Category Archives: Science & Innovation

How to slim your brand portfolio wisely

EUR logoThe world’s largest consumer products companies such as Unilever and Procter & Gamble have recently announced shedding up to hundreds of brands, keeping only the strongest alive to make more profit. But when it comes to brand portfolio, is less really more? While most companies are convinced these big clean-ups result into increased firm value, new research by Dr Yvonne van Everdingen and Professor Gerrit van Bruggen and PhD candidate Baris Depecik of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) reveals that in almost all cases the opposite is true. Continue reading

Erasmus, Stellenbosch Universities join forces

logoeurErasmus University Rotterdam and Stellenbosch University (South Africa) are going to collaborate even more intensively. On Tuesday, 11 November 2014, Rector Magnificus Prof. Huibert Pols, on behalf of Erasmus University, and Prof. Johan Hattingh, on behalf of SU, signed a Memorandum of Understanding and a partnership agreement in respect of a joint PhD programme. There is already faculty and institutional level cooperation with Stellenbosch University. Continue reading

Erasmus University rises in worldwide rankings

logoeurErasmus University Rotterdam has risen slightly in the QS World University Rankings. In this year’s  ranking of approximately 800 universities worldwide, the university is ranked at 90, two places higher than last year. The 90th place is the highest position of the Erasmus University in the QS World University Rankings since 2006. The Rotterdam based university is the fifth ranked Dutch university in the list. Continue reading

Dutch remain 8th in Global Competitiveness

RSM+logo+1jpgThe Dutch remain in the eighth place in the Global Competitiveness Report compiled by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The Report assesses the competitiveness of 144 economies, providing insight into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity. Data for the Netherlands was collected by research institute INSCOPE: Research for Innovation at Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), and was led by Professor Henk Volberda. Continue reading

Boskalis studies ultra large Dockwise vessel

logoboskalisRoyal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) announced at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston (USA) that it has started a study into a new ultra large V-class Heavy Marine Transport Vessel (HTV). The Dockwise Vanguard which came into service early 2013 is already the world’s largest V-class HTV with a carrying capacity of 117,000 MT and a deck space of 270 meters by 70 meters. Continue reading

Kloosterboer cools and freezes with solar power

Zonnepanelen-KloosterboerAt the start of April, the installation of solar panels on the roof of the Kloosterboer Delta Terminal at Maasvlakte was put in to operation.  A total of 1800 solar panels have been fitted to this cold storage facility. The installation has a capacity of  450 kWp and enables Kloosterboer to be largely self-sufficient for their energy needs. Continue reading

OECD urges Netherlands to innovate and reform

logooecd_enThe Netherlands is gradually emerging from a double-dip recession with strengthened public finances and reforms on track to improve the labour and housing markets and the health care and pension systems. These reforms are paying off, says the OECD. Growth is expected to reach 1% this year and 1.3% in 2015. Continue reading

Rotterdam voted Smart City 2014

imagesRotterdam has been voted one of the Smart Cities 2014. The quarterly magazine The New Economy has given Smart Cities Awards to twenty cities all over the world who qualify as ‘cities of the future’ in the area of sustainable development. The New Economy praised Rotterdam for its efforts to protect itself against climate change and bolster its image as the most sustainable port city in the world. Continue reading

Erasmus University looking for more collaboration and internationalisation

logoeurErasmus University Rotterdam must continue to be at the forefront of developments in the years ahead through interdisciplinary collaboration and far-reaching internationalisation. Sound finances are needed to underpin these ambitions. This was the message of executive board president Pauline van der Meer Mohr in her New Year’s speech on Monday 6 January 2014. Continue reading

What gets some product content talked about more than others?

RSM+logo+1jpgWithout actually knowing what drives and shapes consumers sharing information, companies invest huge amounts of time and money to make sure consumers talk favourably about their products, share their viral advertisements or make their slogans catch on. New research by PhD candidate Ezgi Akpinar of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) reveals three surprising psychological drivers that boost word of mouth. Continue reading

Cambridge Innovation Center looking for expansion in Rotterdam

cicoldOn Thursday 21 November 2013 a letter of intent has been signed between the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), represented by CEO Tim Rowe, and the city of Rotterdam, represented by Vice Mayor Jeannette Baljeu. The parties have expressed the intention to conduct a feasibility study in order to evaluate whether Rotterdam is a suitable location for CIC. To support CIC during their study the city has put together a team including the Rotterdam Investment Agency and Deloitte. Continue reading

Rotterdam School of Management opens Asia office

RSM+logo+1jpgProfessor Steef van de Velde, Dean of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), officially opened the school’s new Asia office in Taiwan during a special alumni reception on 15 October 2013. The event was attended by 43 guests including RSM alumni in Taiwan and representatives from Taiwanese and European organisations. Continue reading

Eneco acquires Mitsubishi electric vehicles

Eneco%20logoOn national Day of Sustainability Eneco received the keys of 40 i-MiEVs, Mitsubishi Motors’ electric vehicles. The delivery of the cars is part of the strategic partnership  between Mitsubishi Corporation and Eneco which commenced at the beginning of 2013 with the aim of jointly developing offshore wind farms, the first of which , Eneco Luchterduinen, will soon begin construction. Eneco will lend some of the i-MiEVs to sustainable partners with which it has close ties including: charities, cooperatives and companies. Continue reading

Once Made in Rotterdam: Netam electric vehicles

netamNow and then Rotterdam Week will focus on historic innovative industries in the greater Rotterdam region. In a first of this series, we take a look at the Netam-L-Car. During the German occupation of the city, in 1941, the Netam company (aka NV Nederlandsche Tank-Apparaten en Machinefabriek “Netam”) developed a number of electrically propelled vehicles and marketed them under the brand name Netam-L-Car.

Before World War Two Netam was a well established producer of light weight trailers, hydraulic tipping constructions and other industrial add-ons for trucks. The company had never produced a complete car.

Now it was war and regular fuel was hard to get by. But electricity was still available and the Rotterdam city grid Continue reading

Fast installation makes robotics affordable for small companies

logo tudSmall and medium-sized enterprises in Europe mostly refrain from using advanced robot technology. The EU-project Factory-in-a-Day aims to change this by developing a robotic system that can be set up and made operational in 24 hours and is flexible, leasable and cheap. The project has a budget of 11 million euros for four years, 7.9 million of which will be funded by the European Union as part of the FP7 programme ‘Factory of the Future’. The international consortium comprises 16 partners and the coordinating university is Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). The project will start on 8 October 2013 with a formal kick-off meeting in Delft. Continue reading

Damen introduces Quick Docking concept

Logo-Damen-ShipyardDamen Shiprepair & Conversion has developed a new innovative product, the ‘Quick Docking/Fuel Saving’ package. This offers owners a fast and low-cost additional docking with the sole aim of reducing fuel consumption in between the five-year statutory survey period.

The first vessel booked under the new concept has docked at Damen Shiprepair Brest (France). It is the capesize bulker ‘Castillo De Catoira’ operated by Spanish company Empresa Naviera Elcano. Damen expects to bring more of its vessels to its ship repair yards. Continue reading

New version European Gateway Services E-GATE App

terminalA new version of the European Gateway Services free E-GATE App now also offers real-time status information about containers on the inland terminals TCT Venlo, MCT Moerdijk, TCT Belgium and DeCeTe Duisburg. The new version of the E-GATE App is especially interesting for road freight, rail and inland shipping operators, forwarding agents and importers. With the App you can easily check on your smartphone or tablet if your own container is present on the inland terminal, so you prevent unnecessary trips and improve everyone’s planning. Other new features of the E-GATE App are service messages and news about current developments regarding European Gateway Services. Continue reading

Wearable technology is coming and it is connected

By Leo Beerden

GADGET REPUBLIC Gadgets are gadgets because they are novelties, nice-to-haves, but essentially superfluous. Oh, really? They used to be anyway. But that was before we started carrying them around and trust them with our precious data. So what will happen once we’ll start wearing our gadgets while connecting them? Connected wearables will change things for ever. Again.

Powerful technology is now small. Already miniaturized to the scale of house keys, credit cards, glasses, clothes, or even jewelry, it will soon be ubiquitous in daily life. It will not stop there, as tech will be small enough to put it under our skin. In 2030, some of us may already be fitted with a health monitoring device. 24/7-sensors will be on patrol for an ever increasing number of detectable illnesses. Need more features? Just upgrade the firmware. Your health monitor will now Continue reading

Europort 2013 set to innovate maritime world

europort_2011_payoff+datum_CMYKFrom 5 – 8 November 2013, one of the world’s leading maritime events will again take place in the the world port city of Rotterdam. More than 30,000 maritime professionals from over 90 countries will meet to present, discuss and share information on innovative technology and smart solutions to build the most sophisticated ships.

With more than 1,000 exhibiting companies and over 30,000 professional visitors, Europort belongs to the largest maritime exhibitions worldwide. Europort has a strong focus on advanced technology and complex shipbuilding and is the ultimate meeting platform for maritime pioneers. The exhibition and conference program serves the maritime sector in the broadest sense: from sea shipping to offshore, from dredging to fishery, from inland navigation to navy and superyachts. More on Europort 2013.

TNO helps to make refining more sustainable

logo-TNOThe paint industry wants to become greener. In 2030 at least half of the raw materials in their products must be of bio-based origin, without compromising quality. Paints are currently largely petroleum-based. TNO has been working with paint and printing ink manufacturers (VVVF) and chemical (VNCI) associations to identify the possibilities of realising this goal. Continue reading

TU Delft coordinating European research on self-healing thermal barrier coatings

logo tudResearchers of TU Delft coordinate a large European research project on self-healing thermal barrier coatings (TBCs). These ceramic coatings enhance the gas turbine engine efficiency by allowing higher operation temperatures, saving fuel and reducing CO2 emissions. By using self-healing thermal barrier coatings, small cracks in the coating are repaired, thereby prolonging the lifetime of the coatings by 20-25% and significantly reducing the costs of maintainance. Continue reading