers on imminent danger ahead. The DITCM (Dutch Integrated Test-side Cooperative Mobility) initiative is defining an open and scalable platform for future systems, and exploring new techniques in cooperative driving and mobility, to contribute to a more efficient and sustainable mobility solution. In-vehicle solutions will ensure a connected link between the vehicle and the outside world. To achieve the targets set by the Dutch government with respect to mobility in 2020, intelligent traffic systems (ITS) play an essential role, since they contribute to minimising traffic congestion, as well as the requirement for extra roads and infrastructure, and increase optimal fuel consumption. The Netherlands has a unique set of innovative companies such as TomTom, NXP, 3TU, TNO, the AutomotiveNL campus in Helmond, and others, who are working on solutions that can help to address these problems and at the same time create sustainable value.
* E-Call: (a Europe-wide project): A car equipped with ITS automatically calls emergency service after an accident. The car gives its position and opens a sound connection between the car and emergency services. Alternatively, the car ‘talks’ to other cars, and gets information about the distance between it and the other cars on the road. Driving on highways after accidents will be much safer this way. These NXP chips save many lives in European traffic.
* Another ITS example (not mentioned in the slides): The Connect & Drive project uses the latest technology to gain surprising benefits from the number one driving annoyance. The closer together that cars drive, the less road space they take up, and the lower the average wind resistance. It also means a big reduction in congestion and CO2 emissions. Cars travelling in ‘platoons’ can also respond much more effectively to situations far ahead of them. This new kind of driving is based on existing technologies such as ACC, Intelligent Cruise Control and vehicle-to-vehicle communication.
- The new Dutch standard for environmentally-friendly distribution by trucks: DAF LF Hybrid. By using a diesel engine in clever combination with an electric motor, fuel consumption, and thus CO2 emissions, can be reduced by 10 to 20%, depending on the application.
- The Side Wing is a polyester ‘ wing ‘ that can be mounted under a semi-trailer. Most turbulence in lorries takes place in the area below the loading box, behind the wheels of the truck but in front of the wheels of the trailer. There the wind spins inwards in a unfavourable way, which has an inhibitory effect on the freight car. The truck does not slow down but consumes more fuel. This polyester wing also really works like a wing. It conducts the wind in such way that there is no inhibitory effect; in fact it creates a positive stimulation at higher wind speeds.
Smart Solutions for Healthcare (Medical Technology)
- The Dutch have a small but strongly defined field of expertise in technologies that help to diagnose and treat diseases.
- Philips Healthcare, part of the world-renowned Philips Group, has an extensive portfolio of medical systems. Its technologies include: X-ray; ultrasound; magnetic resonance; computed tomography; nuclear medicine; PET; radiation oncology systems; patient monitoring; information management; and resuscitation products. Philips collaborates with Dutch universities, health care providers, patients, the healthcare industry, and insurance companies to research and develop medical innovations. The goal is find solutions which show their added value as soon as possible, for the patient as well as society.
- Nucletron, develops some of the world’s most innovative products for cancer treatment. It has several products in development within the fields of Brachytherapy and Oncology Software Solutions.
- Robots for surgery and surgery support. For example eye surgeons must be extremely careful in their operations to prevent damage to very fragile tissues. Robots can help them and keep them in their job longer. The master surgeon interfaces are designed to be comfortable, and intuitive for the surgeon to use.
Smart Energy / Solutions for renewable energy
- The Netherlands are at the forefront of Smart Grid solutions: Intelligent electricity networks that regulate the individual generation and distribution of energy. Smart grids or ‘ intelligent energy ‘ networks play an important role in the energy supply of the future. Technological innovations and new services should keep our future energy supply affordable and reliable, and aid in the transition to sustainability. Decentralized energy generation, storage, and consistency in the regular grid, as well as interaction with the end user, and two-way traffic between energy users and suppliers are essential elements of this smart grids. More than 20 organisations in the Netherlands are working together, and cooperate in finding and testing solutions.
- Another example: To manage both climate and light intensity in a glass façade, while keeping the building design and installation simple, Smart Energy Glass is able to diminish solar radiation, and at the same time convert light into electricity. The goal is to develop Smart Energy Glass and bring this into production for the market. (see more info on internet on PEER+)
- Solliance and Holst Centre are working on technologies for organic and flexible solar cell production technology.
Smart & invisible security systems
- Vanderlande Industries installs worldwide automated material luggage and parcel handling systems at Airports, with integrated security measures.
- Advanced camera systems to measure human behavior in crowds, without violation of privacy regulations. (see more info on internet on Eagle Vision)
- In one of the oldest industries in the Netherlands, the maritime sector, a new range of patrol vessels is currently developed, a highly innovative patrol vessel suitable for anti-piracy missions off the coast. The innovation of this ship lies in the application of a wide range of new technologies. Furthermore, this ship can perform its tasks with a very small crew.
- Security also has a human face: advanced electronics are developed for near field communication, focused on human well being.
Smart solutions for climate change
- Ten Cate developed inkjet technologies whereby coating particles are applied at nano-scale with great precision and speed to textile-related materials. This means huge savings in water and energy
- Fokker Aerostructures develops new materials for lighter airplanes. For example GLARE is a composite material. Its properties and fabrication are very similar to bulk aluminium metal sheets. It has far less in common with composite structures when it comes to design, manufacture, inspection or maintenance. GLARE parts are constructed and repaired using mostly conventional metal material techniques. GLARE is a very successful FML, patented by Akzo Nobel in 1987, that entered commercial application in the Airbus A380, which has received a full type certificate from the FAA and European Aviation Authorities. Also, NASA is interested in reinforcing metal parts with composite materials as part of the Space Shuttle programme, which has led to the introduction of fibres to the bond layers. Advantages are better damage tolerance, behaviour, corrosion resistance and fire resistance, and lower specific weight.
- Smart green chips by NXP save energy in the standby mode of electronic devices.
Key enabling technologies
- The Netherlands are strong in key enabling technologies. The HTSM sector is an important “enabler” for many other application sectors such as energy, chemistry and life sciences. It focuses on high added-value products and services in a number of specialized areas such as: High Tech Materials and Systems, Embedded Systems, Photonics, Mechatronics and Manufacturing, Components/Circuits, and Nanotechnology.
- Institutes in the framework of open innovation in High Tech Systems and Materials:
- Open Innovation and Public-Private programs:
- Holst Centre, Embedded Systems Institute (ESI), and the Materials Innovation Institute (M2I)
- In innovation organisations such as Point-One and HTAS, large companies, SMEs, institutes and universities work together to develop research roadmaps and mobilize and strengthen the innovation ecosystem from the inside out.
- Dutch knowledge institutes with the support of the government and industry in a number of public-private programs are: HTSM NanoNextNL (nano technology), MEMPHIS (photonica) and COMMIT (ICT).
- The open innovation philosophy is pre-dominantly found on the High Tech Campus in Brainport region Eindhoven, where more than 90 companies and institutes and over 8,000 researchers, developers, and entrepreneurs work together share and R&D facilities. Other familiar Dutch campuses are the Knowledge park Twente and Yes!Delft.
- Specialized R&D programs, particularly in Embedded Systems and Nanotechnology, are resulting in innovations, patents, products and spin-offs. In the field of Nano science, the Netherlands belongs to the top three worldwide, together with Switzerland and the US.
- Around 80 Dutch companies specialize in the development of embedded systems, and a further 150 consider embedded systems an important part of their business. Thousands more use embedded systems in their products and production processes.
- A key feature of the Dutch electronics ecosystem is that powerful multinationals such as Philips and ASML work closely with smaller, specialized SMEs, creating a competitive combination of R&D funding and innovative ability. It also acts as an Open Innovation Model with the participation of large and small companies, and also research institutes such as TNO, GTI, NLR, and universities. An example is the joint forces of tier-one, tier-two and tier-three suppliers in the open (high-tech) supply chain Brainport Industries.