Construction work has started on the Brainport Industries Campus (BIC) even though the gathering to mark the official start had to be cancelled due to the bad weather. This will be the first site in the Netherlands where the manufacturing industry will share production, storage, logistics, research and innovation facilities on a large scale in a ‘Factory of the Future’. Covering an area of 200 hectares – the equivalent of 400 football pitches – the project is on a vast scale. The BIC, which is being developed by Royal VolkerWessels company SDK Vastgoed, will target high-tech suppliers, an area in which Dutch industry is an international leader.
The first stage of construction concerns a 100,000-square metre area, which from next year will provide accommodation for companies including industrial equipment supplier Anteryon and KMWE, a supplier to companies in the aviation (Boeing, Airbus), aerospace, mechanical engineering (General Electric), medical and semiconductor sectors. ICT developers Hightech Software Cluster and Softwareport will also be moving in, along with regional education institute Summa College. From August 2018 around 1,600 intermediate-level vocational students will be taught technology and process technology in the Factory of the Future.
“The Brainport Industries Campus is an excellent opportunity to achieve stronger cooperation in the chain, innovation and much more efficient production,” said Ferdinand Gremmen, director of SDK Vastgoed and developer of the BIC. “In addition the cooperation with knowledge and education institutes will provide a boost in terms of attracting and training technology talent.”
Alderman Staf Depla said: "The way in which the Brainport Industries Campus will bring together high-tech manufacturing companies in the Brainport Park green zone will be a first for Europe. Essentially it means the entire high-tech supply chain – from small start-ups to multinationals – working together on the same site in one big Factory of the Future. That is also good news in terms of jobs.”
The Factory of the Future follows the smart-building principle to ensure maximum flexibility, with fully modular spaces enabling companies to respond effectively to changing market conditions. Moreover companies have access to high-quality shared facilities such as cleanrooms, flexible production areas, warehouses and other advanced facilities.
The Brainport Industries Campus is conveniently located for Eindhoven Airport, the A2/N2 motorway and the Beatrix Canal. The site covers a total area of 200 hectares, of which one-third will be occupied by five large factory buildings. Each of these will have shared facilities and can be repeatedly adapted to suit the changing needs of its users. This will remove boundaries between businesses to enable new cooperation models. The ambition is to grow the campus into an international showcase that will strengthen the supply chain in the region.
The buildings will be connected by a glass atrium housing catering establishments and pavilions for education and projects. The space surrounding the buildings will form an integrated whole with the green, wooded area of the new Brainport Park urban park and will incorporate footpaths and cycle tracks, meadows and eye-catching gardens.