Broadening the scope
The digital transformation of our manufacturing industry has effectively been boosted since 2017 by SMITZH. This is a regional hub with about 20 partners, coordinated by InnovationQuarter. SMITZH is actively supported by the Province of Zuid-Holland and has broad support from the public and private sectors as well as the relevant industry bodies. SMITZH has been highly successful in helping front runners and early adopter SMEs in the manufacturing industry with their digital transformation challenges across a wide range of topics.
Still, many more companies are struggling with the uptake of advanced digital technologies. Supported by both regional and national government and in collaboration with our network partners across industries, we currently prepare for the expansion of the scope of SMITZH to (gradually) include all industries in Zuid-Holland and to support them in all their digital transformation challenges.
The Zuid-Holland region produces a quarter of the Dutch GDP through the work of about 200,000 companies (not including self-employed people). We are host to the Port of Rotterdam, the largest greenhouse cluster, a space industry around ESA-ESTEC and many other strongly developed industries such as manufacturing, chemical, logistics and life sciences. You can learn more about our region here.