Innovationcluster Drachten High Tech Systems

A unique high-tech ecosystem in the Northern Netherlands

Innovatiecluster Drachten (ICD) is an internationally active ecosystem of 15 collaborating high-tech companies and knowledge institutes operating at the forefront of innovation and competitive on the global market. 

Working in ICD means contributing to solutions for the future. We call these challenges the Big 5 of High Tech: 3D metal printing; Remote sensoring and big data; Robotics; Visual intelligence and All-electric propulsion. Over 3,500 motivated professionals - from university graduates to production employees - opted for a career in high-tech industry at one of our companies. They enjoy the challenge of using each other’s knowledge to develop high-end and unique products and to manufacture these products. This is only possible because mutual competition gave way to mutual support and mutual reinforcement. 

This collaboration results in more than 50 new product introductions a year worldwide that save people’s lives, render the control of complex systems easy, adjust products to the individual needs and wishes of consumers, and make data needed for further improvement of food quality accessible.

Together the ICD companies are the heart of the smart factory region in Northwestern Europe.

Remote sensoring en big dataRemote sensoring en big data
3D metal printing3D metal printing
RoboticsRobotics
Visual intelligenceVisual intelligence
All electric propulsionAll electric propulsion
17 Companies
3500 Employees
21 Jobs
50 Productinnovaties

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