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Implementation Agenda Smart Industry 2018-2021


The world is in anticipation of a fourth industrial revolution. This revolution is driven by giant leaps in ICT innovation and promises to radically alter the face of industry in the coming decades. Automated production systems using advanced robotics increasingly communicate with each other on detailed aspects of production, joining up hitherto fragmented manufacturing processes. By linking all steps in the value chain, a world of possibilities opens for companies, old and new.

TNO, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, VNO-NCW and the Chambers of Commerce and FME have taken the initiative to make a report on the meaning of Smart Industry for companies, knowledge institutions, and government in the Netherlands.

The Dutch ambition is to join the frontrunners and gain a strong position within that group. The Dutch industry has every chance to succeed in this challenge and further action to support this will be aligned with top sector policy. The Dutch business community – large and small – holds all the keys to engage with this promising development and to join forces with the frontrunners. The Netherlands has a strong tradition of collaboration in networks and clusters. Add to this world class ICT infrastructure and 93% internet penetration in households and it becomes evident that the Netherlands are poised to play a leading role in Smart Industry.

The approach is in November 2014 formalised in an Action Agenda, which was renewed in 2018 with the Implementation Agenda. The aim is to make the industry more competitive through faster and better utilisation of the opportunities ICT has to offer. And we do that not only for the business community itself. A strong and innovative industry provides growth and jobs. That is the higher goal. The team proposes the following approach for this.

  1. Capitalising on existing knowledge
  2. Accelerating in Field Labs
  3. Strengthening the foundation


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