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February 27, 2024

Successful participation of ICD in Delft Career Days

On Monday, February 19, 2024, our Innovation Cluster proudly participated in the Delft Career Days, organized by Delft University of Technology. This day offered a unique opportunity for students to orientate themselves on their future careers and for companies to meet talented candidates. The day started early, with setting up the...

February 22, 2024

Innovation and Sustainability Shine during Mini-Symposium “Smart and Circular in the Region”

In an inspiring meeting that took place recently, approximately 70 participants came together for the mini-symposium “Smart and Circular in the Region”, organized by Innovatiecluster Drachten (ICD) and Ynova. The event, marked by a series of engaging presentations and interactive sessions, highlighted the crucial role of innovation and circularity in regional development. The afternoon kicked off...

February 8, 2024

New university course and campus strengthen Drachten's position as an innovation hub

Start of university studies Engineering Doctorate of the RUG Drachten, a city with a rich high-tech history, reaches a new milestone with the establishment of Campus Drachten. The initiators of this project, consisting of Innovatiecluster Drachten, Philips Drachten, University of Groningen, NHL Stenden, Firda, Nij Smellinghe hospital and the municipality of Smallingerland, are pleased to announce their collaboration on...

February 6, 2024

Dutch space instrument plays a key role in climate research

Source: Nu.nl – Jeroen Kraan Today, Tuesday February 6, an important event attracts the attention of the world: the launch of a new climate satellite by NASA, equipped with a revolutionary Dutch instrument called SPEXone. This instrument is the result of a collaboration between the Dutch space institute SRON, Airbus and TNO and is about to...

January 29, 2024

Technical NHL STENDEN Business Administration students experience innovation up close

On Thursday, January 25, 45 students from NHL STENDEN University of Applied Sciences with the technical business administration course came together at the Innovatiecluster Drachten (ICD) for a unique experience. They visited four ICD companies: Kwantcontrols, Hytrans, Stork Turbo Bladen and Ventura Systems. This day focused on the theme of improving processes in various industries, where technical business experts...

January 26, 2024

From the lecture halls to innovation in practice

We (ICD) recently had the honor of hosting 65 enthusiastic physics students from the University of Groningen, in collaboration with the study association Professor Francken. These visiting academics, who deepen their studies in material science, had a unique opportunity to see theory and practice come together in a special way. The day was filled with...

January 25, 2024

The autonomous factory – a great collaboration

A recent article by Link Magazine outlines an impressive vision of the future: the autonomous factory. The innovative concept of 'Autonomous Factory' is central, in which products lead their production processes in their own unique way. This article highlights the role of leading ICD companies such as Philips, Batenburg Beenen and FMI, which are part of the project group. It also emphasizes the...

January 23, 2024

Innovation and efficiency in 'Configure to Order'. A look at ICD's knowledge network with Hytrans and Elfsquad

On January 18, ICD members gathered for a fascinating knowledge session on 'Configure to Order' (CTO) at the SKILL campus in Drachten, the heart of technological innovation in the north. With Hytrans and Elfsquad at the helm, we explored the latest trends and innovations in this dynamic sector. Hytrans, as a new member of ICD and a leading...

January 16, 2024

Astron is committed to more female talent in technology

We are proud to announce that our member ASTRON, the institute for radio astronomy, makes an inspiring contribution to diversity within technology. ASTRON recently emphasized in an article in the Volkskrant that the search for female scientists and technicians is a priority. Jessica Dempsey, director of ASTRON, expresses the institute's mission...