Tata Steel opens office at Amsterdam Science Park

Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan opened Tata Steel’s Amsterdam Science Park office today. Tata Steel focuses on making steel with a higher added value for its customers. Tata Steel researchers will cooperate with innovative, high-tech start-ups at the Amsterdam Science Park to develop and implement new techniques using digital innovations like artificial intelligence. The aim is to produce even higher quality steel. A project has already started in cooperation with start-up Scyfer, a spin-off of the University of Amsterdam.

Hans Fischer, director of Tata Steel in IJmuiden and Chief Technology Officer of Tata Steel in Europe stated: “The cooperation with Scyfer enables us to take the quality of our products to an even higher level. Our office at the Amsterdam Science Park puts us in touch with technological innovations at the early stages of development, which we can jointly develop further to apply them in the steel production process.

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Tata steel is not the only multinational company that decided to set up shop at Amsterdam Science Park recently.  In 2013 ASML, the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM), the University of Amsterdam, the Free University of Amsterdam and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) announced the establishment of the Advanced Research Institute for Nanolithography (ARCNL), which conducts fundamental and applied research in areas that are key to unlocking innovation in the global semiconductor industry. 

In 2014 Dutch image and video recognition start-up Euvision Technologies was acquired by American tech giant Qualcomm, a semiconductor company specialised in wireless telecommunications products and services. In 2015 Qualcomm decided to open a joint research lab with the Science Faculty of the University of Amsterdam at Amsterdam Science Park. This lab is dedicated to machine learning techniques for the processing of sensory data including image recognition on mobile and embedded systems. The research lab is part of the University’s Institute of Informatics.