Dutch industry is among the most successful in the world. Our industry, its suppliers and related IT and other services account for a substantial part of our exports (80%) and create high-quality employment. Innovation is essential in order to maintain that position and to address societal challenges and continue to develop our society. TNO sees it as its role to contribute to innovation in industry by continuing to develop and deploy key technologies. These technologies will be key building blocks in achieving our objectives in relation to challenges like climate and energy.
Industry represents an essential link in the search for solutions to the major societal challenges that we face. We aim to help by using our specialist knowledge in the following focus areas:
Smart Industry stands for far-reaching digitisation, creating links between products, machines and people, and using new production technology. By enabling communication between smarter machines, robots and other parts of the production process, industry can function even more efficiently. Optimisation occurs not only within companies, but also between different companies in the value chain. TNO is encouraging the development of new initiatives by setting up regional field labs where companies, educational institutions and knowledge institutions work together to achieve the objectives of Smart Industry. It is only by building such alliances that we can provide global solutions to global challenges.
Together with companies and knowledge partners, we are building regional ecosystems. We are creating strong public-private partnerships based on platform technology, using cutting-edge shared facilities. By working together, we can develop more knowledge and ensure that what we create can be deployed more quickly.
The chemical industry has the potential to contribute enormously to the reduction of Dutch CO₂ emissions, and to the sustainability of our society as a whole. TNO is focusing on a number of innovation and implementation programmes, using a smart mix of technologies, designed along three complementary thematic lines which all contribute to the sustainability of processes and products in the sector itself, and the applications for which those products are used:
These programmes focus on the further development and implementation of emerging technologies such as electrochemical conversion, the use of bio-based materials and the application of nanomaterials in coatings and films. Our focus is not limited to the large multinationals, however, but also includes innovative pioneers in the chemicals sector, including many SMEs. And we also actively seek out cooperation with companies from other sectors and within regional ecosystems. Together, they make up the value chains of the future.
As a supplier of smart new materials and raw materials, the chemical industry also makes a substantial contribution to CO₂ reduction in other sectors, such as agri-food, transport and mobility, high-tech industry, and the construction and energy sectors.