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Garden of Kairos boost for manufacturing industry in East Netherlands

Companies in the manufacturing industry tend to simply postpone digital transformation initiatives until it is too late and the competition outruns them. That is the reason why a team of companies and knowledge institutions in the east of the Netherlands are collaborating. In the new community Garden of Kairos are they going to work together for the essential digital transformation. The emphasis is on the users of the digital transformation and the impact of these new techniques on the organization and society. The motto is Digital Focus, Human Touch. New participants are very welcome. The community aims to have approximately 30 participating companies within 3 years.

In Greek mythology, Kairos was the youngest and most rebellious grandson of Chronos – the god of time. Kairos dared to walk unfamiliar paths, welcomed challenges, was always keen on new ideas and thereby brought about change, insight and turnaround. Our Garden of Kairos takes inspiration from Kairos’ way of life and would like to transform the manufacturing industry with the same approach.

Biggest change is biggest chance

“New digital techniques are changing our lives. We work from home but at the same time collaborate via the internet with colleagues all over the world. We order our meal in the meantime through the same internet. New digital technologies are also rapidly changing the way the manufacturing industry works. Design drawings automatically control production machines and robots – without human intervention. A mechanist remotely observes how his machine is being used in Taiwan and gives troubleshooting advice. You no longer come to a classroom for machine training, but you follow it individually via Virtual Reality, wherever you are.” explain the spokespersons Martin Arens and Peter van Bart. “The digital transformation is the biggest change for companies at the moment. At the same time it is the greatest opportunity! New techniques make it possible to produce and sell new, innovative products and services worldwide.”

In practice, it often turns out to be complex for companies to make the digital transformation a success. Choosing the right techniques and methods and then using and marketing them successfully, is quite complex. Moreover, this takes a lot of time and the employees, who are required for this, are scarce and already busy with their daily, ordinary work. By working together, the participants in Garden of Kairos pool their expertise, capacity and resources. “This way, every participant can do more and we learn faster thanks to each other’s experiences. We also make SMEs future-proof. ”


The following participants currently cooperate in Garden of Kairos: Bouwatch – Demcon – CGI – Distribute – Eluxis – GPO Solutions – Hanzehogeschool Groningen – Mobina – Oost NL – Pino & Partners – PTC – ROC van Twente – Saxion Hogeschool – Serious VR – Thales Nederland – Universiteit Twente – Vanenburg Software – VMI Group.
The community is open for all manufacturing companies, and their suppliers and partners.

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Martin Arens ( and Peter van Bart (