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Dutch companies and knowledge institutes in the high-tech sector are renowned for their technological excellence and are among the world’s best in their market segments and niches. These properties make the Netherlands an excellent ‘place to be’ for technical solutions to challenges society is facing today in the areas of mobility, health, renewable energy, security, and the climate change. See below remarkable numbers and facts about our High Tech industry and knowledge institutes!

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EVERY FIVE MINUTES a truck is born in Eindhoven?



The production of DAF Trucks is on average this year 165/day. Assuming 12 hours operation/day, this means 13,75/hour, so at least 1 every 5 minutes. Made in Eindhoven! DAF expanded its industry leadership in 2011 as a result of superior quality, innovative products and class-leading customer support. In 2011 DAF Trucks delivered 42,300 CF and XF vehicles. Together with 9,500 Leyland-produced LF series a total of 51,800 DAF trucks were delivered (2010: 31,800).

75% OF ALL WORLDWIDE SALES OF NEW CARS has a CVT push belt from Tilburg? Currently, Bosch Transmissions, formerly known as VDT – van Doorn’s Transmission- in Tilburg produces over 4.5 million CVT push belts, based on the 50 years old invention of DAF for the continuously variable transmission. Worldwide about 60 million cars are sold every year. Here is a very nice movie of a new CVT transmission, with a belt from Tilburg!

The Netherlands became WORLDCHAMPION ROBOTSOCCER in 2012?



After being in the finals for 4 years, this year finally the TechUnited team from TU/Eindhoven became first in the midsize league RoboCup2012 in Mexico City. Here is a video impression of the final match, and here is a blogpost on the championship. In 2013 we are selected to organize the world championship Robocup2013 in Eindhoven!

EVERY SECOND 300 ICs for the Automotive market are made in Nijmegen?

In the waferfab of NXP in Nijmegen yearly 700.000.000 (700M) ICs are manufactured for the automotive market. This means about 2M/day, so 300/s. With 60M cars newly sold every year worldwide, this means on average every new car has 12 NXP chips from Nijmegen inside! The total number of NXP ICs per car is much larger, because NXP has more factories! For NXP the automotive sector is about 30% of its yearly turnover, being about 4.200M$/year.

Can you see DETAILS of 0,00000000005 m with the WOLRD’s BEST MICROSCOPE designed in Eindhoven?

The Titan microscope is a FEI product, enabling you to see details of 50 pm of material. A detail of 1 pico meter is 0,001 nanometer, or 10^(-12)m. These microscopes are being developed in the Eindhoven site of FEI company. The scanning type of microscopes can move with only 20 nm/s. You can imagine this speed, such that if you want to take a seat next to you, it will take you one year!

EVERY 20 MINUTES a patent is created by the companies on the SMARTEST SQUARE KM in the Netherlands?



In the Netherlands about 10.000 patents are filed each year, and 50% of them are from the companies located ate the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, part of the Brainport region. This is 5000 patents/year, and with 40 hours/week, and 42 productive weeks/year, this means 20 min/patent. Brainport was selected as the smartest region of the world in 2011, and the High Tech Campus is also called the smartest square km in the Netherlands. The campus, hosting only Philips Research buildings in the past, now has over 100 companies and over 8000 high tech people. Some of our colleagues in technologies remember working at Philips Research, it was a common to have a lunch break, walk around the pond, and invent something new…

EVERY DAY anonymous measurements from cars worldwide are received by TomTom?


Founded in 1991, TomTom is the world’s leading supplier of in-car location and navigation products and services focused on providing all drivers with the world’s best navigation experience. Headquartered in Amsterdam, and its R&D center in Eindhoven, TomTom has 3,500 employees and sells its products in over 40 countries. Over 100 million devices provide 6 billion measurements of actual speed and positions anonymously a day. This results in traffic management information as a benchmark for 28 countries at the moment. TomTom maps cover 112 countries and reach more than 3 billion people.

On average 80% of the ICs IN ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES SOLD WORLDWIDE are made on machines designed and manufactured in Veldhoven?



ASML is the world’s leading provider of lithography systems for the semiconductor industry, manufacturing complex machines that are critical to the production of integrated circuits or microchips. ASML has now 80% of the world market share. So, on average, 80% of all ICs will be manufactured on an ASML machine. Headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, ASML designs, develops, integrates, markets and services these advanced systems. At the moment, people from 72 nationalities are working in Veldhoven! The market capitalization of ASML is now 26.8 Billion $, which is larger than its origin Philips Electronics, which has a market cap of 24.5 Billion $. The machines move 40kg with a speed of more than 1 m/s, and accelerations up to 4 g, with an accuracy of 0,00000002 m.

A unique robot for eye surgery has been developed in Eindhoven which CAN OPERATE IN VEINS AS SMALL AS A HUMAN HAIR?



The start-up company Preceyes from Eindhoven University of Technology developed a master-slave robot for vitreo-retinal eye surgery with unique precision. With a measured accuracy of 0,00001 m the robot can be used for operations inside small veins on the retina.