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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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Matchmaking ME students

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On Wednesday 23 November, the Mechanical Engineering students of the University of Groningen (RuG) visited the SKILL building in Drachten. After a long period of digital sessions, the students were able to be present in person again to meet the ICD companies in the building where a lot of research equipment is located. About 15 students from the Smart Factory, Advanced Instrumentation and Energy systems specializations were present. The program consisted of discussions with companies that are interesting for the students to carry out an assignment with. All ICD companies offer opportunities for design assignments and sometimes graduate assignments for master's students, which take approximately eight months…

Business contact day at Windesheim

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The annual business contact day took place at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences on 22 November. This year's theme was Meet your future. During this event, companies can get in touch with HBO-ICT students who are looking for an internship or graduation place from their exhibition stand. Among those present were representatives of the ICD and ASTRON, the Dutch Institute for Radio Astronomy, which Yan and Fanna could tell all about. ASTRON particularly attracted students from Software Development and students from the Embedded Systems programme. The Business Information Management (BIM) course is also a popular course among students, but ASTRON is specifically…

BD is looking for new employees with a passion for wellness

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From mid-April 2023, BD Kiestra will expand its production with a new generation of devices called InoquIA, an automated system for processing microbiological samples. This expansion not only requires a renovation of the factory, the company is also looking for new employees. BD Kiestra develops and produces innovative, high-quality automated laboratory systems for medical bacteriological laboratories. By automating laboratories, large volumes of samples are processed quickly and reliably, resulting in faster patient treatment. The company mission is therefore: to improve the health of people all over the world. Informal working atmosphere Passionate colleagues work at this innovative company…

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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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