Brainport

Is a leading technology region in Europe. Located in the Southeast Netherlands, with Eindhoven at its heart, this top technology region of world standing creates solutions for the societal challenges of tomorrow

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Brainport monitor 2016

Brainport success continues

Overall picture

The Brainport Monitor shows that the economy continued to grow in 2015 and that the employment market was reviving: Brainport remains strong and successful! For the ninth successive year, the Brainport Monitor (2016) shows the economic and innovative strength of the Brainport Eindhoven Region.

The Brainport Monitor shows that the economy continued to grow in 2015 and that the employment market was reviving: Brainport remains strong and successful! For the ninth successive year, the Brainport Monitor (2016) shows the economic and innovative strength of the Brainport Eindhoven Region.

The Brainport Monitor shows that the economy continued to grow in 2015 and that the employment market was reviving: Brainport remains strong and successful! For the ninth successive year, the Brainport Monitor (2016) shows the economic and innovative strength of the Brainport Eindhoven Region.

Companies are increasingly earning more from abroad. The total export of goods from Brainport amounted to nearly €23 bn. in 2015. This represents growth of 4.7% on 2014, while the average export of goods of the Netherlands fell slightly by 0.2%.

Apart from being an interesting place for companies to relocate, the region is also an attractive place for people to live. In 2015 again more people from the within and outside the Netherlands came to live in the region than left. The region has seen increasing diversity and dynamic growth. Four out of five of the Brainport residents also work in this region, which is very high compared with other regions in the Netherlands.

The Brainport Monitor presents a very positive picture for the employment market. Employment fell for the first time since 2011 and 1,400 new jobs have been created. In relative terms, that is more than the national figure, which is remarkable given the concern about employment last year.

The Brainport Monitor shows that the ageing population in the region is a concern. The proportion of people aged 65 or older has increased in the past decade to 18.5%, higher than the average increase in the Netherlands (to 17.8%).

The Brainport Monitor depends heavily on the availability of figures a level. No recent regional figures of a structural nature exist as of yet for a large number of indicators. This is especially the case for the enabler Basics, for amenities, culture and living climate. Also for Business the figures are not always clear, such as those for the number of starting companies. This is attributable not only to the quality of the figures but also to the various definitions used by different parties.

Economic growth

At 3.0% regional economic growth was higher than the national figure (2.0%) and it also represented an improvement on the previous year; in 2014 growth was 2.2%. Which makes Brainport one of the fastest growing regions in the Netherlands.

Labour productivity

Labour productivity in the region is €105,400, which is higher than the national average of €103,300. Since 2013 labour productivity has been on the rise again in Brainport and increased by 3.3% in 2015, above the Dutch average of 2.3%. The labour productivity in the industry in Brainport is higher than the average in the Netherlands; €133,800 against €103,300.

Jobs

For the first time in three years the number of jobs rose. In 2015 there were 399,900 jobs in Brainport, 1,400 more than in 2014 (+0.3%). A striking feature of this is that job growth in recent years is evident among one-man businesses and the biggest companies. The biggest job increases can be seen at companies in the leading sectors: Creative Industries (+4.2%) and HTSM (+1.8%).

Rapidly growing companies

In 2015 the number of rapidly companies as a % of all companies rose from 9.0% to 9.3%, this share being higher than the Dutch average (7.8%). Rapidly growing companies bring innovation, dynamic growth and jobs into the economy, stimulate competitors and challenge them to innovate.

Migration

The region is an attractive place to move to, with domestic migration increasing for the last four years. In 2014 some 1,300 more people came to the region to live than those that left. A striking difference is that in 2014 significantly fewer people chose to live in Eindhoven preferring to move to surrounding municipalities.

Unemployment

For the first time since 2011 unemployment fell, both regionally and nationally. In 2015 a total (average) of 27,000 were unemployed in the region, mainly those of an intermediate and low educational level. Unemployment in Brainport has been below the Dutch average for some years.

Labour force

The age structure of the workforce reveals an ageing population. The proportion of 45 to 75 year-olds has risen by 8.5% in ten years, 1% of which was between 2013 and 2015. The older proportion of the labour force in the region is certainly below the national average.

Students opting for technology

The number of secondary school pupils opting for a technology subject profile at school is growing and the figure is currently 5,500 pupils in the region. Recent years reveal a trend of more girls choosing technical subjects, with 50.5% of secondary school girls choosing a technology profile in 2014 in Brainport.

Patents

The top 7 European patent applications in the Netherlands includes 3 from companies that are Brainport based. They are account for 84.2% and 40.1% of all patents from Noord-Brabant and the Netherlands respectively. With a third of all patent applications, Philips is still the leader by far in the Netherlands when it comes to European patent applications.

R&D

In the list of the top R&D companies in the Netherlands there are five companies from Brainport, good for 61.5% of all the R&D spending of the companies on the list. While total spending of the top 25 companies fell, the total R&D spending of Brainport companies rose.

Foreign nationalities

The number of non-Dutch nationals in the region in 2015 increased by 5.7% to 41,500, which is indicative of the international character of the region and its diversity. In the past ten years the regional number of non-Dutch nationals has rise twice as much as the national figure. The numbers coming from Asia to Brainport have increased while those from Africa or Oceania have decreased.

Export

The regional export of goods rose in 2015 by 4.7% to some €22.9 bn. On average exports fell in the Netherlands by 0.2%. Industry is responsible for nearly 70% of regional exports. Regional export of industrial goods has increased with 6.9%, and also nationally this sector has shown growth (+3.1%).

Accessibility

With 59,500 people travelling by train each day, Eindhoven Central Station was the country’s 7th station in terms of numbers of travellers in 2014 and 84,300 people travelled by train from one of the 11 stations in Brainport. This is a fall of 1.3% compared with 2013 while the total number of rail travellers in the Netherlands rose by 0.7%.

Commute

Most Brainport residents also work in this region (81.5%), which is high compared with other regions. Only in South Limburg, Twente and Zeeuws-Vlaanderen do more people work in the region in which they live. The type of regions in the top 10 is remarkable since these include both regions on the periphery of the country as well as conurbations, despite the considerable differences in accessibility and availability of public transport.

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Reports

  • The Netherlands climbs 3 places and is back in the top 5 knowledge economies worldwide
    Global Competitiveness Index – World Economic Forum
  • Startup Delta strong through international orientation, lifestyle and infrastructure, but lacks capital
    The Global Startup Ecosystem Report – Compass
  • R&D spending increases in Asia, and reduces in Europe & North America
    Global Innovation 1000: Innovation ́s New World Order – Strategy&
  • Fall in government support for R&D of 7,6% from 2103 - 2019
    Total investments in Science and Innovation 2013-2019 – Rathenau
  • Brainport acts as an engine for the national economy
    Regiovisie Krachtige groei in Zuidoost-Brabant - ING
  • Eindhoven is the 5th most attractive city in the Netherlands for international investors
    Attractiveness survey – Ernst & Young
  • The Netherlands falls short in educating senior citizens
    Human Capital Report – World Economic Forum

Brainport Next Generation

The revised Brainport Next Generation strategy focuses on strengthening different domains, our enablers, enriched with societal challenges, our drivers, for economic growth. The future economic success of this can be translated into PARTICIPATE, COMPETE and EARN.