Eindhoven News https://eindhovennews.com News source for internationals Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:30:59 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://eindhovennews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/cropped-Eindhoven-News-Red-symbol-1-1-32x32.png Eindhoven News https://eindhovennews.com 32 32 ASML approaching 12,000 employees in Veldhoven https://eindhovennews.com/news/2018/08/asml-approaching-12000-employees-in-veldhoven/ https://eindhovennews.com/news/2018/08/asml-approaching-12000-employees-in-veldhoven/#respond Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:30:59 +0000 https://eindhovennews.com/?p=24678

There is no measure of the explosive growth of ASML, next quarter the Veldhoven business will have 12,000 employees. At this moment, between 200

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There is no measure of the explosive growth of ASML, next quarter the Veldhoven business will have 12,000 employees.

At this moment, between 200 and 250 new people are accepted every month at the chip machine manufacturer. Before the summer the counter stood at 11,350 FTE (fulltime-equivalent) in Veldhoven and 21,400 worldwide. Monique Mols from ASML expects to reach 12,000 employees by the end of September.

Due to the growth of the workforce at ASML, the company is starting to get crowded. There is still limited space on the locations at De Run in Veldhoven, the Flight Forum, High Tech Campus and Kempenbaan. ‘We have to shift here and there and we have also built new offices above the cleanrooms for the new EUV machines, but we are certainly looking for an expansion,’ says Mols.

EUV
The explosive growth of ASML in recent years is mainly due to the development of EUV machines. The new chip machines make it possible to produce faster chips. Besides the fact that a whole new production line has been set up for it, the machines are still being developed. The Veldhoven company is also working on the development of a new EUV machine.

Expats
102 different nationalities now work at ASML. Half of the staff has a nationality other than the Dutch one. Monique Mols emphasizes once again that the Dutch labor market cannot keep up with the growth of the chip machine manufacturer.

That is why ASML gets a lot of technically trained personnel from abroad, especially engineers. ‘It is hard work for us to find people with the right technical background,’ says Mols. The Veldhoven company is succeeding well, because even though there is a huge amount of vacancies open, the company is not yet faced with a shortage of personnel that impedes the growth of the company.

Source: Studio40

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Damage to heather due to weeks of drought https://eindhovennews.com/news/2018/08/damage-to-heather-due-to-weeks-of-drought/ https://eindhovennews.com/news/2018/08/damage-to-heather-due-to-weeks-of-drought/#respond Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:29:50 +0000 https://eindhovennews.com/?p=24675

Although it has rained for a number of days, the consequences of the drought on the Strabrechtse Heide are still clearly visible. The weeks

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Although it has rained for a number of days, the consequences of the drought on the Strabrechtse Heide are still clearly visible.

The weeks of drought and high temperatures have severely affected parts of the heathland. Many heather plants, but also trees and shrubs have suffered from the heat. The heather is brown in many places instead of purple. ‘Especially plants that are higher, further from the groundwater, have a hard time. It is difficult to say how long it takes for heath to be restored here. It can take a year, but also longer, “says Erik Schram from Staatsbosbeheer.

Animals and insects also have a hard time. Schram: ‘Insects normally end up on the flowering heath for food, but many plants have dried up. It is not easy for animals such as roe deer, foxes, rabbits and badgers. The water level in fens had dropped considerably in recent weeks. ‘

Staatsbosbeheer also takes measures to make it easier for animals and young trees. For example, additional water containers have been set up for the Highland cattle. Also, 3500 trees that were planned in the spring received extra water.

In total, the Strabrechtse Heide is 1850 hectares. That’s about the size of 3500 football fields.

Source: Studio040

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New initiative against youth loneliness https://eindhovennews.com/news/2018/08/new-initiative-against-youth-loneliness/ https://eindhovennews.com/news/2018/08/new-initiative-against-youth-loneliness/#respond Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:25:56 +0000 https://eindhovennews.com/?p=24672

A new initiative will start in Eindhoven next month to combat loneliness among youth. The organization Join Us and youth workers of Buro Cement

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A new initiative will start in Eindhoven next month to combat loneliness among youth.

The organization Join Us and youth workers of Buro Cement will help teenagers and people in their twenties to make friends during workshops. Every two weeks youth will meet at Blixems neighborhood center in the north of the city. They will watch movies and play games there, but also learn from tutors how they can improve their self-image and their social skills.

The workshops are aimed at young people between the ages of 18 and 25. Ten percent suffer from loneliness in this target group, according to Join Us.

Source: Studio040

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Dutch pilots union threatens KLM https://eindhovennews.com/news/2018/08/dutch-pilots-union-threatens-klm/ https://eindhovennews.com/news/2018/08/dutch-pilots-union-threatens-klm/#respond Tue, 14 Aug 2018 08:00:06 +0000 https://eindhovennews.com/?p=24656

Dutch media reported Monday, the VNV (the Dutch union representing pilots flying for various companies) threatens with labour actions, if KLM does not meet

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Dutch media reported Monday, the VNV (the Dutch union representing pilots flying for various companies) threatens with labour actions, if KLM does not meet with KLM-pilots before Friday. The two sides are in the middle of negotiations to reach collective agreements.

Difficult negotiations

The media learned about the possible break-down of negotions from a letter sent by the union to its members. A trade union spokesperson confirmed the negotiations between union and KLM were proceeding slowly and with great difficlty. The union offered its final proposal, but also stated it has no concrete plans for actions.

The union and its members want a reduction in the current workload. Dutch media cited from the sent letter: “KLM does not seem to realise how widespread the dissatisfaction among its pilots is and that acute adjustments are needed with regard to work pressure. … If KLM does not agree with our proposal, we will start introducing work interruptions.”

The pilots’ union and KLM have been negotiating a new collective labour agreement for months now. An agreement was reached at the beginning of May, but union members rejected this preliminary agreement. The rejection ensured little progress was made in the ensuing months.

French threat

KLM acknowledges that the negotiations are in a difficult phase. The airline also says that it takes the pilots’ objections seriously.

Air France-KLM’s share price fell by around six per cent on the stock markets Monday morning. This seems to be caused by the VNV’s threat, but also because French pilots already announced new strikes on Sunday.

Ryanair

At the start of August, pilots from various Ryanair Holdings favoured strike-actions. The company faced walkouts in at least five countries over pay-rise and work-conditions. Dutch VNV Ryanair pilots backed their German colleagues. The VNV represents 40 Ryanair pilots at Eindhoven airport.

German Ryanair pilots and employees voted for actions against their employer, proving employees are increasingly dissatisfied. Earlier, the company had to cancel around 600 flights due to strikes by its Irish pilots; as well as cabin crew in Portugal, Spain, Belgium and Italy. Strikes by employees elsewhere followed.

Eindhoven Airport’s Ryanair passengers hardly noticed disruptions. As reporterde earlier by Eindhoven News, the company employed pilots from other European countries to fly some of its scheduled flights from the airport. A few of its Dutch pilots flew flights as well.

The dispute between Ryanair and its Dutch pilots seems more of a problem than negotions and ultimatum KLM faces. The VNV demands Ryanair will abide by Dutch labor laws, end involuntary transfers of staff to other countries, provide sick pay and improve the company’s pension plan.

Keep an eye on official announcements

People who have booked KLM flights, may have to keep an eye on further developments and official announcements. Media earlier reported that according to Dutch union rules, pilots are required to give 12 hours notice ahead of any strike. In other European countries, 24 hours notice or other rules apply.

Sources: NOS and other media

Translator: Kate

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Ryan Thomas joins training session https://eindhovennews.com/news/2018/08/ryan-thomas-joins-training-session/ https://eindhovennews.com/news/2018/08/ryan-thomas-joins-training-session/#respond Tue, 14 Aug 2018 06:00:17 +0000 https://eindhovennews.com/?p=24653

Brand new PSV’er Ryan Thomas was caught training at the Herdgang for the first time, Monday. He joined PSV’s main team for a training

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Brand new PSV’er Ryan Thomas was caught training at the Herdgang for the first time, Monday. He joined PSV’s main team for a training session.

Just before the weekend, it became known he was to join PSV. Some formalities had to be completed before he was allowed to join PSV. These included a medical examination.

Thomas will join PSV’s midfield players and previously played for PEC Zwolle.
The official presentation will take place later this week.

Source: Studio 040

Translator: Kate

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wedowe workshops in Eindhoven https://eindhovennews.com/events/2018/08/wedowe-workshops-in-eindhoven/ https://eindhovennews.com/events/2018/08/wedowe-workshops-in-eindhoven/#respond Mon, 13 Aug 2018 21:15:23 +0000 https://eindhovennews.com/?p=24669

WEDOWE hosts a series of unique worskshops in Eindhoven, during the September and October. Wedowe is an innovative organisation that supports social projects. Their

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WEDOWE hosts a series of unique worskshops in Eindhoven, during the September and October. Wedowe is an innovative organisation that supports social projects. Their workshops offer a non traditional learning experience. You can sign up till August 20.

Their “pluswhat deal” is an adventurous 6 weeks trajectory in Eindhoven for young creatives who want to take their skills to the next level but need an extra hand to do so.

In “pluswhat deal” you invest in yourself and find out more about who you are, while making an impact to the world around you.

The commitment is of 6 workshops of 4 hours, with the possibility to work during the week in the presence of professionals.

The goal of the deal is to let our participants learn how to make a video from beginning to end, going through the phases of conceptualization, script-writing, production management, and of course shooting and editing. At the same time they are encouraged to explore ways to combine their talents and to share a message about what makes them feel uncomfortable about the world.

The pluswhat deal consists of a series of 6 four-hour workshops, with the possibility of working outside of the workshop hours at our office space, while being in the presence of professionals. Find here the form to sign-up (pls note its a Dutch version).

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New Neighbours Festival at TAC https://eindhovennews.com/events/2018/08/new-neighbours-festival-at-tac/ https://eindhovennews.com/events/2018/08/new-neighbours-festival-at-tac/#respond Mon, 13 Aug 2018 20:13:17 +0000 https://eindhovennews.com/?p=24666

TAC welcomes our new neighbours at the Vonderweg on Sunday September 2nd. The event starts at 13.00 and the admission is free. Lot’s of

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TAC welcomes our new neighbours at the Vonderweg on Sunday September 2nd. The event starts at 13.00 and the admission is free.

Lot’s of new neighbours here had to fled their home countries. Many newcomers bring a rich culture of music, art and food here. Time to discover that while you’ll enjoy this festival together.

This festival offers you the cuisine of the Middle-East. There will be incredible live bands from Syria, Eritrea and many other countries, who will play a mix of traditional and modern fused world crossover music. Join the Dabke workshop for the highly recommendable Arabic group dance.

Kids are most welcome too! Our little friends can enjoy various activities in the kidsroom. Think art, pictures and making cool wristbands together.

This is interacting with each other in an relaxed atmosphere in the garden of TAC. Cultural differences can be seen as an obstacle, but they sure are enriching. We’ll see you there.

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Geldrop will turn pink https://eindhovennews.com/news/2018/08/geldrop-will-turn-pink/ https://eindhovennews.com/news/2018/08/geldrop-will-turn-pink/#respond Mon, 13 Aug 2018 19:00:49 +0000 https://eindhovennews.com/?p=24649

Geldrop-Mierlo will turn pink. It will host an event for homosexuals, transgenders and lesbians this weekend. The event is called the Geldrops Pride. There

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Geldrop-Mierlo will turn pink. It will host an event for homosexuals, transgenders and lesbians this weekend.

The event is called the Geldrops Pride. There will be music, including from a large samba band, as well as Drag Queens.

The event will take place at the Horecaplein in the center of Geldrop, Sunday 19th of August.

Source: Studio 040

Translator: Kate

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Less visitors for Park Hilaria https://eindhovennews.com/news/2018/08/less-visitors-for-park-hilaria/ https://eindhovennews.com/news/2018/08/less-visitors-for-park-hilaria/#respond Mon, 13 Aug 2018 14:30:31 +0000 https://eindhovennews.com/?p=24645

Park Hilaria welcomed less visitors this year. Eindhoven’s annual summer fair suffered from August’s heatwave. The seventeenth edition of the fair attracted 450,000 visitors

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Park Hilaria welcomed less visitors this year. Eindhoven’s annual summer fair suffered from August’s heatwave.

The seventeenth edition of the fair attracted 450,000 visitors in ten days. This is slightly less than in previous years. The weather simply did not help Park Hilaria. The first day it was extremely hot and Thursday it rained a lot.

According to the organization, the seventeenth edition of the fair was a success anyway. The afternoons remained slightly less busy due to the heat. The evenings however, were far busier. This year, there were no incidents at the fair either.

The most popular attractions this year, were the Disco Jumper XXL and the Gladiator. among the most spectacular attractions, these two were extremely popular and busy and the favourites of visitors

New this year was the VR-Experience and the Zanzibar, which joined Park Hilaria for the first time. Good to know and to jot down in your 2019 diary: the fair will take place from the second till 11th of August next year.

Source: Studio 040

Translator: Kate

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Youngsters start at third Young Brainport Summer School https://eindhovennews.com/news/2018/08/youngsters-start-at-third-young-brainport-summer-school/ https://eindhovennews.com/news/2018/08/youngsters-start-at-third-young-brainport-summer-school/#respond Mon, 13 Aug 2018 13:15:57 +0000 https://eindhovennews.com/?p=24641

Eindhoven’s third edition of Young Brainport Summerschool started this weekend. This week, about forty talented young people from 20 different countries take part in

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Eindhoven’s third edition of Young Brainport Summerschool started this weekend.

This week, about forty talented young people from 20 different countries take part in the special summerschool. They will see, hear, experience what our Brainport Region has to offer. This includes innovative, educational, cultural and social aspects.

The youngsters will be introduced to research and development, innovation, educational and knowledge institutions; as well as to the business community. They will also take part in social and cultural activities.

Through a varied programme, the region wants to ensure these young international ambassadors will share their impressions of Brainport Eindhoven with other possible future students and employees. The ultimate goal is to ensure this region will continue to be an innovative leader and remain a technological hotspot.

Labour market

At the moment, this is a real challenge. The region continues to experience a considerable shortage on the labour market. Many companies, particularly in the high-tech sector, have a problem finding enough skilled employees. This causes these companies to look abroad and attract foreign employees.

“This is why promoting and attracting the largest possible pool of extremely talented students from the Netherlands and abroad, is so very important. This summerschool is one of the ways which may help realise such a special talents-pool,” says Yvonne van Hest of Brainport.

Priority

Attracting young talent is also one of the priorities listed in the Brainport Nationale Actieagenda. This plan was presented to representatives of political parties from the Dutch Tweede Kamer last year. An increasing number of training courses in the region also seeks to connect with the local high-tech sector. Schools and high-tech sector hope to inspire pupils to opt for technical studies or tech-jobs.

Source: Studio 040

Translator: Kate

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