News
31 March

Merger of European T&M providers powers Electro Rent’s global ambition

Recently, it was announced that three European electronics test and measurement (T&M) equipment companies were joining forces. Now that Electro Rent Europe, Microlease and Livingston have consolidated, what impact will it have on Benelux customers?

News
31 March

Corona crisis sparks Flemish fever scanner demand

As the corona crisis develops, Belgian Avalasia is being flooded with orders for its fever scanner. The camera, combined with heat vision, can measure the body temperature of individuals within large crowds. Originally marketing it as military equipment, the company couldn’t have predicted the sudden demand.

Opinion
26 March

Focus on outcomes for cross-functional teams

With the vast majority of white-collar staff in companies currently working from home, the normal ways of managing people are disrupted quite fundamentally. Working closely with people in such a way that you can tell them what to do is much more difficult when you’re not physically in the same place.

Background

Background
24 March

NLR takes the controls to bring propeller noise down

As the number of aircraft continues to increase, noise is becoming a headache. As part of a public-private collaboration known as the Taste project, aviation propeller manufacturer Dowty is turning to NLR and its in-house developed technologies to precisely measure, and ultimately mitigate the noise at the source.

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News & Analysis

News
20 March

The Corona Chronicles: it’s not all bad news (part 1)

The high-tech industry is bracing itself for the impact of the corona pandemic. Supply chains will be disrupted, demand for end-products will fall, business will suffer. But it’s not all bad news. To keep everyone’s spirits up, Bits&Chips periodically publishes the Corona Chronicles, detailing uplifting worldwide developments and prospects that might otherwise not have survived our selection process.

Interview

Interview
3 March

90 years of sensing and control – and now machine learning

Driven by the needs of society, Omron has spent nearly 90 years developing innovative technologies to enhance people’s daily lives. According to the company’s European R&D manager Tim Foreman, this takes a commitment to keeping employees challenged and motivated by helping them enhance their skillsets with training.

Background

Background
5 March

Software savvy in the digital era

As the electronics industry evolves into the new digital era, companies are working harder than ever to manage complexity and get to market faster. But with shortening product lifecycles, how do you stay at the leading edge? For Siemens, it’s about harnessing this complexity for a competitive advantage.

Interview
3 February

Building a foundation for the Dutch high-tech ecosystem

Despite competition from China and the US, the Netherlands continues to play a major role in the world of high tech. Patrick Strating of NTS believes it starts with high-tech companies that have close ties to top-notch technical universities and continues with ambitious workers that thrive on life-long learning through training.

Interview
19 November 2019

If you already know everything, how will you ever learn something new?

In the midst of a tight Dutch labor market, companies are working harder than ever to keep and attract new talent. Thermo Fisher software manager Reinier Perquin believes that providing his employees with training opportunities not only helps bring in new personnel, but it also keeps his people fresh.

Opinion
23 March

Why you don’t define desired outcome

During multiple meetings this week (online, obviously), the same challenge came up: companies and their customers are extremely poor at precisely defining what the desired outcome is that they’re looking to accomplish. At first blush, every person that I meet claims to know exactly what he or she is looking to achieve, but when push comes to shove and the individual is asked to define this more precisely, the lack of specificity rapidly starts to become apparent.

Editorial
17 March

Technology alone won’t save us

Technology isn’t the silver bullet to combat global warming, argues Paul van Gerven. Our never-ending faith in it has actually made things worse.