Signing MoU Tsinghua University and SRON


A delegation of the Dutch embassy, including Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Paul Menkveld, witnessed the signing of an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) between vice president Prof. Qikun Xue of Tsinghua University and SRON (Netherlands Institute for Space Research) managing director Dr. Remco den Besten. The signing was also witnessed by a delegation from NWO, led by member of the executive board Professor Wim van den Doel, as well as their Chinese counterpart, the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC).

Missing Matter

Tsinghua and SRON will work together with a view to a future Chinese space telescope for studying ‘missing matter’, suspected thin gas in the universe with a temperature of hundreds of millions of degrees. The two renowned institutes will study if detectors that are developed in Europe for a project of the European Space Agency ESA, is suitable for measuring radiation from such hot plasma. In scientific discussions around the signing, already more areas for possible cooperation were identified.


This signing fits in a trend of increased space sciences cooperation between China and the Netherlands. Only three weeks ago, Delft University of Technology signed an MoU with the biggest space sciences university in China, Harbin Institute of Technology, on establishing an International Institute of Space.

For more information, please visit the website of SRON or contact David Bekkers.

2nd SAMA International Forum & 3rd 3D Printing Industry Conference


From 20-22 October 2017, the 2nd SAMA International Forum & the 3rd 3D Printing Industry Conference will take place in Shanghai. This international event will be organised by the Shanghai Additive Manufacturing Association (SAMA), in collaboration with the Holland Innovation Network at the Consulate-General of the Netherlands in Shanghai. SAMA is the first government-backed network in the Chinese Additive Manufacturing sector. The Forum and Conference provide a comprehensive overview of additive manufacturing developments in China, from both academic and industrial perspectives (see tentative list of speakers). Last year’s event saw the attendance of around 800 visitors from different countries.


The 3-day event will kick off on Thursday October 19 with a networking dinner. The following days, experts will present their views on the sector, and organisations may opt to exhibit in a concise exhibition area.

This year, the Holland Innovation Network will co-organize parallel seminar sessions, a matchmaking event and networking drinks on Saturday 21st October. The seminars will focus on the following areas of interest for 3D printing: industrial, materials, medical and aerospace (to be confirmed). The matchmaking event is offered to all Dutch participants and will be valuable for Dutch companies and organisations that want to find relevant counterparts in China.


Please contact us, if you are interested to join this event on 20-22 October, or would like to receive more information.

NB: The 3D Printing Industry Conference will take place the week before the CHInano Conference & Expo 2017 in Suzhou (25-27th October), which focusses on the Nanotech Industry in China. CHInano focuses on 3D printing, digital manufacturing, flexible printed electronics and advanced materials.

  • If you are interested to attend CHInano you could also contact us.
  • Both the 3D Printing Industry Conference and CHInano are also included in the programme of a mission to China with Dutch companies from the province of Brabant, more information can be found here.

The Netherlands for the first time at CES Asia

CES Asia 2017

Overview of the Startup Park

CES  (Consumer Electronics Show) is a global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow that takes place every January in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since 2015 the CES is gaining a foothold in China and this year the CES Asia took place in Shanghai for the third time from June 7 until June 9 2017.

During this three-day event, innovations in the field of consumer electronics were showcased by more than 450 companies from all across the world. This was the first year that the Netherlands was represented at CES Asia. We look back at a very successful edition and in particular the Dutch representation at this fair! For a full impression of the fair, you can watch this video.


Holland Innovation Pavilion & Startup Booths

Dutch startup booths

Together with HighTechXL and XNode, the Holland Innovation Network hosted a Holland Innovation Pavilion at the Startup Park of the CES Asia. HighTechXL, an accelerator for hardware startups, and XNode, a local accelerator and co-working space, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on accelerating corporate innovation during the CSITF in April in Shanghai.

Besides, 5 startups were present in startup booths next to the Holland Innovation Pavilion. In the Startup Park at CES Asia these startups combined forces and collectively position the Netherlands as an innovative, technology-driven and cooperation-minded country.


HighTechXL and XNode at the Holland Innovation Pavilion


On the special occasion of CES Asia, the Holland Innovation Network organised several events. During all three days of the fair, a special presentation stage in the Startup Park was available for the Dutch startups to pitch their ideas, products and services. Special opening remarks were held by Taake Manning, Counsellor for Innovation, Science and Technology at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Beijing.


On the evening of June 6, two Dutch startups (Travis the Translator and LifeSense Group) were given the opportunity to pitch during a networking event organised by StartupGrind Shanghai with special guest Ben Bateman of IndieGogo. “Crowdfunding” was the theme of this evening. Both startups created a successful crowdfunding campaign at IndieGogo and shared experiences, do’s and don’ts and key insights with the audience.

Sino-Dutch networking event


After the first day of CES Asia, in the evening of June 7, the Holland Innovation Network hosted a Sino-Dutch networking event at co-working space XNode. A perfect start for XNode and HighTechXL to kick off their cooperation program on corporate innovation and a good opportunity for the participating startups to expand their network and pitch their ideas.


Join CES Asia next year!

This year was the first time that the Netherlands was represented at CES Asia. The Holland Innovation Network China is highly enthusiastic to attract even more startups to participate next year! Next year’s CES Asia will be held on June 13-15 2018 in Shanghai. For more information see the website of CES or contact Bart van Hezewijk ( of the Holland Innovation Network at the Consulate-General of the Netherlands in Shanghai.


Cooperation between China and Netherlands for Ji’nan metro

Last week, SiCC Co. Ltd and Strukton Rolling Stock B.V. signed a joint venture in Ji’nan. With this singing, the two parties have established a long-term cooperation with the design, production, assembly and delivery of propulsion systems and auxiliary systems for the rail sector.

The China-based joint venture, Shandong SRCC Rail Transit Technology Co. Ltd, will start with tendering for propulsion packages for metro projects in Ji’nan, and later on as well as for other rolling stock projects in the Shandong province and the rest of China. Strukton Rolling Stock will provide distinctive technological knowledge, design and production of key components from the Netherlands; SiCC will provide production and assembly facilities for complete systems, labour and local market knowledge.

This is the first time a Dutch company enters into the Chinese market with this kind of technology and is recognised as a global and reliable technology partner in China. Strukton will mainly add its technological knowledge and experience in the field of vehicle propulsion and auxiliary power systems, including system integration and performance calculation. Its technology is widely applied in metro, trains, locomotives and monorail. Strukton will also produce and deliver key components to the joint venture.

Market prospects

The city of Ji’nan is planning to construct eight new metro lines till 2023, including three suburban lines and five urban metro lines, with a total length of 275 km and 176 stations. The first vehicles will be delivered in the second half of 2018. Other cities in the Shandong province are planning to construct metro lines as well. Currently, seven cities (Qingdao, Ji’nan, Zibo, Yantai, Weifang, Ji’ning and Linyi) have metro construction plans and passed technical approvals. Additionally, the Chinese government has approved 43 cities’ metro construction plans in the next five years, covering over 8,000 km and the purchase of more than 5,000 metro vehicles per year. The joint venture will start with the tender for the R3 line (19 km, 11 stations, 18 trains, 108 cars).

About SiCC

Founded in October 2010 and based in Ji’nan, SiCC specialises in R&D and production of silicon carbide, the third generation of semiconductor materials used in all kinds of industries including rail. With over sixty experts from home and abroad, four R&D centres abroad, more than ten cooperation projects with global well-known universities and research institutions, SiCC has undertaken a number of national key projects and its products and technology have reached top-notch level. The company is part of the Rnomac Group, founded in 1993, with 1,200 employees.

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