Quick facts and figures about the High Tech industry

The Dutch High tech sector is vital for health, mobility, energy and security.

Did you know?

  • Dutch companies invented WiFi, the CD and the DVD. Bluetooth was invented by Dutchman Jaap Haartsen. And high-tech equipment from Dutch companies are used in 90% of all silicon chips produced worldwide.
  • Dutch multinational ASML is the world’s leading provider of lithography machines for the semiconductor industry.
  • In 2012 the export value from the High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM) sector was € 45 billion, and the added value € 42 billion.
  • The Netherlands has a world-leading position in the design and manufacture of milking robots.
  • In 2014, Tech United, a team from the Technical University Eindhoven (TU/e), became World Champion Robot Soccer for the second time at the RoboCup 2014 in Brazil.
  • There are some 60 nationalities working and studying in the Netherlands in the field of HTSM, proving the attractiveness of the Netherlands for foreign knowledge workers.
  • The Netherlands is a leader in technologies that aid water management, giving it a leading perspective on the use of satellite data for improving life on Earth.