Vanderlande strengthens ESI ecosystem

Vanderlande strengthens ESI ecosystem

Recognising the importance of systems engineering for high-tech industry

Today, ESI (TNO) hosts it first Partner Board meeting of ESI in a new composition at the High Tech Campus; Vanderlande joined the board at the beginning of this year. Following the recent project in which Vanderlande made use of ESI's knowledge and expertise to work more efficiently with model-based methodologies, Vanderlande's CTO Frank van Dijck and Maarten Verhoeven took the bold decision to intensify the cooperation in the form of a partnership with ESI.

ESI partner board

from left to right:

  • Roel Aalbers, Thales

  • Olivier Rainaut, Thermo Fisher Scientific

  • Paul Hilkens, Canon Production Printing (Chair)

  • Frans Beenker, ESI

  • Wouter Leibbrandt, ESI

  • Frank Schuurmans, ASML

  • Maarten Verhoeven, Vanderlande

  • Andy Pimentel, University of Amsterdam

  • Koen Langendoen, Delft University of Technology

  • Paul van den Broek, ITEC

  • Johan Lukkien, Eindhoven University of Technology

  • Frits Vaandrager, Radboud University


  • Harry Berghuis, Philips

  • Maarten van Steen, University of Twente

  • Henk-Jan Vink, TNO

Competitive position of the high-tech industry

With Vanderlande on board, ESI's partner network gains a company from the logistics automation sector, something that ESI and its current partners regard as a very valuable addition. On the one hand, Vanderlande's experience in a very customer- and platform-oriented approach is important. On the other hand, the partners strengthen each other in a joint approach to model-based systems engineering. Vanderlande and ESI have worked together in various fields over a longer period.

Maarten Verhoeven, Executive Director for Architecture & Integration at Vanderlande:

"I am pleased that by joining the ESI Partner Board we can strengthen our relationship. This will help us to boost the competitive position of the high-tech industry in the Netherlands and of Vanderlande in particular."

Frans Beenker, Commercial Director of ESI adds:

"Vanderlande's customer-oriented approach involves a lot of customisation and their platform approach has a lot of overlap with the model-driven approach of the existing partners. This is how the high-tech industry in our ecosystem benefits from each other's knowledge and skills. Something that Vanderlande recognises."  

ESI's Partner Board now consists of: ASML, Canon Production Printing, ITEC, Philips, Thales, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Vanderlande, University of Amsterdam, Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, Radboud University Nijmegen, Twente University and TNO.

Partner board