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.
Several toolmakers have joined forces in the ART Group to position the standard tool making higher up in the supply chain. From contract manufacturer for stamping dies, moulds and components to an organisation with growth opportunities and in-house knowledge and expertise to advise customers during the design phase. A development from companies with years of specialist knowledge to a ‘modern’ organisation that combines expertise with customer-focussed services and research and development.
Agristo is a global player with a production unit at Vossenberg. From this location, high-quality, frozen potato products such as fries and wedges are produced and subsequently distributed to consumers in more than 115 countries. A crucial link in operations is performant supply chain management. Approximately every seven minutes a freight leaves from the fully automated warehouse, either by road in trucks or to the Barge Terminal Tilburg (BTT) for transport via inland shipping and onward shipment. This last mode of transport gives the company from Tilburg more flexibility with respect to loading and it creates an enormous benefit to the environment.
Group of Butchers
Group of Butchers make meats and meat products. They do this in consultation with their customers to ensure that the meats are tailored to the customers’ needs. The headquarters are in Tilburg. The production of grilled meats also takes place here. In addition, there are three more factories in the Netherlands, a distribution centre in Boxtel and two factories in Belgium. What makes this company remarkable is that they offer an extensive, accompanying programme besides traditional butcher products. The extensive sales organisation supports its customers in category management with market data and front office support. Tilburg was chosen deliberately due to its central location in the market area the Benelux. Group of Butchers has partnerships with multiple logistics suppliers in Tilburg.
Aircraft engine maintenance. At the location in Tilburg, aircraft engines are serviced and spare engine parts are stored. In the 'Aerospace', the focus is on high-quality components with a lot of added value. Furthermore, StandardAero’s aviation maintenance professionals fly around the world to carry out maintenance activities at customers. This makes the StandardAero a classic example of a company that combines maintenance, expertise and logistics.
The interrelationship between production and manufacturing, and logistics is apparent in Tesla’s assembly activities in Tilburg. The assembly for the entire European Union takes place in Tilburg. In its second location, that opened in Tilburg in September 2015, large amounts of components are processed and assembled into cars that are roadworthy.
To this end, tests are performed in the building. In addition, the Tilburg Factory is the technical headquarters in Europe. Storage of spare parts, maintenance, et cetera all takes place in the second location in Tilburg.
It has become less profitable for Capi to outsource its production to low-wage countries. Important factors in this decision are the quality of the products and the environment. Now, Capi manufactures in Tilburg in an almost fully automated plant where employees focus on development, packing and labelling.
BOA Nederland, high-tech part of the global company BOA Group, manufactures flexible elements such as stainless steel hoses, bellows and compensators for challenging applications in the automotive and aviation industries. In the Netherlands, stainless steel hoses, among other things, are manufactured for ASML. These primarily high-tech activities take place in a cleanroom with high demands on the quality of the products and logistics. Due to the extensive growth, BOA Nederland recently relocated from industrial park Loven to T58
P. van der Wegen Gears
Tilburg is a world leading manufacturer of gears. Companies are able to develop thanks to the presence of expertise, innovative strength and human capital. In addition, companies focus on the production and maintenance of the gears. Recently, Van der Wegen Gears constructed a new manufacturing plant in order to build the largest gear machine in the world for gears with a diameter up to 30 metres and a weight up to 250 ton.
IFF, Agristo, Fuji and Coca Cola
A partnership between several companies in Tilburg that drain waste water. Together, they have invested in the development of the largest private industrial waste water treatment facility in Europe that ensures that less contaminated water is drained into the sewage systems.