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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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ICD organises mini-symposium on predictive maintenance

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On October 27, 2022, a mini-symposium on predictive maintenance was organized by Innovatiecluster Drachten, in collaboration with Smart Indystry Hub, AI Coalition Northern Netherlands and University of Groningen (RUG). This knowledge session focused on artificial intelligence and project development in the field of predictive maintenance in the Netherlands, with guest speakers from companies and professors from the University of Groningen. Four industry speakers gave presentations on AI-related topics, such as: 'Life extension bearings: from manufacturer to services' by Dennis Fischer from Schaeffler 'Calculating predictive maintenance, methods and results' by Kjeld vd Schaaf from KxA 'Predictive maintenance in practice : a journey at KLM Engineering…

ICD visits job fair in Germany

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On Wednesday 19 October, the Hochschule Emden-Leer organized a physical job market for the first time in a long time on their site in Emden, under the smoke of the famous Volkswagen factory. Not only is the Volkswagen ID4 produced in this northern German port city, many talented people are also trained in fields that are important to the ICD companies. And the nearest ICD company is only 25 km from Leer. Enough reasons to pay a visit to this German HBO institution. The fair was well organized and enjoyed a continuous stream of interested students. Also international students, especially from India,…

New addition to ICD: GeTech

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On October 11, GeTech joined the Innovatiecluster Drachten. This brings the number of high-tech companies that have joined the cluster to 22. To make the accession official, the ICD organized a ceremony in the presence of Henk Smid, treasurer of the ICD, Jan Geerts, CEO of GeTech, mayor Cees Bijl and alderman Jan Schipper, representative on behalf of the municipality of Midden Drenthe and mayor Jan Rijpstra of the municipality of Smallingerland. As a replacement for the ICD chairman, Henk Smid signed the cooperation agreement today and, according to tradition, this is done on each other's backs. Jan Geerts: “Every day new opportunities arise to make things better…

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– 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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