Space regions Zuid-Holland and Bremen join forces

Published on 6 March 2019

The Province of Zuid-Holland and branch organisation SpaceNed are to collaborate with the German state Bremen and the space cluster Aviaspace Bremen. By exchanging more knowledge in the field of aerospace and starting joint projects, both clusters are able to each develop even better. The collaboration also offers new opportunities for innovations.

Zuid-Holland and Bremen have a strong aerospace cluster. Businesses, leading institutes, universities and colleges collaborate on technological innovations in the industry, such as sensors, satellite instruments and rocket parts. Both European regions are known as hotspots of aerospace activity and as such, make an important contribution to the economy. The clusters are also indispensable to the large social and often international tasks that we face, such as monitoring the climate with the help of satellite data, which is of great importance to climate adaptation.

Joint projects

By working together, the regions can strengthen that position even more. That is why the King’s Commissioner Jaap Smit (Province of Zuid-Holland), Jeroen Rotteveel, (CEO of SpaceNed), Senator Martin Günthner (State of Bremen) and Holger Oelze (CEO of Aviaspace) signed a Joint Declaration of Intent in the presence of the King and Queen. In it, the parties agree to draft a joint action agenda this year, aimed at (further) collaboration of businesses and knowledge institutions of both regions, for instance on joint research and development. Jaap Smit: “Questions such as the climate know no boundaries. Expertise and skills are spread over institutes, businesses and countries. Smart collaboration on joint challenges enables everyone to get ahead.”

Aerospace Trade Mission

The Joint Declaration of Intent was signed during a trade mission Aerospace in Bremen in which Harm van de Wetering, Director of the Netherlands Space Office, acted as Industry Trade Delegation Leader. Around 25 Dutch businesses, research institutions and authorities learned of their German colleagues’ expertise and skills. In addition to the collaboration of Zuid-Holland and Bremen, OHB from Bremen and Airbus Defence and Space from Leiden announced during the trade mission that they were expanding their collaboration on the solar panels of the Galileo constellation.

The trade mission ran parallel to a work visit of His Royal Highness King Willem-Alexander and Her Royal Majesty Queen Máxima to Bremen and the Port of Bremen. The Royal couple attended several programme components of the trade mission.