The world is in anticipation of a fourth industrial revolution. This revolution is driven by giant leaps in ICT innovation and promises to radically alter the face of industry in the coming decades. Automated production systems using advanced robotics increasingly communicate with each other on detailed aspects of production, joining up hitherto fragmented manufacturing processes. By linking all steps in the value chain, a world of possibilities opens for companies, old and new.


TNO, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, VNO-NCW and the Chambers of Commerce and FME have taken the initiative to make a report on the meaning of Smart Industry for companies, knowledge institutions, and government in the Netherlands.


The Dutch ambition is to join the frontrunners and gain a strong position within that group. The Dutch industry has every chance to succeed in this challenge and further action to support this will be aligned with top sector policy. The Dutch business community – large and small – holds all the keys to engage with this promising development and to join forces with the frontrunners. The Netherlands has a strong tradition of collaboration in networks and clusters. Add to this world class ICT infrastructure and 93% internet penetration in households and it becomes evident that the Netherlands are poised to play a leading role in Smart Industry.


The Smart Industry report defines and explains Smart Industry in the Dutch context. Smart Industry should be a cross-cutting theme within the top sector policy in which a broad coalition of companies, knowledge institutions and government should be involved.

Action Agenda

The approach is in November 2014 formalised in an Action Agenda. The Action Agenda is an enhancement of the current top sector policy and the Technology Pact. The aim is to make the industry more competitive through faster and better utilisation of the opportunities ICT has to offer. And we do that not only for the business community itself. A strong and innovative industry provides growth and jobs. That is the higher goal. The team proposes the following approach for this.

What will we do:

  1. Capitalising on existing knowledge
  2. Accelerating in Field Labs
  3. Strengthening the foundation

Smart Industry isthe future. Let us embrace it to strengthen the economic powers of the Netherlands, building a better future.

Download Implementation Agenda 2018

Download Action Agenda

Download Smart Industry report

Download The Dutch Smart Industry action program with fieldlabs

Download Overview Smart Industry Fieldlabs

Download Overview Smart Industry Results

Download A vision for the Dutch Industry fit for the future

Download Smart Industry Action Agenda Standardisation 2016

Download RoboAsia Robots to Strengthen the Dutch Smart Industry