What is Brainport Industries?
ASML, Philips Healthcare, FEI and Océ
Technologies/Canon are world leaders in their markets. According to market
research, most of the suppliers contributing to the success of these OEMs
(Original Equipment Manufacturers) are based
in the Netherlands. The Netherlands, and in particular the Brainport region
around Eindhoven, are key players in the development, manufacturing and
marketing of some of the most advanced, precise and intelligent machines. OEMs
competing on the international market for high-mix, low-volume, high-complexity
machines have been outsourcing the manufacturing of sub-assemblies and larger
non-core submodules to strategic suppliers for quite some time and are now increasingly
outsourcing the design and development of the equipment they manufacture as
well. What they're doing in fact, is giving suppliers full responsibility for
these modules, from design through to manufacturing.
This shift is driving suppliers to push their own boundaries in terms of feasibility and responsibility, and to extend their reach across international borders in order to tap into new, foreign markets. This can be quite challenging for individual suppliers because their companies are often too small or don't have enough financial power. But together, they are strong.
Under the auspices of Stichting Brainport, the leading tier-one, tier-two and tier-three high-tech suppliers in the region of Eindhoven decided to give this unique high-tech hub a face: Brainport Industries. Brainport Industries was established so suppliers can join forces to strengthen the professional character and competitive position of the high-tech supply chain. As partners, suppliers can contribute to the continuity and growth of the high-tech industry and work toward achieving the ambitions set out in Brainport 2020. Brainport Industries provides a fertile ground and a solid structure for collaborative projects whether they are related to technology, markets or people. It's an environment that provides for a continuing flow of knowledge workers and experts and enables suppliers to increase their output and steadily grow into market leaders.