Autumn 2011

Open Innovation Centre Advanced Materials is a fact

The opening of the Open Innovation Center for Advanced Materials (OICAM) took place on Thursday, 7 July.  OICAM stimulates companies in the creation, development and marketing of innovations in an open innovation process. As a partner, TenCate has been involved in OICAM since its inception.

The opening ceremony was performed by from right to left Loek de Vries (President and CEO of TenCate), Theo Rietkerk (member of the Provincial Executive of Overijssel) and Martin Olde Weghuis (chairman foundation board OICAM) 

OICAM in Nijverdal is an integral network of companies and knowledge institutes in the region of Twente. Together they focus on sharing knowledge of, conducting research into and developing high-grade materials and material technology. The main objective of the centre is to establish an open, innovative and creative environment, in which new ideas and technologies relating to advanced materials are fully developed in joint ventures.

Advanced materials play a major role in technological innovation. This applies in particular to the region of Twente, which will from now on be called Materials Valley. These are advanced materials that ‘make a difference’ and they form a key objective for regional development. The OICAM will also facilitate the design, organization and implementation of complete development projects.

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