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“We don’t distinguish ourselves by software alone”

According to Guustaaf Savenije of VDL ETG, the largest tier-1 high tech supplier and hardware company in the Netherlands, software is just one of the disciplines – no more, no less.

Headlines

Dawn Aerospace validates B20 Thrusters in space
Imec.istart balloons to ‎€30M as maximum investment doubles
Layoffs at Ampleon during surge of RF activities in Nijmegen
Easics eyes expansion and elects a new CEO
NXP raises 2 billion for green projects
Microsure shores its coffers with €2.7M in new investment
Intel: Benelux fab an option

Reparations

Dutch Finance Secretary Wopke Hoekstra proposes to set up an investment fund for scientific and technology research. Experience has shown, though, that such a fund isn’t necessarily safe from politicians’ grabby hands.

In other news

AI chip market to more than double in 5 years (EE Times)
Door blows out during ground test on Boeing 777X (Seattle Times)
Flying taxi start-up Volocopter raises $55 million (The Verge)

R&D and growth: it’s complicated

Having been on both sides of research and development for all of my professional life, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’m a strong believer in societal progress being driven forward by R&D.