Focus industries

In choosing for Brainport you choose to join a complete and unique technology ecosystem that consists of OEM’s, SME’s, suppliers, contract manufacturers and knowledge institutes that cooperate closely and have access to physical and fiscal facilities for cost-efficient development. Because of this joint innovation Brainport companies are able to market their product, parts or systems within a considerably shorter period of time at competitive costs.


The Netherlands is a frontrunner in developing solutions for renewable and smart energy. This can be contributed to a progressive government, tech-minded inhabitants and an environmentally - conscious population.

Integral high tech solutions for future energy challenges

In Brainport Eindhoven you find a strong cluster of companies, knowledge institutes and governmental agencies that are active in the field of energy. They provide knowledge, test & integration facilities and business development for energy-related services, products, devices and equipment. Their overall focus is on developing integrated solutions in the field of capturing and generating energy and its storage and conversion.

Making smart combinations is key. The focus is on developing solutions and applications in the field of urban use like solar for (heat)capture and electricity generation, all kinds of energy storage and effective and efficient use in grids for in homes, offices, production plants, and mobility. Moreover, Brainport Eindhoven is a leader in the smart use of solar energy, with a unique expertise in thin-film photovoltaics. An innovation that will impact our future energy generation.

Application forms and fields

Renewing energy is an important societal challenge with many different application forms. In Brainport Eindhoven, research and development are applied to many application areas and knowledge is always translated into market solutions for societal challenges. Varying from solutions for energy neutral industry to energy solutions for farming and the urban area. Moreover, because of Brainport’s strong mobility sector: smart and green mobility are subjects we excel at.


Over fifty percent of the Dutch automotive industry is situated in Brainport Eindhoven. Smart (i.e. cooperative and autonomous) and green mobility have our main focus. Research into disruption in the automotive industry by consultancy bureau Roland Berger (automotive disruptor study) turns out that we are number one when it comes to research into and development of electric charging networks and investments in autonomous driving.

The Netherlands is a frontrunner in developing technologies that will define the traffic networks and systems of the coming decades. Brainport Eindhoven is the centre of gravity of the Dutch automotive industry.

Ideal for developing, testing, implementing smart mobility

Our highly advanced infrastructure, dense traffic network, real-time traffic management and high 4G penetration rate make us ideally suited for developing, testing and implementing smart mobility applications. That is why the world’s first shockwave reduction project (applying car2x communication in ‘normal’ traffic) was introduced on a major public highway equipped with cooperative roadside units. Moreover, several city’s traffic lights are equipped with communication technology (4G and DSRC) to give personalized advice to improve traffic flow. And last but not least we are frontrunner in Truck platooning

Ideal for developing, testing, implementing electric mobility

The Netherlands is in poll position when it comes to implementing autonomous and electric driving according to consultancy bureau Roland Berger that compared eleven countries (i.a. USA, China and Germany). When it comes to infrastructure, regulations and drivers’ interest we rank number one. This position can be mainly subscribed to the fact that the Netherlands is not a classic car manufacturing country and therefore does not feel the need to defend existing structures and industry. This leads to an atmosphere of independent and open innovation in which all kinds of systems can be tested.

Printing and additive manufacturing

From the world of printing, we are gradually moving towards a printed world. Companies like Oce, Fujiseal & SPG prints laid a strong foundation for a thriving printing industry in the Netherlands.

Because of our expertise in advanced manufacturing, semiconductors and building high tech machines the Netherlands also has a considerable number of leading companies in the field of additive manufacturing and printed and flexible electronics. Most of these companies are situated in Brainport Eindhoven. Companies like Shapeways, Additive Industries, and Ultimaker are responsible for the fact that the Dutch 3D printing market was worth about 100 million euros in 2016: it doubled within a year. ABN AMRO and consultancy agency Berenschot estimate that the turnover will increase to 120 million euros in 2017.

Brainport Eindhoven will shape the printed world of tomorrow

Brainport Eindhoven is famous for applying its mechatronics competences in building machines with nanometre precision and high speeds for especially high mix, low volume, high complexity. We have a proven track-record for future market-demands like cost-efficient mass customization.

In order to stay ahead in manufacturing our industry together with TNO and Eindhoven University of Technology heavily invest in and collaborate on building the next generation of industrial Additive Manufacturing production systems.

In Brainport Eindhoven there are multiple partnerships and innovation programs in 3D-printing. They mostly take place at the Brainport Industries Campus which is tailored for advanced manufacturing.

Because of the combination of Brainport’s strong legacy in 2d printing and semiconductors, and the current breakthroughs we have in printed and flexible electronics we are confident we will shape the printed world of tomorrow.

Food tech

The Netherlands is small in size but great in output when it comes to food. We are the world’s second AgriFood country -right after the US- and a gateway to Europe.

In the Netherlands technology and science are used to push agricultural boundaries. With a mix of world-class research institutes for food innovation, medical universities and numerous public-private partnerships between science, industry and government we have the 2nd highest private R&D investment in AgriFood in Europe.

Brainport = Food-tech

The food sector in Brainport Eindhoven is particularly known for its high tech character caused by the region’s unique high-tech ecosystem and enormous innovation power. Food in Brainport Eindhoven automatically implies Food-Tech.

Twenty-three percent of Dutch Agro & Food R&D takes place in this region. Our strength lies in applying existing technologies used in Brainport’s strong high tech industry to the food sector in new innovative ways in an open innovation setting. Our focus in particular is on food processing and packaging technology. Competences that you do not find anywhere else in the world.

Fertile soil for food innovation

With large amounts of innovative SMEs that are suppliers of world’s largest consumer brands like Coca-Cola, Nestlé and Mars, numerous pilot facilities, outstanding knowledge institutes and support of the international expertise centre Food Tech Brainport, has all the ingredients needed to house innovative food companies, machine builders and service providers.

Health tech

The Netherlands is home to a wide range of highly innovative life sciences and health companies and research organizations.

Top-of-the-bill research institutes -among which are 12 research universities and 82 hospitals- and a number of public-private partnerships between science, industry and government yearly invest some €2 billion in R&D. The Netherlands is the 2nd country in Europe for export and import of medical devices and holds the 8th position worldwide when it comes to patent applications in the field of life sciences and health.

Renown brands like GE, Medtronic, Siemens, Abbott, Philips, Johnson & Johnson mark the Dutch life sciences and health landscape.

Highly innovative med-tech cluster

Brainport Eindhoven is known for its strong cluster in medical technology for which Philips once laid the basis. Nowadays the region houses a number of large companies, state-of-the-art knowledge institutes, highly innovative SME’s, promising start-ups, med-tech suppliers and contract manufacturers.

Moreover, Philips has a large Healthcare Campus in the region and a high amount of fundamental and applied research is done in the field of medical technologies.

What characterizes Brainport Eindhoven’s med-tech field is co-creation by companies and knowledge institutes and cross-pollination from other sectors because of the region’s unique high tech profile.

Moreover, Brainport Eindhoven excels at combining the expertise of clinicians, academics, and (biomedical) engineers and developing from the perspective of and with end-users.

Integrated photonics

Demand for bandwidth is enormous. Each device that is connected to the web needs access to a data centre.

In addition, the amount of energy needed for these kinds of volumes is huge. Existing semiconductor technology is unable to keep up with this, integrated photonics offers a solution.

Disruptive next generation chips that are turned into business

Much higher data speed, much more energy sufficient

Photonic chips can reach a much higher data speed and are much more energy efficient. The European Commission recognized Photonics as one of six Key Enabling Technologies that provide the basis for innovation within the European Union. This fast evolving technology can be used in a wide range of applications and technologies in various markets like health, AgroFood, mobility, aerospace, energy, safety and telecom and therefore has a multi-billion market potential.

Brainport Eindhoven- a track-record in building next-generation chips

Brainport Eindhoven is the frontrunner in integrated photonics with a significant advantage over other countries in the world. Our knowledge base is very sound as Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has been doing research into photonics for over two decades now. TU/e has managed to dramatically cut chip development costs and has turned its research into business. Numerous TU/e spinoffs (Effect and Smart Photonics) have accelerated time to market.

A complete ecosystem for next-generation chips

We believe that optical chips await a similar future as microelectronics. A field in which Brainport Eindhoven is key-player. Brainport companies like ASML, BESI, ASMI, and NXP have built a complete industry for next-generation chips. It is becoming market-ready at a quick pace, and Brainport Eindhoven is where it happens.

Long-term commitment and collaboration with the Photon Delta Ecosystem

Brainport Eindhoven is an important worldwide hub for integrated photonics. It is mainly embodied by The Photon Delta ecosystem, which is the sum of high-tech companies, knowledge institutions and authorities in Brainport that have joined forces to gain a leading position in the development and commercialization of photonics. It provides a European end-to-end ecosystem of 150 companies with experience that varies from design, production and packaging to assembly and integration.