HERE expands presence in the Netherlands’ innovation hub

Jamie Stevenson
London 51° 30' 23.112" N, -0° 7' 37.956" E" E

As HERE grows and looks to the future, it is vitally important that our offices match our ambition. With this in mind, HERE is delighted to open a new office in Eindhoven, one which represents the growth and success of a company with proud roots in the Netherlands.

The office, which opened yesterday, is located in the Brainport area of the city, known across the world as a hub of technology innovation. Situated near the Technical University, the new office is ideally located to both attract and maintain the talent required to help HERE continue its stellar growth in the region.

 

The move from the previous, smaller office in Veldhoven establishes the Netherlands office as one of the most important facilities for HERE, along with those in Berlin, Seattle, Chicago, Berkeley and Mumbai.

HERE CEO, Edzard Overbeek, attended the opening to witness the company embracing its Dutch roots. Also in attendance were representatives of the Technical University Eindhoven, who we hope to see more of in the future.

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Dutch delight

HERE in the Netherlands has a rich history, and still employs several of the people who helped the company take its very first steps over twenty years ago. Indeed, the first ever product created by HERE (offering a few cities and connecting highways for BMW in Germany), was launched in September 1994 and designed and built in the Dutch office in Best, which was established in 1991.

Since then, the Dutch organisation has continued to grow and currently has around 270 employees, working on projects with a large number of exciting local companies, such as VIA and Maps4News.

HERE in the Netherlands is a diverse, thriving organization, hosting at least 36 different nationalities in this one office. We are proud to work with such talented people, including Connie Sloots, Christophe Manier and Sowmya Gopal, all of whom make a huge contribution to the development and success of the organisation.

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It is these people who will be part of an exciting journey for HERE in the coming years and will hopefully be responsible for innovations that will change the world. During the event, a member of the HERE team remarked that our goal in the 1990s and 2000s was to make paper maps in the car obsolete, and now, it is to make the driver obsolete.

It is this forward-thinking and ambition that has informed our decision to move to this office, and we are confident that the work done here will see HERE realize this vision.

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