TNO Industry realises ground-breaking technological and systemic innovations in high-tech industrial value chains in order to safeguard societal well-being and the competitive position of our partners. It is our ambition that the Dutch high-tech industry will be leading in new and existing markets by 2030, powered by ground-breaking technologies from TNO. We believe that the solution for the problems facing humanity today will to a large extent rely on new technologies, that enable new materials, products, processes and services. Within the Unit Industry, building on many years of experience, we focus on key enabling technologies in the areas of photonics, mechatronics, nanotechnology, quantum technology, systems engineering, printed and thin film electronics, and materials science. We bring them to the point where these technologies and solutions can be implemented industrially.

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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:

  • Nanofabrication for patterning and metrology, for example in the semiconductor sector
  • Satellite instrumentation for earth observation and astronomy
  • Precision instrumentation for scientific applications
  • Thin-film electronics for a wide range of applications, from medical sensor systems to automotive applications in dashboards
  • 3D printing processes for new applications, focusing on scaling up printing technology in serial production
  • Quantum computers and quantum communication to strengthen computing power and secure communication flows.


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.

TNO Unit Industry has the ambition that the Dutch high-tech industry will be leading in new and existing markets by 2030, powered by ground-breaking technologies from TNO.


Arnaud de Jong MSc