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Brainport Development - High Tech Software cluster

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 1 October, 2014
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Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Information Technology and Analytical Instruments
Production Technology and Heavy Machinery
Technology fields: 
Information processing & Systems, Workflow
Manufacturing plants networks
S3 EU priority areas: 
Advanced manufacturing systems
Computer, electronic & optical products
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Environmental Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
high tech software
Composition of the cluster
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Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Eindhoven University of Technology
Cluster Strategy


The High Tech Software Cluster takes care of recognizability and visibility of her member companies nationally and abroad, and offers a platform on which new products & services that meet the conditions of the present and future markets (from manufacturing to Smart Industry 4.0) are very rapidly and innovatively developed. These new products and services create value for companies that are active within the HTSM sector (High Tech Systems & Materials) and contribute to strengthening competition and innovation power of her customers.


Together the members have defined four important themes of which the developments around the Industry 4.0 and the questions this raises are key. What do we need to be well prepared for the ‘networked future’? The companies in the cluster provide the possibilities and solutions together.

The four current topics for the cluster are:

  • Visibility
  • Collaboration & technology
  • Internationalization
  • Labor market
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Support services provided: 
Access to the European Internal market
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Support of knowledge transfer
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
United States
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Promotional Activities
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
It's OWL (Europe-Germany-Nordrhein Westfalen)
IDHK (Europe-Germany-Bayern)
House of IT Hessen (Europe-Germany-Hessen)
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)

High Tech Innovation Programme (Fabriek van de Toekomst), 2017-2020, province of North-Brabant (the Netherlands)

Success Story / Achievements: 

One of the examples of collaboration between members (as a result of the cluster initiative) is the Joint Venture of three companies (Cordis Automation, Festa Solutions, Unit 040) called Softwareport. Within this collaboration the companies combine digital and virtual prototyping, model based software engineering and data analytics to one intgerated value chain. It offers a platform neutral solution for the manufacturing industry: http://softwareport.eu

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

The strength of Dutch industry lies in high tech companies collaborating together in developing complex and knowledge intensive products for niche markets. Technological innovations as output of this collaboration will be the solution for societal challenges. As such, these challenges are future proof growth markets for disruptive, high tech companies. Software plays a dominant role in these innovative developments.


The Brainport region is home to some of the most sophisticated software in the world. Here we have the knowledge, the skills and the competences for world class engineering of secure, robust software for Smart Systems. This has grown historically because Brainport region is home to high tech companies like Philips, ASML, FEI, DAF, NXP.  And that’s why we have grown towards Industrie4.0 and a connected world with systems of systems. But, these Smart Systems and the future products become more and more complicated. One single company, even the big OEM’ers, can not engineer this all by themselves. We have to cooperate and collaborate with partners in the value chain. That's why the software companies in Brainport joined forces in the High Tech Software cluster.  Together, our cluster enables rapid innovation in software development, which will improve the time-to-market and the time-to-value for the high tech companies all around the world. With twice the speed and with 25% lower total cost of ownership. In the Netherlands we work closely together with other clusters like the Brainport Industries cluster and the Dutch Industrie4.0 movement called Smart Industry.


Why us?

Most manufacturing countries need research and innovation to remain at the forefront of worldwide competition. They are the key to growth and progress of the nation. We share the same ideas about Industrie4.0 and think alike about the need for high quality. Looking for complementary we focus on production knowledge, manufacturing companies and software development needs. Especially clustermanagers have the opportunity and the knowledge (database) to find the right match and create a long term coöperation between our regions. I would like to invite you to connect and investigate how we both can profit from each others expertise, market access or matchmaking of client base. I know that my companies are eager to show their expertise and see if we can schedule some innovative projects together.