Published on: Jan 25, 2023
CDA Member of Parliament Mustafa Amhaouch paid a working visit to AWL in Harderwijk on Friday, 20 January, in the context of the revaluation of the manufacturing industry in the Netherlands. After a warm welcome, the Member of Parliament was shown around by Brand van 't Hof, CEO of AWL and Piet Mosterd, former director of AWL and founder of the Techniek Academy and Perron038. The theme of the visit was the Dutch manufacturing industry, with a specific focus on the modern industry of today and the future, the strength of the manufacturing industry in the Gelderland region, talent development and the connection of the manufacturing industry with the EU and beyond.
The tour started in the Experience Center. From this center, AWL offers schools and customers the opportunity to develop and experiment with new technologies and applications. The route then continued through the assembly hall of AWL, where the group was given a tour and an explanation of automated high-tech machines. Mustafa Amhaouch paid a working visit to Perron038 in Zwolle last Monday and was updated on this initiative, which also ties in with his memorandum. Mustafa Amhaouch: “The Gelderland region has a wonderful manufacturing industry; AWL is a good example of this. The fact that renowned and global automotive and logistics companies, among others, use their machines shows that they make a difference. As the Netherlands and Europe, we must cherish these kinds of manufacturing companies.”
A round table discussion followed the visit. Central was the memorandum written by Mustafa Amhaouch, entitled: "The Netherlands makes the difference - a plea for a strategic, offensive, regional industrial policy." During the round table discussion, the group entered into a discussion and AWL's vision was asked on various themes such as: the modern industry of today and the future, where lies the strength of the manufacturing industry in Gelderland and where do the challenges lie, lifelong development policy and what European and international opportunities there are for the manufacturing industry in Gelderland.
Brand van ’t Hof: “Providing insight into the themes within the manufacturing industry is important to AWL. Cooperation between government and industry, both regionally and across national borders, is crucial in the world of automation. ”
Also present during the working visit were: Arjen Vos - Director Strategy & Development, Wendy de Jong - Director Oost NL, Martin Ruiter - Chairman VNO NCW Gelderland, Sjoerd Keijser - Business Development Manager Innovation at FME, Pim Zijlstra from Landstede MBO, Wilco Mazier - alderman Harderwijk and Daisy Vliegenthart - member of parliament CDA Gelderland.