The Netherlands Signs Mobility Collaboration with Michigan
The US state will partner with Holland to strengthen the mobility sector
A signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Netherlands and the U.S. state of Michigan will strengthen future mobility innovation between both automotive sectors. Mona Keijzer, the State Secretary of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy of the Netherlands, and Rick Snyder, the Governor of Michigan, signed the MoU in Amsterdam. Peter Hoekstra, U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands was also present for the MoU signing, which took place at TomTom’s headquarters.
The agreement outlines ambitions to share research and knowledge on mobility initiatives. It also notes enhancing the interconnected supply chain and deploying more innovative technologies together. Those innovations inclue connected and autonomous vehicles and the use of lightweight materials.
“The Netherlands is a world class supplier for smart mobility and high-tech materials. This MoU gives involved Dutch companies and research institutes extra opportunities to share their innovations with probably the most important automotive state in the U.S.,” said State Secretary Keijzer. “Our collaboration is not only about exchanging innovative technologies. This partnership has also got great economic value for both Michigan and the Netherlands. Together we can improve the interconnection of our shared automotive supply chain.”
Historic Dutch ties in Michigan
This MoU isn’t the first tie Michigan has to the Netherlands. Exports from Michigan to the Netherlands total more than $330 million annually. In addition, more than 515,000 Americans of Dutch descent live in Michigan.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder commented on the MoU, “The similarities between Michigan and the Netherlands in terms of auto advancement and manufacturing innovation are striking, and through cooperation we will continue making great strides. The technology that is enabling connected and autonomous vehicles and new mobility services is moving quickly and it is essential we collaborate to harmonize global policy, regulations and standards to make transportation safe and more accessible for all.”
Holland continues to strengthen innovation within the mobility sector.