Opening High Tech Factory on 16 May 2013

On Thursday the 16th of May 2013 High Tech Factory officially opened her doors. This opening ceremony marked the start of the production facility High Tech Factory.  Now that the former laboratory complex on the University of Twente campus has undergone a complete transformation, companies established in High Tech Factory have almost 5,000 square metres of cleanroom, laboratories and office space at their disposal.
The state-of-the-art production facility was realized in two phases. The first companies engaged in microsystems and nanotechnology were established here at the end of 2010. In October 2012 the extension that also includes the new central entrance hall became occupied by the new users Micronit, Delta Mask, SmartTip and U-Needle.
During the event all the resident companies demonstrated their skills. Special guest was Wiebe Draijer, former chairman of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER). He delivered the University of Twente’s Innovation Lecture that year. Also on the programme was the presentation of the Van den Kroonenberg Prize (for young entrepreneurship) and the Marina van Damme Grant (for female Alumni of the University of Twente).

High Tech Factory’s unique production facility can always count on a great deal of interest. For instance, Henk Kamp, Minister of Economic Affairs, visited the facility and also Hans Biesheuvel, former chairman of the Royal Association MKB-Nederland, was a guest here. After a discussion with several entrepreneurs he said that the visit had been “impressive and inspirational”.

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