The ecosystem in which the technology and talent of the future come to fruition
Mechatronics Innovation Campus Schiedam (MICS) will be the leading hotspot of the mechatronics industry. Within this ecosystem, companies, visitors, educational institutions and governments work together to realise the technology of the future. Cooperation, knowledge transfer and the ready availability of talent combine to create innovative strength at this 42-hectare Campus development.
Lots of companies in this sector are located in traditional business areas, in anonymous environments lacking opportunities for knowledge transfer. The result of this is a national and international disadvantage. Companies struggle when it comes to finding suitable locations and competent staff, and admit to a lack of cooperation.
Leading companies in the manufacturing industry will be welcomed and embraced by this ecosystem to achieve mutual optimisation and innovation.
MICS meets the ever-fluctuating demands of these companies. This ecosystem will give companies a competitive edge and opens the door to talent through educational institutions, innovation programmes and the creation of a pleasant work environment.
Hardware vs software
MICS is more than just a collection of buildings. The true strength of the campus lies in the processes that will take place within these buildings: the ecosystem.
MICS facilitates meetings and cooperation between companies, educational institutions, the government and visitors. This results in innovation powered by the interplay between hardware (the buildings) and software (the processes).
The ecosystem will create an upward spiral that contributes to the structural success of these companies and people more than any traditional location ever could. MICS is a location with excellent opportunities for the establishment of production companies, R&D facilities and educational institutions. The area has a strong focus on knowledge sharing and innovation, not least because of the knowledge centres within the campus, including a university of applied sciences, university programmes and research institutes.
As a part of the SchieDistrict area development project, MICS will be closely connected to its direct surroundings. MICS has a highly advantageous location near the A20, Schiedam Station and Rotterdam The Hague Airport. The proximity of knowledge institutions and practical education facilities will allow clever minds and craftsmanship to join forces.
Something beautiful is coming to SchieDistrict. ONS tenant SDK Vastgoed (VolkerWessels) has signed a land reservation agreement for the Van Heek area with the Schiedam municipality, and that’s great news! The plans of these enthusiastic, people-oriented and experienced developers show a future that will make our ambition to energise the area a reality.
Metalent opens MTEC+: a practical education centre in Schiedam. This will result in a significant increase in the number of practical vocational training programmes in the area. Metalent is the third knowledge institute in a row to opt for a location in SchieDistrict in Schiedam this school year. In this area, the municipality is cooperating with SDK Vastgoed to develop a mechatronics campus. Recently, Living Lab Schiedam and the Expertisecentrum Precisietechniek (ECP) opened their doors at this location, too. The campus concept will allow SchieDistrict to become an innovative hotspot in the area for mechatronics of every type.
On Wednesday 9 June, the Schiedam municipality and SDK Vastgoed (VolkerWessels) signed a contract for the realisation of the Mechatronics Innovation Campus Schiedam, or MICS. Three weeks after the Municipal Executive gave this development project a green light, the shared ambition was recorded in writing. The agreement was signed by mayor Cor Lamers and directors Ferdinand Gremmen and Niels Langenhuizen on behalf of the SDK Vastgoed area development firm.