Representatives of the manufacturing industry were received on 15 January 2019 at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam during the New Year's reception of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima.
The royal couple and Princess Beatrix and the responsible minister also entered into conversation with about 40 guests to discuss the problems and challenges in their sector. In the manufacturing industry, where raw materials are processed commercially with the help of machines, to make semi-finished or finished products, the lack of skilled personnel is one of the bottlenecks.
Director of Kiremko, Paul Oosterlaken, was also present to share his vision on this. In the metal sector, it is clear that there is a shortage of skilled personnel. Paul indicates a number of causes for this, such as the shortage of good technical educations and the tendency to want to send students to higher education as much as possible.
Especially for this occasion, Kiremko had a red knife block made for exhibition during the event. The knife blocks are used for cutting potatoes into French fries and are an example of the innovative systems that Kiremko develops for the processing of potatoes.
The Dutch speech of King Willem-Alexander that he gave during the New Year's reception for the Dutch guests in the Royal Palace Amsterdam can be found here. (in Dutch!)