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West Holland composite cluster & National Composite Agenda presented at JEC Paris

From March 12 to 14, the largest composite trade fair in the world, JEC World 2019, took place in Paris. At the Holland High Tech pavilion, organized in cooperation with trade association CompositesNL, Dutch companies and research institutes presented their latest material developments and newest processing technologies

InnovationQuarter supported the West Holland composite cluster with a regional stand at the pavilion. At the stand, the following initiatives were presented:

  • SAM | XL from Delft, a test and development center for automating the production of large-scale composite parts;
  • InfraCore  from Rotterdam, supplier of technology and products in the infrastructure, such as lightweight composite bridges;
  • Technology Park Ypenburg a cluster of closely cooperating composite companies in The Hague.

The aim was to promote the West Holland composite cluster internationally, to find new partnerships and to interest foreign companies into to expanding into this region.

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The parties mentioned above were also able to present themselves during the 1.5-hour “Country on Stage” session. At the end, the Dutch sector offered the National Composite Agenda to Maarten Camps, Vice Minister of Economic Affairs & Climate and Marc Hendrikse special envoy to the Dutch HTSM top sector.

The agenda was drawn up by the private sector, the public sector, various research institutions and the top sectors HTSM and Chemistry and bundles all innovation activities within the Netherlands. Besides more unity and better coordination, the agenda also strengthens the competitive position of the Dutch composites sector on a global scale.

Composites are increasingly being used in various market sectors, from aerospace to deep sea offshore, from maritime to automotive, and from bridges to consumer products. The ambition of the agenda is also to make the sector more sustainable and to set an international example.