Due to a strong high tech ecosystem, many leading companies have chosen West Holland to establish their operations. The region in the western part of the Netherlands is home to world leading universities like Delft University of Technology, the leading aerospace cluster and high-quality production and material technology. Strong sectors that characterise the region, such as Horticulture, Maritime & Offshore, Aerospace, Water & Maritime and Life Sciences & Health, are increasingly dependent on technology, providing opportunities for high tech companies of all sorts with a focus on robotics and smart solutions.

West Holland, where smart solutions and crossover innovations meet

The West Holland region, centred on the cities of Rotterdam and The Hague, is a real-life testing ground. The majority of Smart Industry fieldlabs, in which companies and knowledge insti­tutes can efficiently develop, test, validate and implement products and technologies for new markets, are present in this unique delta region. Here cross-sector cooperation and innovation is initiated, realising impactful contributions with high tech and smart solutions to making the world safer, more resilient and a better place to live.

A selection of current fieldlabs:

  • SMASH (Smart Maintenance of Ships): Developing 100% predictable shipping maintenance that significantly reduces maintenance costs in the sector and increases the deployability of ships
  • FreshTeq.nl: Creating horticulture innovations and smart greenhouse technology
  • RAMLAB / Additive Manufacturing: 3D printing of defective and new metal components in the port-related industry
  • RoboHouse: Increasing adoption of ‘state-of-the-art’ robotic solutions within organizations
  • Dutch Optics Centre: Developing sensortechnology and satellite data for optics and optomechatronics

In close cooperation with TU Delft Robotics Institute, RoboValley is becoming a global robotics hub where researchers (>170), government agencies and (startup) companies closely work together on the next generation of robotics and are given access to the latest robot technology and opportunities for observation, research and testing.

The high tech sector in the West Holland region highly benefits from the favourable conditions. This densely populated area provides easy access to a typically highly educated and multilingual workforce. When combining this with the diversity of sectors, the typically Dutch open culture, easy access to the two international airports (Rotterdam The Hague Airport and Schiphol Airport) and close proximity to the world’s second-largest data distributor (AMS-IX), the West Holland region is an outstanding location to further develop your business.