Japanese multinational Shimano will relocate its European head office to Eindhoven’s High Tech Campus (HTC) on January 1st, 2017.
The cycling, rowing, and fishing equipment manufacturer chose the HTC in view of the presence of young talent and focus on innovation, as well as the importance of being based in global business environment.
President Marc van Rooij said "This leading European Brainport region has developed a strong cluster of companies and knowledge institutes in the field of sports, technology and design. By establishing ourselves in the area, we strengthen our strategic position, increase our opportunities for the recruitment of international talent and have optimal benefit from the high-tech facilities and international networks in Eindhoven."
The HTC is currently home to 135 companies and institutes, employing a total of 10,000 researchers, developers and entrepreneurs from 85 countries. New York’s Intelligence Forum named Eindhoven "the world’s smartest region" in 2011.
HTC owner Marcel Boekhoorn welcomed Shimano’s move, saying "It is good for the Brainport region and fantastic for the campus. I see it as a ‘perfect match’ on the cutting edge of Eindhoven’s strength: sports, technology and design. It also reinforces our connection with the Japanese technology and business network. I look forward to new forms of cooperation that will undoubtedly arise between Shimano and the companies on the campus and in the region."
Mayor of Eindhoven Rob van Gijzel was also positive, commenting that "Shimano and Eindhoven are perfect partners. Together with the Brabant Development Agency (BOM) and Brainport Development, we highlighted the fact that the High Tech Campus suits them so well. And now the most important phase will start – making those connections that our region is famed for. We are ready to support Shimano in this respect."
Editing: Nicola Wood