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chain work closely together to improve transition efficiency, reduce production time and therefore save money,” she explains Having worked with many different companies in the technical sectors, vekon is in the perfect position to help with the management and logistics of the industrial supply chain. vermeulen: “We take a step back and try to pin point where the chain can be improved. Especially in the Netherlands where staff is expensive, a slight reduction of the time-tomarket can lead to significant savings. This is another way for us to produce added value.”
Looking into the future At the moment, vekon is also considering some of the challenges lying ahead and how to resolve these. With an aging work force and limited new talent coming in, vermeulen is anticipating a rising shortage of staff and knowledge within the next decade. She says: “Somehow doing a technical course has gone out of fashion, and hardly any institution in the Netherlands still offers the right degree. I think it would help to promote our industry better: Being part of a world class manufacturing industry is much more than just constructing. And to resolve the current lack of new trainees coming in, it is important for us to automate more processes.”
Netherlands are currently in the process of creating a united association. “So far no such comprehensive organisation existed. With the 10,000 people in the control panel branch working together we will be able to tackle these future challenges more effectively,” she states. Especially good and open communication can help to lift the industry to new heights. With 22 years of experience in the technical branch, vermeulen believes that now more than ever, it is important to have a good mix of men and women in the industry. “Of course, everyone should do what they enjoy and are good at. But in a male-dominated industry such as this, there is often room for improvement in terms of communication and cooperation, and women tend to be better in these fields,” she says. “In the Netherlands, we make magnificent things and together we will continue to do so.” www.vekon.nl
Instead of manually wiring, milling and welding, some of these processes can now be done automatically by a pre-programmed machine and this can be expanded in the future. Also segmentation could help the industry to stay on top of the work load and stay competitive globally. “Instead of a highly experienced engineer doing the entire job, others can take care of assembly and the engineer only does the testing. This can save time and gets the most out of our top engineers,” vermeulen explains.
A sector united To overcome these challenges as a branch, the 80 companies that operate in the technical assembly sector in the
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