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.


CSITF seminar: Advanced Materials Functionality and High Precision Engineering


On the first day of the CSITF on the 20th of April, the Seminar on Advanced Materials Functionality and High Precision Engineering took place  . The Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Shanghai Additive Manufacturing Association jointly organized this Sino-Dutch seminar. Shepinid was the co-organiser of this event.

The Netherlands has a strong knowledge base in Advanced Materials, as well as strong precision engineering skills. China, in recent years, is investing deeply in this sector too, and China’s potential is materialized in the success of for instance Huawei, which has become a global ICT provider and developer. The seminar brought together the Dutch and Chinese community with interest to learn about the possibilities for joint research and development, discuss expertise in both countries and sharing views on developments in the field.

Shanghai Additive Manufacturing Association

Shanghai Additive Manufacturing Association is the industry organisation approved by the National Ministry of Civil Affairs and founded in April 2015. It is supported by government and companies in the additive manufacturing industry, which is also called the 3D printing industry. There are more than 300 institutional members within the association now. The main mission of this association is to foster the communication and negotiation between the member companies, by organizing the training, consulting, exhibition and conference events. This association actively connects the companies within the industrial supply chain and integrates the R&D resources among all the industrial stakeholders. The vast majority of SAMA’s members is Chinese, but SAMA welcomes foreign companies that are facilities in China to join as well.


Mr. Jan Reint Smit, International Research and Innovation Collaboration manager of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency moderated the seminar. The seminar started with his opening remarks and Mr. Zeng Xiaolian from the Shanghai Additive Manufacturing Association. Afterwards, experts and entrepreneurs from China and the Netherlands shared their views on this topic.

Jeroen Jonkers and Bas Kreukniet from NTS started with their view on “3D printing solutions in high precision engineering of advanced materials”. The NTS-Group develops, manufactures and optimises opto-mechatronic systems, modules and components for international machine builders (OEMs). Liu Daigang from CAEP-LITUO continued. CAEP-LITUO is a professional manufacturer of metal powders, amorphous powders and super-fine metal powders and related set of gas atomized metal powder and pneumatic grinding powder equipment.  Gerrit Oosterhuis from VDL ETG explained about advanced thermal control in high-end equipment. VDL ETG operates from Suzhou and operates in the business of system integration of mechatronic (sub)systems and modules for OEMs in the high-tech capital equipment industry.

Zou Bo from Shanghai UnionTech presented his company’s achievements in the application of materials manufacturing in Chinas as well as their global market achievements. UnionTech is a professional provider of stereolithography technology. Charlie Hu from Triple 3D discussed design co-creation with new materials and 3D Sview. Triple 3D is a platform that connects freelance 3D designers with growing manufacturers in order to make an on-demand platform for companies and organizations which are looking for high-quality design works.

3D printing can be used for many different occasions. Li Jing from 3DPRO (Shanghai) Technology presented 3D printing can be used in advanced car manufacturing. 3DPRO is a professional supplier of 3D application solutions, focusing on biomedicine, cultural creativity, innovative education, advanced manufacturing. Maarten Langendonk from Keytec, a supplier that manufactures in media and high volumes metal and plastic components, explained us more about Keytec and their way of industrializing common sense solutions with high-tech engineering.

The last speaker of the seminar was Yorick Kouwmans of Promolding. Promolding translates high-performance polymer technology to industrialised products. For example space innovative catering equipment, flexible floor products and fiber-optic sensors. During his presentation, Yorick showed us how Promolding developed fibre optic hydrophones and accelerometers for monitoring machines, finding new oilfields, controlling the pressure in large oil tankers and health monitoring of all kind of mechanical structures.

After the seminar, all participants gathered at the Holland Innovation Pavillion for a network reception, where experts, scholars and others had the opportunity to exchange ideas and broaden their network.