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Innovatiecluster Drachten consists of 23 high-tech Innovative companies.

We do not compete with each other, but work together. This is how we develop and make high-quality and unique products. We do this by sharing knowledge. That is why we welcome any new insight and are happy to work with technical talents.

We share knowledge, for example, with honors programs for students and High-tech Safaris. We also have special career and development programs for talents and we guide high-tech startups. The companies share high-tech equipment, including industrial metal and plastic 3D printers and cobots in our Shared Facility Center. Our workshops for R&D projects, development and testing facilities for 3D printing and soon auditoriums for school and student programs are also located there.

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Successful Safari Excursion with Hoch Schule Emden-Leer

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On September 22, 2023, the Innovatiecluster Drachten (ICD) welcomed 25 students from Hochschule Emden-Leer for a unique 'Safari' excursion in the modern SKILL building on the Philips site, the 'Shared Knowledge Innovation Learning Lab'. These students, specialized in Industrial Automation and Data Science, were given an insight into some leading technical companies in the region and delved deeper…

Successful “High Tech Safari” with Hoch Schule Emden – Leer (HSEL)

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On September 22, we had the pleasure of welcoming a group of 25 students from the Hoch Schule Emden – Leer (HSEL), specialized in Industrial Automation and Data Science. The group was represented by, among others, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Kreutz, president of HSEL. Together with Binne Visser (chairman of ICD) and Michiel Kasteleijn (director of IWCN),…

ICD Welcomes Hytrans

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Innovation is the key word that has shaped the character of the Northern Netherlands for years. ICD is a driving force in this regard, with 23 high-tech companies that collaborate and share knowledge. This week, ICD welcomed Hytrans Systems BV as a new partner, a collaboration that pushes boundaries in technology and emergency response. Local Support: Dedication and Enthusiasm The entry of…

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“I came into contact with this platform (Part of the Smart) through the ICD and found the perfect internship for me. After my internship I immediately rolled into my dream job”

– Henk de Vries


Working within the Innovatiecluster Drachten in the Northern Netherlands offers many possibilities. We regularly say: “The future is yours”.

You can actively participate in innovative R&D projects with us.

What is special is that we share knowledge and work on solutions to social problems.

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