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Author: Bart Brouwers

Focus on talent attraction during Dutch Technology Week

The 7th Edition of Dutch Technology Week will start next Monday. This year, the focus will be on talent in the broadest sense of the word. For the seventh year in a row, more than 150 high-tech companies, knowledge institutes, and talents are showing the latest trends and innovations in their sector. The Dutch Technology Week will take place from 4 to 9 June 2018. As a preview, read the 15 stories that wrote in preparation for the event. The programme has too many elements to mention them all – so below only the highlights of Dutch Technology Week 2018: Friday 1 June In the run-up to the DTW, Frits van Hout (ASML, Chairman of the DTW Board), together with Bente van den Tillaart (SUMMA student) and Michiel Dirckx (TU/e student) will open AEX Trade Market in Amsterdam. Monday 4 June The opening ceremony of the DTW with breakfast. During the opening FME will launch ‘Upgrade NL‘, a programme to make the Netherlands ‘tech wise‘ in the broadest sense of the word. In addition, the Brainport Talent & Skills Agreement is presented: this agreement, signed by 200 entrepreneurs and managers, contains joint agreements on the development, attraction, and retention of talent (much more on this subject on Monday on E52). Tuesday 5 June This year, too, there will be a Night Of The Nerds: the technology festival for everyone between the ages of 14...

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“Give to Grow”: De Kazerne to host weekly Innovation Cafe

“Together we create a community with impact” Kazerne’s Annemoon Geurts is never far away when new initiatives around Tech & Design are created. So again, it’s no wonder that she is at the heart of an idea to start a weekly get-together for people from Eindhoven’s TDK-community: technicians, designers, knowledge workers, but also entrepreneurs, companies, education, and government. “In other words, the ecosystem that shapes Brainport. From student to CEO, from a startup to the mayor.” Geurts, who gathered some 20 people around her idea, believes that connecting top talent with their ideas to the opportunities will fuel innovation. “In building the...

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VDL introduces electric buses to Switzerland

Pilot with VDL Citea SLFA Electric in Basel VDL Bus & Coach will deliver a BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) version VDL Citea SLFA-181 Electric to Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe (BVB). This bus is the first electric articulated bus for Switzerland and is part of a pilot project. It will involve testing on all bus lines in Basel, Switzerland, starting late this year. Through this pilot, BVB intends to gain some initial practical experience with electric bus operation. From 2027 BVB will use exclusively 100% renewable drive technology. “We look forward to this new bus and are convinced that our passengers will also...

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Robotic arm helps surgeons at MMC

Máxima Medical Centre (MMC) surgeons have been operating with a robotic arm since this week. This surgical tool combines the precision benefits of robotic surgery with the speed of a traditional keyhole surgery. Until recently, the application was only used in hospitals outside Europe, the hospital says in a briefing. The arm allows more precise and easier stitching in the abdominal and thoracic cavities. The technique is mainly used for gastrointestinal, liver and lung surgery, in which a relatively large amount has to be attached. The instrument is attached to the surgeon’s arm as an extension. The tip follows...

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Eindhoven gets five 3D-concrete printed houses

The realisation of the first of five planned 3D-printed concrete houses will start this year in the Meerhoven neighbourhood in Eindhoven. The ‘Project Milestone‘ is not meant as an experiment but as a real new way of building homes, in which people actually will be living. The municipality of Eindhoven, Eindhoven University of Technology, contractor Van Wijnen, real estate manager Vesteda, materials company Saint Gobain-Weber Beamix and engineering firm Witteveen+Bos are the project partners. The project will be realised over the next five years. The first house, which will be a single-floor house, is expected to be ready for...

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Jorritsma in the Hague to fight for the 30%-rule for expats

The Eindhoven mayor John Jorritsma, together with a delegation of foreign knowledge workers and representatives of VSNU and VNO-NCW, calls on the government to comply with the agreement to keep the so-called ‘30% rule’ for (current) international knowledge workers for the full eight years. On behalf of more than 35 scientific and cultural organisations and companies, they presented a pamphlet to the Lower House of Parliament to reinforce their message. The regulation under discussion gives knowledge workers from abroad the right to pay 30% less tax for a period of eight years. According to Jorritsma, the scheme is of...

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Additive Industries accelerates 3D metal printing in Spain

First target markets: aerospace, automotive, and medical industry Additive Industries will be collaborating with ANÁLISIS Y SIMULACIÓN, a leading supplier of software solutions for product development and 3D as well as 3D printing solutions. Jointly the partners will accelerate the implementation of metal additive manufacturing systems in the high-end industries like aerospace, automotive, medical and high-tech machine building in Spain. The focus is on an integrated approach from initial design to a post-processed ready part. ANÁLISIS Y SIMULACIÓN, based in Miñano with 4 regional offices and over 100 employees, was founded 21 years ago and acts as a provider...

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Students Team VIRTUe builds a smart home for DTW

First step on the way to Solar Decathlon in Dubai An interactive clock indicating the energy consumption, the use of direct current to save energy, a large shared space that makes living efficient and social: these are just some of the characteristics of the innovative and sustainable home that the student team VIRTUe of the Eindhoven University of Technology has built on the TU/e campus. With this house, they will represent the Netherlands in the international construction competition Solar Decathlon in November in Dubai. On Monday 4 June, the house will be officially opened during Dutch Technology Week. Connecting...

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TU/e wins Dutch sustainability award

Wageningen University loses first place for the first time in 6 years Eindhoven University of Technology ranks first on this years’ SustainaBul-ranking. The list ranks Dutch higher education institutions based on the sustainability performance. The ranking was made public today at the National Day for Sustainability in Higher Education, which coincidently took place at TU Eindhoven. The jury praised the university mainly for its student teams working on sustainability projects. One of them is Solar Team Eindhoven, the three-time winner of the cruiser class at the World Solar Challenge. Another example is TU/Ecomotive, with its fully recyclable car. This year...

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VDL presents charging plaza in Valkenswaard

VDL has opened a charging location for electric vehicles on the grounds of VDL ETS (Enabling Transport Solutions) in Valkenswaard. Up to seven vehicles can be charged simultaneously in different ways. The speed at which the transition to sustainable transport solutions is occurring makes it necessary to gain even more insight into the complete chain of electric heavy-duty transport. This insight is of great importance to the further development of VDL Groep’s leading position as a specialist in the electrification of heavy-duty transport vehicles. Loading facility supplier Heliox from Best is one of the parties involved in this project,...

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