The High Tech Systems & Materials cluster in Brabant secures the innovative drive of aerospace companies worldwide. In fact there is almost no machine that cannot be built in Brabant, because of the available value chain for high tech manufacturing. From processing raw materials to the manufacturing of assets for OEM’s like ASML, Philips Healthcare, DAF and VDL buses.

In combination with the activities around The Netherlands Air Force bases in Woensdrecht, Eindhoven and Gilze-Rijen, the region offers a world class Aerospace MRO ecosystem

Why Brabant excels in Aerospace

Brabant is a hub for the aerospace industry in Europe. It is the only location in Europe where the Pentagon has authorized maintenance and logistics of F-35 engines. The Dutch Air Force also maintains all of its flying systems in Brabant, specifically Woensdrecht. Brabant is home to AMTS, which is the only training entity in the Netherlands that certifies aircraft mechanics. Additionally, Eindhoven is the location where NATO’s tanker and transport planes are coordinated and stationed. Numerous companies, such as Aeronamic, KMWE, Chromalloy, Teledyne, Dassault, Onelogistics, SPecto, Fokker Services, AAR, and Etteplan, are based in Brabant, and they supply the aerospace and defense industry.

Brabant is also a leader in the development of electric flying technology. Many organizations, including Breda Airport, NRG2Fly, Saluqi, Eindhoven Airport, Aeronamic, Fokker Services, and Dassault, are involved in developing sustainable aviation technology. The aerospace industry is facing a significant technical challenge in the development and certification of aircraft that are 30% more fuel-efficient and can be brought to the market by 2035. This challenge will require significant improvements in aerodynamics, lightweight structures, and fuel-efficient engines. Existing aircraft will also need to be modified to use sustainable aviation fuels such as bio-kerosene and synthetic kerosene.

Brabant’s expertise in the aerospace industry puts it in an excellent position to lead the way in developing sustainable aviation technology.

Our ecosystem – leading companies & ecosystem locations

  • Ecosystem locations
  • Leading companies
Bergen op Zoom

  • Aviolanda Air Campus

    A training location in development where more than 400 courses will be provided in aviation, in the broadest sense of the word.

  • Koninklijke Luchtmacht

    The Royal Netherlands Air Force is a modern and technological branch of the armed forces that contributes to freedom, security, and prosperity worldwide. For this purpose, the air force has highly qualified personnel, aircraft, helicopters, and other weapon systems.

  • Netherlands Aerospace Centre

    The Royal Netherlands Aerospace Centre is the central institute for aviation and aerospace research in the Netherlands

Gilze Rijen

  • Gate2

    Gate2 Gilze-Rijen is a Smart Industry hub that facilitates the development and realization of innovative Smart Factory projects


  • Air Base Eindhoven

    Eindhoven is the home base of the Air Mobility Command of the Royal Netherlands Air Force.

  • Brainport Industries Campus

    Is the very first location where high-tech suppliers innovate and manufacture together, where the most successful companies share high-quality facilities.

  • Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

    Is a research university specializing in engineering science & technology.

  • The High Tech Campus

    In Eindhoven is a world-renowned innovation hub for technology and high-tech companies. It offers state-of-the-art facilities and access to research institutions.

Eindhoven companies

  • Etteplan

    Etteplan delivers comprehensive Automation and Robotics solutions for machines. plants and production lines and maximizes production performance.

  • KMWE

    Has decades of experience developing solutions for the following industries: Aerostructures, Aero Engine, Semicon, Healthtech and Industrial.

Gilze Rijen


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