#05 - 10 Reasons to Invest in Brainport Eindhoven
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Tech is in our DNA
From the first Philips light bulb factory in 1897 to world-class spin-offs today, Brainport is one of the most innovative regions in the world offering key technologies for economic growth in the future.
History has shaped Brainport and its inventiveness
In 1897, the Philips brothers opened a light bulb factory in Eindhoven. During the 20th century, Philips grew into a leading multinational company in lighting, electronics and medical devices. As it grew, Philips helped shape the city, as we know it today. The roots of many of today’s leading regional companies and educational facilities trace back to Philips.
Our technology signature is future proof
To be able to develop and create the products and services of the future, we need to recalibrate and industry needs to be restructured. Through our uniquely broad technology portfolio, Brainport is well equipped and positioned for these developments. Four of the six key technologies for economic growth, as identified by the EU, already have a strong presence here. Nano-electronics, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing systems and photonics are all key fields. Ultimately, vital ingredients such as materials research, system knowledge and user information form the basis for strong companies in Brainport. Cutting edge technology is being developed through intensive collaboration between all the players, which is creating new start-ups and spinoffs.
The most inventive region
Over 20.000 researchers are working on cutting edge technologies in the Brainport Eindhoven Region, making this one of the most inventive regions in the world. Due to strong investments in R&D, we register the most patents by far in Europe, doubling innovation strongholds Munich and Stockholm. According to the OECD, Brainport registers the most patents in the world, with 22,6 patents per 10.000 inhabitants each year, way more than the runner-up San Diego with 8,9 patents per 10.000 inhabitants.
Technological backbone of Europe
The Brainport Eindhoven Region dominates the private Research & Development expenditure in the Netherlands, accounting for 2.5 billion euros annually. Around 8 percent of the Gross Regional Product is spent on R&D, making the region a crucial part of the technological backbone of Europe.
Technologies of the Future
R&D allows us to develop the exponential technologies of the future. 20.000 researchers in this field help make the Brainport Eindhoven Region a world player in areas such as lithography, photonics, internet of things, semiconductors, optics, precise manufacturing, embedded systems, additive manufacturing (3D printing), nanotechnology, wearable electronics, thin film solar, medical instruments and food processing.