The city of Rotterdam and the EU Forum have been inseperable from the start. Already, this is the third year that the EU Forum takes place in this bustling city. Why Rotterdam? Our partner Rotterdam Food Cluster explains.
" The Rotterdam region is leading in food, clean technology and the medical industry. These industries are changing rapidly under the influence of technological innovation and the awareness of depletion of natural resources. To keep this forefront position innovating is essential.
World’s most innovative Food Parc
This region contains a Smart Grid infrastructure with the ambition to connect the region’s economic hubs with an independent data network to enable autonomous operations. By connecting this network to a solid management structure, the availability of data, networks and flows can be valorised into new business models. In anticipation several pilots of experimentation are presented to you at our World Food Parc stand at EU Fresh Info, such as valorisation of food waste flows, production of sustainable energy, flexible labour contracting, and a smart logistics system.
200 hectares of lots available
In the Rotterdam region 6.100 food companies are located, with 43.000 employees, with a turnover of over 24 billion Euros. Currently 200 hectares of lots are available nearby the port and multimodal infrastructure. The port of Rotterdam is world’s second largest importer of fresh food, is Europe’s largest deep sea port, and is the gateway to over 500 million people. The region is unique for the large variety of clusters in a small area, which makes it possible to forge both physical and relational links between the clusters. Each sector and each part of the chain constitutes an actual component based on complementarity and dependencies. The dynamic and diverse interplay gives rise to a resilient and flexible economy characterised by lasting competitiveness and innovative strength. This adds value to the region as a whole.
Getting sustainable innovations requires the presence of large volumes (qualitative and quantitative), investment capital, appropriate policy and a physical space. With treatment of more than nine million tonnes of fresh products via the Port of Rotterdam, with the availability of investing capital and triple helix cooperation, the Rotterdam region is the obvious location for getting these innovations off the ground. These innovations are brought about in a complementary and competitive network of companies, facilitated by knowledge institutions and the government. As a cluster, the companies are able to work together to estimate and share risks effectively, and to make broad investments in joint benefits.
Transition to the Next Economy
The transition of the food, clean technology and the medical industries is characterized by cooperating in chains, networks and clusters and is accelerated by the third industrial revolution, which we call the Next Economy. The transition to a bio based, circular and sustainable economy is generally done by connecting the innovative power of the existing industries. This interplay in chains, networks and clusters in the Greenport involves production, supply, processing, trade and logistics, using innovative capacity and knowledge development, and takes place within a clear, compact spatial unit. Nowhere else in the world are these aspects so strongly brought together as in our region.
You are most welcome at our stand at the EU Forum Information Market to discuss your ideas on the most innovative World Food Parc!"