Precision Fair – the catalyst of the high-tech industry 16 November 2023

Taking place from 15th – 16th November, at Brabanthallen in the Netherlands, the 22nd edition of Precision Fair will unite the entire value chain of precision technology to meet and share knowledge about the latest developments in the industry. 

The high-tech sector is a key pillar of the Dutch economy and that is not without reason – this sector is representative of about 50% of all R&D investments in the Netherlands. Therefore, at the Precision Fair, industry leaders, training institutes, government agencies, technical universities and incubator programs meet annually to work on the future together. “New connections are made and numerous established relationships are fostered,” states Bart Kooijmans, program manager at Precision Fair. 

More than 325 companies will be exhibiting this year, specialising in fine mechanics, photonics, and nanotechnology, among other fields. Alongside the exhibitors, industry associations will also be found on the expo floor, with DSPE, Euspen, VDMA, ILO-net, Minacned, the Dutch Vacuum Association (NEVAC) and The Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers (KIVI) present, among others. 

Additionally, a comprehensive program has been set up for visitors of the show, with Keynote Speaker Marc Hendrikse, the figurehead of
High-Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM), highlighting the importance of the sector. A Young Talent program has also been established with pitches and a demo area, as well as an arena that showcases universities, colleges, start-ups and knowledge institutes. In addition, a live stage will feature panel discussions, pitches and expert sessions. 

Bart is expecting a large turnout this year: “I’m looking forward to the fair and a lot of others are too. Within just a couple of weeks,
three-quarters of the exhibitors had already registered and the rest followed in no time. Every year at the fair, visitors are given the opportunity to gain important knowledge. Moreover, you get to meet potential partners in an easily accessible way – who you can do business in the future, or even with your competitors.” 

He adds: “Because we are now located in the Brabanthallen, we also have plenty of room to welcome new parties. We are not only seeing a growth in the number of exhibitors as a consequence – even more industry associations are present this year and so visitors will have a unique opportunity to represent their company and, for instance, to initiate subsidy projects. Above all, let’s not forget all the networking gatherings – it’s worth coming just for those.”  

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