The Netherlands and State of Michigan sign automotive collaboration

The Netherlands and the US State of Michigan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen the innovation in their automotive sectors. Today Mona Keijzer (State Secretary of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy of The Netherlands) and Rick Snyder (Governor of Michigan) have agreed in Amsterdam to share research and knowledge on automotive, but also to enhance the interconnected supply chain and deploy more innovative technologies together like connected and autonomous vehicles and the use of lightweight materials.

State Secretary Mona Keijzer: “The Netherlands is a world class supplier for smart mobility and high-tech materials. This MoU gives involved Dutch companies and research institutes extra opportunities to share their innovations with the most important automotive state in the US. Our collaboration is not only about exchanging innovative technologies. This partnership has also got great economic value for both Michigan and The Netherlands. Together we can improve the interconnection of our shared automotive supply chain.”

Governor Rick Snyder: “This agreement establishes a great partnership through which we will share research and knowledge between Michigan and the Netherlands in the development and deployment of intelligent vehicle transportation. The similarities between Michigan and the Netherlands in terms of auto advancement and manufacturing innovation are striking, and through cooperation we will continue making great strides. The technology that is enabling connected and autonomous vehicles and new mobility services is moving quickly and it is essential we collaborate to harmonize global policy, regulations and standards to make transportation safe and more accessible for all.”

Strong economic and historic ties

Between The Netherlands and the State of Michigan there are strong historic and economic ties. 515,000 Americans of Dutch descent live in Michigan. The yearly export from Michigan to The Netherlands is worth more than $330 Million. With this MoU these strong ties will be further strengthened within the field of innovation. The MoU has been signed at the Amsterdam HQ of TomTom in attendance of Peter Hoekstra, U.S. Ambassador to The Netherlands.

Michigan is the most important automotive state in the United States with worldwide manufacturers such as General Motors and Ford present. The Netherlands on the other hand is a world class supplier for the automotive sector with leading companies like VDL, NXP, TomTom, Technolution and Prodrive. Last autumn Dutch automotive companies, research institutes and the government together visited the US and Canada to explore opportunities for innovative collaboration. The signing of the MoU is one of the follow-ups of this innovation mission.