High-tech industrial innovation in Amsterdam

On 29 January, Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan opened the new office of Tata Steel at the Amsterdam Science Park.

Researchers from Tata Steel will cooperate with innovative start-ups at the
Amsterdam Science Park. Together they will develop and implement new techniques using digital innovations, such as artificial intelligence. Tata Steel specializes in making high-quality steel, and the aim of this new collaboration is to produce steel of even higher quality.

As Hans Fischer, the CTO of Tata Steel in Europe,
said, “Our office at the Amsterdam Science Park puts us in touch with technological innovations at the early stages of development, which we can jointly develop further.”

One project, in cooperation with the artificial intelligence startup
Scyfer, has already begun. Scyfer is a spin-off of the University of Amsterdam.

A global top employer

On 29 February, Tata Consultancy Services was also recognized as a Global Top Employer by the Top Employers Institute. This makes it one of only eight organizations worldwide to have achieved this status, out of the 1,072 companies that were assessed. A part of the Tata Group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 344,000 of the consultants in 46 countries.

The Top Employers certification, established in 1991, is designed to identify and recognize the world's leading organizations in the field of human resources.

“We are delighted to have been certified as a Global Top Employer,” said Ajoy Mukherjee, the global head of human resources at TCS. “At TCS, we pride ourselves on our commitment to our people as well as our ability to create an exceptional environment and a nurturing platform that helps our employees around the world to realize their potential.”

Amsterdam Science Park popular with multinationals

Tata steel is not the only multinational company that has recently decided to set up shop at the Amsterdam Science Park. In 2013, the chip-maker ASML announced the establishment of the Advanced Research Institute for Nanolithography, in cooperation with a number of local scientific organizations. It conducts research into key fields for the global semiconductor industry. 

In 2015, the American tech giant Qualcomm decided to open a joint research lab with the University of Amsterdam at Amsterdam Science Park. This lab is dedicated to machine-learning techniques, for example for image recognition on mobile systems.

The Amsterdam Science Park is one of Europe’s leading scientific research hubs, with state-of-the-art facilities and access to the knowledge of more than 8,000 scientists, students, and entrepreneurs. With participants such as the University of Amsterdam, the Amsterdam University College, dozens of renowned research institutes, and about 120 companies, Amsterdam Science Park is a vibrant melting pot where business, science and innovation meet.