As an independent knowledge and network organization, Mikrocentrum has been supporting the technical manufacturing industry for over 50 years with Training, Events and Business. We offer over 170 (technical) courses and annually organize 6 trade fairs, 5 business events and 15 thematic events. In addition to these activities, we offer companies a membership of the High Tech Platform, which now consists of 600 members. In all our activities, the aim is to increase knowledge, expand networks, improve business processes and to strengthen the competitive position of companies. We do this by working closely with a large network of industrial organizations, (semi) governments, knowledge and educational institutions.

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Together we create the technology of the future

The worldwide dynamics of the technical manufacturing industry requires increasingly higher demands on the knowledge and skills of companies and their employees. In the future, the Dutch and Belgian industry will increasingly distinguish itself in the development of high-quality new products and through more effective and efficient production processes. Product development will therefore be more multifunctional and multidisciplinary. The demand for a higher level of employees is increasing, and so is the social innovation to deliver top performance in a team context. Mikrocentrum, as the knowledge and network organization for the technical manufacturing industry, wants to contribute in helping these companies on their road to the technology of the future.

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Our pilars

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Training

Since 1968, Mikrocentrum has been supporting companies from the technical manufacturing industry in training employees. We therefore offer a suitable course for almost everyone within technology and industry. With over 170 practice-oriented courses, training and workshops, both at intermediate, higher and academic level, Mikrocentrum covers a wide spectrum of technological fields: from (new) technology, process optimization, quality management and technical project management to personal skills.

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Events

For over 30 years, Mikrocentrum organizes a wide range of trade fairs, business events and thematic events with a focus on technology. Sharing knowledge, showing the latest innovations and developments and connecting professionals are key factors within all our events. This unique combination offers you an efficient and accessible way to display the latest technological developments and innovations, to expand your network, but also to exchange experiences.

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Business

Founded in 1982, the Mikrocentrum High Tech Platform is a network collective for entrepreneurs and companies from the technical manufacturing industry. The goal: to inspire, connect and to share knowledge. With 600 member companies, the High Tech Platform annually offers 11 exclusive network events such as Meet & Matches, knowledge sessions and company visits. The High Tech Platform also offers their member extra exposure through the (online) company guide, on social media and with extra visibility at Mikrocentrum events.

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Our core values

Sharing knowledge
Collaboration
Connecting
Personal
Quality
Facilitating

Our history

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Mikrocentrum, treasury of precision engineering

Mikrocentrum started on October 30, 1968 at Oude Gracht 197 in Utrecht with the opening of the exhibition 'Mikrocentrum, treasurury of precision engineering'. Professionals and interested parties were given the opportunity to become acquainted with precision mechanical components and the necessary equipment with this permanent exhibition. Conversely, suppliers of these products and processing methods could in turn come in contact with other professionals and interested parties.

Because relevant meetings, technical courses and a permanent exhibition took place at one location, Mikrocentrum was actually a meeting place for everyone who had anything to do with fine mechanical technology. 

After a move in March 1970 to the Leeuwensteyn building (Hoog Catharijne) on Jaarbeursplein in Utrecht, Mikrocentrum moved to Kruisstraat 74 in Eindhoven at the end of 1976. Here, Mikrocentrum grew further and with it the offer of courses and events. The start of the High Tech Platform with the publication of the first company directory (then a manual address book) was in 1982.

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Mikrocentrum today: the central meeting place for the technical manufacturing industry

After 42 years, Mikrocentrum moved to De Run 1115 in Veldhoven on December 15, 2018. The Mikrocentrum team now consists of 50 permanent employees, 200 freelance teachers and 25 other freelance employees. Mikrocentrum has been CEDEO recognized since 2004 and ISO 9001 certified since 2008. The new location has grown into the meeting place for the technical manufacturing industry. Here we welcome students, event visitors, exhibitors and other relations on a daily basis. This unique way of cross-pollination makes Mikrocentrum a dynamic and inspiring environment, in the heart of the technical region of the Netherlands.

Certifications and memberships

Cedeo BedrijfsMaatwerk
Cedeo BedrijfsOpen
TUV ISO9001
NRTO
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Legal structure and Management Team

Mikrocentrum is an independent foundation (Stichting Mikrocentrum Nederland) with a holding company (Mikrocentrum Holding BV) and several operating companies. The daily management of Mikrocentrum is in the hands of the Management Team consisting of:

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Geert Hellings

Managing Director
+31 (0)40 296 99 11 +31 (0)6 24 89 34 00 g.hellings@mikrocentrum.nl
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Frank Bruls

Manager Training Department
+31 (0)40 296 99 33 +31 (0)6 51 32 36 95 f.bruls@mikrocentrum.nl
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Els van de Ven

Manager Events Department
+31 (0)40 296 99 22 +31 (0)6 53 12 18 55 e.ven@mikrocentrum.nl
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Ingrid van Kronenburg

Finance, Control en Facilitair
+31 (0)40 296 99 11 +31 (0)6 45 16 98 83 i.kronenburg@mikrocentrum.nl

The Mikrocentrum Team