Opening Fraunhofer Project Center

On behalf of Fraunhofer, University of Twente and Saxion, we would like to invite you to the official opening ceremony of the new cooperative research unit "Fraunhofer Project Center for Design and Production Engineering for Complex High-Tech Systems at the University of Twente" (FPC@UT).


Monday 23 January 2017
Registration and welcome with coffee and sandwiches: 12.00h
Program: 12.30h - 16.00h

Location: Waaier building, campus University of Twente

  • Word of welcome
    Kees Eijkel; Director Strategic Business Development University of Twente  
  • Introduction by Fraunhofer 
    Fritz Klocke; Executive Director Fraunhofer IPT
  • Word of welcome to Fraunhofer Project Center
    Ank Bijleveld-Schouten; Commissioner of the King Province of Overijssel
  • Moderated talk
    Hosted by Meindert Schut (presenter BNR Newsradio), with:
    - Victor van der Chijs; President Executive Board University of Twente 
    - Wim Boomkamp; President Executive Board Saxion 
    - Thomas Dickert; Head of Department International Business Development Fraunhofer Gesellschaft
    - Fritz Klocke; Executive Director Fraunhofer IPT 
    - Eddy van Hijum; Member Executive Council Province of Overijssel
  • Opening act and speech
    Henk Kamp; Minister of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands 
  • FPC@UT introduction
    Fred van Houten; Managing director FPC@UT  
  • Industry perspective
    Jan Post; Head Strategic Partnerships Philips Health Tech Drachten & roadmap owner Smart Industry
  • Opportunities for industry
    Maurice Herben; Managing director FPC@UT  

    Reception (starting app. 14.45h)

There will be plenty of time to interact with representatives from local and regional authorities, national governments, potential business partners and members of the research community.

About the Fraunhofer Project Center at the University of Twente

Our rapidly changing world provides both crucial challenges and opportunities for companies. The Fraunhofer Project Center for Design and Production Engineering for Complex High-Tech Systems (FPC@UT) is a newly established research unit within the University of Twente, in cooperation with Fraunhofer and Saxion. The center comes up with solutions to get fit for smart industry. By transporting scientific knowledge into useful innovations, the FPC@UT will help to cement both Germany and the Netherlands as lead providers of science- and technology-based solutions in today’s most vital fields.

Industry's challenges

The FPC@UT serves high-tech industry by pushing smart product and smart production technologies. It addresses industry’s challenges and technology needs through joint R&D projects. The center provides access to state-of-the-art technologies, development of technology and applied solutions. To set the center’s agenda, the three partners Fraunhofer, University of Twente and Saxion University of Applied Sciences would like to team up with you to form a strong network.

The Fraunhofer Project Center has been established with financial support of the Province of Overijssel.


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