#344 Threeports of The Netherlands (Airport, Seaport and Brainport): The Netherlands Innovation for Economic Growth

There are three important ports in The Netherlands, they are Airport in Amsterdam, Seaport in Rotterdam and Brainport in Eindhoven. These three ports have significant impacts for The Netherlands.
Schiphol International Airport is the leading airport in Western Europe. In 2011 and 2012, Skytrax awarded Schiphol as the best airport in Western Europe after a survey. This survey covered 39 different criterias and involving 11,38 million questionnaires completed by 100 passengers worldwide (1). This award has  maintained successfully by Schiphol for two years in a row while for international scale Schiphol has achieved an increasing ranking from year to year.
Ranking (of 388 airports worldwide)
Schiphol airport is not only a place for airline transportation but also a place where innovation and technology fused with creativity. In June 2010, Schiphol opened an innovative gate which combined technology, sound and lighting colour to create  new passengers’ experience in the airport. The lighting will automaticaly change from warmer tone to cooler tone to make passengers’ comfortable and also this gate will displays photos and videos of the destinations. The lighting system is energy efficiency because it will automatically dim and turn off when the passengers have left this gate.
In June 2011 Schiphol once again made a unique achievement in aviation industry. Schiphol made an attractive attraction by displaying a Fokker 100 on the Panorama roof terrace which is accessible for all visitors. There is also a timeline showing the history of Fokker industry involving KLM and Schiphol.
Port of Rotterdam is one of the main ports and the largest logistic and industrial hubs of Europe. This port occupies an area of 40 kilometres and can accomodate Berge Stahl, the biggest iron ore ship in the world as equal of 360 metres long (3,5 football fields) and 65 metres wide. Based on Rotterdam School of Management research 2011, Port of Rotterdamhas direct and indirect added value at about €22 billion to The Netherlands (2).
Brainport Eindhoven is the center for innovation as well as home base for companies, world-class knowledge and research institutes in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Brainport is also claimed to be the smartest region in The Netherlands. More than half of the annual patents applications in The Netherlands come from Brainport (3). Adopting the concept of producing ‘The Products of Tomrrow’ has boosted Brainport be an internationally competitive region.
Brainport Sample Products:
In making an innovative advancement Brainport make an intensive ‘triple-helix’ cooperation with many sectors. This cooperation involved industry, knowldege and educational institution and government. In 2010 Eindhoven won a prestigious Eurocities Award in terms of cooperation (4). This award recognizes Brainport Eindhoven that successfully cooperated with the city authority and other partners such as educational institutions, businesses and investors.

These three ports show us how come up with new ideas will lead to innovations that will advantage for all. Be Creative, Be Innovative…!!!

– ditulis oleh Zulkifli


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