To become a leading country in robotics, the Dutch government and industry will have to invest a 100 million euros in research and development over the next ten years. This is the central statement in the position paper from Holland Robotics about the opportunities for the Dutch robotics sector.
On behalf of 18 industrial partners and research institutes, the paper ‘Kansen voor de Nederlandse robotica – Samen investeren in toepassingsgerichte R&D’ was recently presented to Alexander van der Lely (CEO Lely) and Bertholt Leeftink (ministry of Economic Affairs).
“If the Dutch industry wants to stay ahead in the way we innovate, then companies, educational institutions and the government must deepen their collaboration”, Van der Lely said in a reaction. Leeftink said his ministry will use all policy instruments available to stimulate applied research in robotics, and so to contribute in solving great societal challenges in healthcare, food and mobility.
Robotics not only has the potential to change the world, it will change the world, the position paper states. The Netherlands has everything to become a leading country. But to be a global player, it is important to start investing. Willem Endhoven from Holland Robotics: “We proposed a programme by which our country will be leading in robotics in manufacturing, health care, agriculture, intralogistics and maintenance.”
He expects the investment pays off in jobs, new businesses and a growing high tech sector in the Netherlands. The position paper has the firm support of Maarten Steinbuch, director of the High Tech Systems Center from Eindhoven University of Technology. “The joint Dutch field of robotics scientists support this report, because it can accelerate innovations in robotics. It’s time to deepen the collaboration between research institutions, industry and the government in the field of robotics.”