More collaboration of the Zuid-Holland and Flemish manufacturing industry

Zuid-Holland's SMITZH-programme and the Flemish Flanders Make are to collaborate during the coming 3 years to make the manufacturing industry in both regions smarter. Their efforts will mainly target the exchange of knowledge in the field of automation and robotization of production processes.

Rinke Zonneveld, Managing Director of InnovationQuarter, and Dirk Torfs, CEO of Flanders Make, signed a cooperation agreement to this end. They made these arrangements during the Hannover Messe, the world's largest industrial technology trade fair, in the company of Zuid-Holland's Regional Minister Adri Bom-Lemstra (Economy) and representatives of the Flemish authorities. The manufacturing industry is an important driving force of the economy in both regions. To allow the industry to continue to grow competitively and sustainably, it is important that more businesses start to produce smarter.


The collaboration of the regions is to assist in this. The agreement mentions possible cooperation forms, such as the joint application for privately and EU-funded research projects such as INTERREG, and the organisation of joint events. The goal is to share as much knowledge and experience as possible, to exchange best practices and to connect the networks. Flanders Make and InnovationQuarter have already cooperated in the Vanguard Initiative for growth by smart specialisation.

The province supports the targets of the cooperation with SMITZH. Regional Minister Bom-Lemstra: “Businesses, both in Zuid-Holland and in Flanders, are working on innovation of their production processes. Of course, that is important to the businesses themselves, but also for our regional economies. In our province, businesses actively seek collaboration in the process. It is good that by this signing, we will work on cross-border cooperation. It offers new opportunities for both parties.”