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High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM)

The sector High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM) offers modern, innovative new solutions to technological challenges. The sector consists of a well-functioning ecosystem of specialised companies and knowledge institutions. Their strong links lead to high concentrations of tech companies in areas with technical universities.

These include Wageningen, Delft and the Twente region, with Eindhoven ranking as 3rd highest cluster in the first Global Innovation Index (GII) intensity of Science and Technology ranking.

Pioneering new solutions

The Dutch have long been recognised as technology innovators. They invented the microscope, the Variomatic gearbox, Bluetooth and wi-fi. Today, the Netherlands continues to pioneer new technology. With our international partners, we help solve global climate, health, sustainability, security and mobility challenges.


City of justice The Hague, for example, has become an AI headquarters. It hosts the Centre for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute. And it is also home to the Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) is collaborating to develop 5G technology with chipmaker NXP and telecom giant KPN.


Applications of HTSM can be found in all innovative industries. They produce new chips for manufacturers, allow for the creation of electric cars, and enable the use of lasers in agriculture.

New solutions and innovations

The Dutch HTSM sector excels in technologies such as:

  • robotics
  • quantum technology
  • 3D printing
  • automotive-tech
  • high-tech manufacturing
  • aerospace technology
  • semiconductor technology
  • photonics
  • nanotechnology

The sector consists of more than 1,700 firms, from large manufacturers to smaller technology start-ups. It combines Dutch pragmatism and collaboration with an elaborate business infrastructure. Major multinationals opt to invest in this sector. Together with a highly skilled workforce and government support, this creates a climate in which the HTSM sector can continue to grow and develop.


See the High Tech Systems and Materials sector website to find out more.