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King Willem-Alexander will come to Eindhoven on Thursday morning 3 October for the official opening of Brainport Industries Campus (BIC).

The first Factory of the Future on the Brainport Industries Campus has a size of 100,000 m2. BIC is the home base for far-reaching partnerships between suppliers, specialist companies and innovative educational and knowledge institutions in the Brainport region. The campus will ultimately comprise a total of 5 factories. There are various field labs on specific subjects such as cyber defence and there is a software competence cluster.

The first factory, which is now being opened by King Willem-Alexander, includes seven innovation programmes in the fields of flexible manufacturing, high-tech software, 3D metal printing and logistics (AML). In addition, BIC houses a full-fledged MBO course for the industry at Summa College.

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King Willem-Alexander is given a tour of the campus and will talk to employees of KMWE and Fieldlab Flex Manufacturing about the importance of cooperation and the role that BIC plays in this. With MBO students from Summa College, the King then talks about the curriculum that focuses on the high-tech manufacturing industry. After the opening ceremony, the King will meet directors and representatives of companies involved in BIC.

Ferdinand Gremmen, the director of the area developer SDK Vastgoed (VolkerWessels), owner of BIC CV, is pleased that King Willem-Alexander will officially open the campus. “Since 2014, SDK Vastgoed has been standing at the cradle of Brainport Industries Campus together with the Municipality of Eindhoven, the Province of Noord-Brabant, the Brabantse Ontwikkelings Maatschappij (BOM) and Coöperatie Brainport Industries (BI). It has been a long-cherished dream of the high-tech manufacturing industry to continue to strengthen and expand its global position. Currently, more than 2,000 employees and students work at BIC on a daily basis. The atmosphere of the expertise that is shared here can be felt as soon as you enter the first Factory of the Future.”

Brainport Industries Campus (BIC)

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