The precision fair grows with the ambitions of the high-tech industry

Date: 21/11/2022

By: MetalNieuws

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“We see now more than ever that the entire precision technology value chain must meet each other, share knowledge and innovate together”, says Bart Kooijmans, program manager Precision Fair at organizer Mikrocentrum. “It is extremely important: because by seeking each other out and helping each other, you arrive at new, ground-breaking innovations and solutions to the major current challenges.”

New elements

In order to strengthen networking and knowledge sharing and facilitate it even more, the Precision Fair was set up on a larger scale with new elements. For example, the network hall, where industry associations, universities, colleges, start-ups, knowledge institutions and high-tech projects could meet, was expanded, the meeting areas were centralized on the trade fair floor, so that visitors and exhibitors could easily discover a first collaboration with each other, and there was Live Stage. Arena.

A lot of attention for young tech talents

The growth ambition of the high-tech sector entails another major challenge: the plans must also be realized, and technical talent is indispensable. The figures are known: There are more vacancies in the high-tech sector than people in work. At the same time, a new generation of young technicians is ready to get started and contribute to those ambitions. To put these talents in the spotlight, the Precision Fair offered a solid Young Talent program. Students, PhD students and start-ups could pitch their projects here. This also gave them the opportunity to further develop their power skills and make new contacts. A student tour was also organized for the first time in collaboration with BedrijvenMeeloopDag.

Four prizes awarded

Several awards were presented in the Live Stage Arena. For example, Mikrocentrum awarded two Boost Your Talent Awards in collaboration with KIVI and Wevolver. Lieke de Visscher from team Force Fusion and her team won a training check of €5,000 from Mikrocentrum and Tijmen Seignette won a marketing check worth €5,000 from Wevolver for his research on ground reaction forces in RSPs (Running Specific Prosthesis).

That DSPE Wim van der Hoek Award, the prize for the best thesis, went to Dennis Struver. He graduated this spring in the design of a vibration isolation system for use in cryogenic conditions at Eindhoven University of Technology. That DSPE Rien Koster Awardthe award for a mechatronics engineer who has made a special effort in the field went to Hans Vermeulen, senior principal architect at ASML and part-time professor at TU/e, for his tireless efforts to expand and renew the field.

Keynote David Trumper

Physics is the basis of all the devices we use every day. The many challenges we face as a world also require knowledge of physical phenomena. To emphasize the importance of precision mechatronics and the proper training of mechatronics, David Trumper, professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, flew in specially from the USA. “We are extremely proud that David wanted to share his experiences and visions with the audience at the Precision Fair. It also shows that as Dutch high technology we not only face certain challenges, but that we can also work together beyond our borders and learn from each other,” says Bart Kooijmans.

Live Stage Arena

Also new in this edition was the Live Stage Arena. Here, various prominent people and experts from the industry shared their views on the current challenges. For example, the panel debate with Michiel Sweers (Ministry of Economy), Fred van Keulen (3ME TU Delft), Marc Hendrikse (Holland High Tech), Berend van der Meer (Demcon biovitronix), Sikko Wittermans (ASML) and Tijs Teepen (Masévon), the impact of ​​the growth funds NXTGEN HIGHTECH, PhotonDelta and Katapult. The same applied to the presentation by Willem Endhoven from the industry association High Tech NL.

During the Techcafé Precision Fair edition, challenges in the supply chain were on the agenda. Guu Spanje Savernije (VDL Group), Rob Kwikkers, Remco Overwater (ASML) gave their vision on questions such as “How do we ensure that we work even better together as a chain” and “How can I, as an SME, better support the OEM?” be at your service’. Jelm Franse (ASML), Paul Nollen (Thermo Fisher Scientific), Hans Meeske (Holland Innovative), René van Ommeren (Innovox & partners) and Bert-Jan Woertman (Mikrocentrum) concluded the live stage program with their vision of the statement: ‘ High-tech industrial enterprise is not guaranteed.

Research among 600 high-tech and manufacturing companies

Mikrocentrum has recently investigated trends and challenges in the high-tech and manufacturing industry together with the research agency Markteffect. These research results are compiled in a white paper, which was presented at the fair by Maarten Roos, head of the Mikrocentrum High Tech Platform. With this research, Mikrocentrum wants to offer companies better insight on the way to the future. The most important results in a nutshell:

  • Personnel is seen as the biggest challenge.
  • Demonstrable skills are seen as more important than diplomas
  • 71% find it difficult to find tech talent
  • AI is seen as the most important key technology
  • 70% expect growth in revenue in the coming year
  • 65% expect the revenue model to (partially) change

The next edition of Precision fair is on 15 and 16 November 2023, again in the Brabanthallen in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

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