13 December 2023

Report General Members Assembly December 2023

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On Dececember 7th one of our most important events of the year, our General Members Assembly (GMA), took place at the Brainport Industries Campus in Eindhoven. Thanks to Brabantse Ontwikkelings Maatschappij (BOM) for hosting the meeting!

After a welcome by Roland Grimm, Program Manager BOM, the formal part of the General Members Assembly started. Frank Jansen highlighted how we will improve and expand our services to the members by cooperation between Lucht- en Ruimtevaart Nederland (LRN), Luchtvaart in Transitie en NAG. The total picture of what the members can expect from the NAG was covered by pitches of:

  • Aad Veenman (LRN, LiT): Supporting Policy-making and cooperation NAG-LRN-LiT
  • Niek Lobé (ministry of MEAC): Roles and instruments of the responsible ministries
  • Jan Verbeek (NAG board): National Collective Business Plan and the Special Interest Groups
  • Kristian van Drimmelen (NAG): Business Development and the value of MoU’s with major customers
  • Liselotte Zoetmulder (NAG): Business Development by Exhibitions and Missions
  • Jan Bos (NLR): International Cooperation for Innovation
  • Vincent de Haes (Young NAG): Keeping young talent in our sector
  • Peter Kortbeek (NAG): Strengthening our eco-system and Valorization

The pitches showed the importance and urgency of the unique situation we are in and the (business) opportunities we can capture. The NAG is currently in an excellent position to intensify its support to the members, capturing the business opportunities we see at hand both in the new aircraft programs as well as in the airport development. In 2024 the NAG will optimize its structure by hiring new employees and intensify the collaboration with LRN and LiT. This moment in time is therefore highly suited to hand over the position of Managing Director to a follow-up. After 24 years of being in the position of MD, Frank Jansen has announced to leave the NAG by December 2024, allowing sufficient time to find and hand over his position to a successor. The rest of the agenda focused on board announcements, introduction of new members (Viba Aerospace & Defense, Dassault Systems 3DS en Skyline Aviation) and budget.

The theme of the informal part of the GMA was Additive Manufacturing (AM) with presentations from Rob van Loon, manager 3D printen KMWE “Additive Manufacturing
Opportunities in Aerospace” and Daniel Hoogstraate, Accountmanager Additive Manufacturing Services for the Netherlands Materialise “Additive Manufacturing in perspective”. After that there were a panel discussion with the speakers, Ingrid van Haaren, Program Manager Additivie Manufacturing at Brainport Development and Harold van Melick, Director Materials Development Stratasys and a guided Tour BIC on the theme Additive Manufacturing. The meeting ended with a network drink.