The industrial sector: transformed from a traditional manufacturing sector to a sector driven by innovation, knowledge and creativity. As a consequence, the traditional boundaries within the industry and its related fields are rapidly disappearing.

Various activities, or even all activities in the entire production chain in one single location. An increasing amount of businesses are adopting this strategy. Crossovers are formed, causing business activities and economic sectors to become interwoven at one location, within one organisation. This leads to new, integrated economic clusters, chains or networks and results, for example, in the disappearance of boundaries between industrial production (manufacturing industry), industrial maintenance, transport, transhipment, assembly (logistics), marketing and sales, e-commerce and business services (for example insurances). In this way, a modern industrial cluster is created.

Tilburg can establish a link between logistics and modern industry

The city distinguishes itself from other logistics centres because of the link between modern industrial activities and excellent distribution networks. This link also creates remarkable economic opportunities. The logistics with respect to maintenance companies (so-called service logistics) serve as an example. As a result, high added value is created. To a large extent, logistics determine the ultimate quality of customer service. Companies such as Agristo, BOA Nederland, CAPI, P. van der Wegen Gears, Bierens, Tesla, Standard Aero, Group of Butchers and Art Group are already collaborating closely with logistics partners and are forming crossovers to be able to switch gears quickly.