Company Visits

Tour 1: Philips and NXP

This tour starts with a welcome from Philips, at their Innovation Center in Eindhoven. Megan Gainer and Nancy Kavoseve will welcome us and then guide us through the Philips Discovery Center.

Afterwards we will have a small snack and leave the Innovation Center towards the high-tech campus. There we will be welcomed by Philips again and we will get an introduction to Philips I&S. Furthermore, there will be a presentation of Brainport.

From there we will continue to the Philips Experiencelab and NXP. At NXP there will not only be an introduction of NXP but also a meeting and mingle with the YOUNG! community. In addition, we will be provided with coffee and a few snacks.

For a detailed overview of the schedule and the time plan, you can find an agenda here.


Philips is a multinational company headquartered in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Founded in 1891, Philips is now a leading provider of health technology, household appliances, lighting solutions, and innovations for the Internet of Things.

The company has over 80,000 employees worldwide and operates in more than 100 countries. In Eindhoven, Philips operates one of its largest sites, where research, development, and production take place.

The site is a crucial innovation hub for the company and plays a central role in executing its corporate strategy focused on sustainability and technology leadership.

They are the largest cross-functional Innovation Hub, hosting the global headquarters of many Philips innovation organizations. With over 15,000 customer visits to our Experience Center and Experience Lab, they actively co-create with their customers, harnessing their local and global network of clinical research sites, universities, institutions and other companies to innovate powerful solutions that make a difference.


NXP Semiconductors is a global semiconductor company headquartered in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Founded in 1953, NXP produces a wide range of semiconductor products, including microcontrollers, sensors, and automotive electronics. The company has operations in more than 35 countries and employs over 31,000 people worldwide.

In Eindhoven, NXP has one of its main research and development centers, where it focuses on developing advanced semiconductor technologies and products for various applications, such as automotive, industrial, and communication systems. The Eindhoven facility is one of NXP’s largest locations and plays a vital role in the company’s innovation efforts. NXP is committed to sustainability and has set ambitious targets to reduce its carbon footprint and improve the environmental impact of its operations.


Brainport Eindhoven is a high-tech region located in the south of the Netherlands, comprising the city of Eindhoven and its surrounding areas. The region is home to some of the world’s most innovative companies, research institutions, and universities, specializing in advanced technology and design.

Brainport Eindhoven is known for its expertise in various areas, including smart mobility, healthcare, energy, and circular economy. It has a long history of innovation, dating back to the early 20th century when Philips established its headquarters in the city.

Today, Brainport Eindhoven is one of the most prominent technology clusters in Europe, attracting a vast amount of investment and talent from all over the world. The region’s focus on collaboration between industry, academia, and government has been a crucial factor in its success, fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. Brainport Eindhoven is a significant contributor to the Dutch economy, and its innovations have a global impact.

Tour 2: Port of Rotterdam and Siemens

Starting at Europe’s largest seaport in Rotterdam, we will be welcomed at the World Port Center by Frank Schilperoort & Douwe van der Stroom with an introduction to the Port of Rotterdam. After thrilling presentations of topics like energy & raw material transition and hydrogen projects by involved engineers, the COO of Port of Rotterdam Boudewijn Siemons will anticipate as well. The next program points are set to visit actual sites of the seaport like the RDM wharf.

The second part defining this tour is the Siemens site in The Hague. The subsidiary of one the world’s largest companies provides a program strongly focused on digitalization, as the Digital Experience Centre in The Hague showcases the latest digital technologies and solutions of Siemens – in a hands-on, interactive environment. Afterwards, there will be a meeting with Young Siemens network to enjoy some drinks and connect with other ambitious engineers to end a day full of impressions.

Port of Rotterdam

The Port of Rotterdam is the largest seaport in Europe and one of the busiest in the world. It has a long history dating back to the 14th century, but it became a major industrial and commercial hub during the 19th and 20th centuries due to its strategic location and investments in infrastructure. The Port of Rotterdam uses advanced technologies such as automated container terminals, real-time cargo tracking systems, and digital communication networks to efficiently manage and process millions of tons of cargo each year. Additionally, the port has implemented sustainable technologies like wind power, electric cranes, and shore power to reduce its environmental impact.

Boudewijn Siemons

Director for Infrastructure & Maritime Affairs (COO), Port of Rotterdam Authority

Boudewijn Siemons is responsible for the expansion and maintenance of the port complex, as well as the Harbor Master department. He was previously the President of Vopak Americas and holds various other positions in the maritime industry.


Siemens is a German multinational conglomerate company founded in 1847 by Werner von Siemens. It operates in a range of sectors including energy, healthcare, industrial automation, transportation, and more. As of 2021, Siemens has approximately 293,000 employees worldwide and reported a revenue of €57.1 billion in 2020 and is ranked among the largest companies within the top 50. Their subsidiary in The Hague – Siemens Digital Industries – provides a comprehensive hardware and software portfolio for manufacturing and process industries to transition from mass production to digital and flexible factories. Their customer service portfolio includes traditional and digital services such as maintenance, technical consulting, and cybersecurity, which are affected by the ongoing transformation in operational technology.