Opening Airbus Production Facility Impulse for Zuid-Holland's Aerospace Cluster
Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands from Leiden have gained a new production facility. Among other things, the building offers space for the production of innovative aerospace technology, and as such is a great addition to Zuid-Holland's space cluster.
In June 2017, Airbus Netherlands signed the contract for the development and production of the Ariane 6 Vulcain Aft Bay and the Vinci Thrust Frame. This type of rocket is used to build an infrastructure of high-tech satellites in space, among other things to facilitate telecommunication, navigation systems and earth observation. Airbus Netherlands was able to compete for this contract because of the Dutch tender for ESA-technology programmes. The signing led to the decision to build the new industry 4.0 production facility.
Employment and Innovation
Prime Minister Rutte, who opened the facility: “Airbus’ new production facility is important for the development of the aerospace industry, but also for the employment and innovation in The Netherlands.” The Province endorses Rutte's message and is very pleased with the opening of the new Airbus production facility in Oegstgeest, which strengthens the Zuid-Holland aerospace cluster. That is not just important for resolving social issues such as dike surveillance, precision agriculture and disaster relief, but also for the regional economy. The new 'smart factory', covering 5,000 square metres and set up according to the latest methods, offers new jobs and will also attract other companies.
Permanent Investments in Aerospace
The Province considers the opening of the production facility a great move forward for The Netherlands as international player in the industry. One move, as more are needed. The Province therefore supports the deployment of SpaceNed to broaden the tender for optional ESA-technology programmes. A structural strengthening of the Dutch investment in these ESA-programmes (which is lacking at this moment) will lead to a structural improvement of the business climate for aerospace companies already established in The Netherlands, as well as for companies intending to settle ther