RDM Rotterdam is the hotspot for innovation in the port: this is where the manufacturing industry of the future is taking shape. The former shipyard of the Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij (RDM) – where shipbuilders once worked on world-famous vessels like the SS Rotterdam – is now home to a range of exciting private-sector, education and research initiatives. In the heart of the port area – but still surprisingly close to the city centre – they work on a range of innovations that will contribute to a ‘smarter port’. This is complemented by a wide array of business and cultural events, making RDM a uniquely dynamic environment to work in. A location that you should definitely check out!
At RDM, companies have access to cutting-edge facilities and can easily team up with partners in education and research. This acts as a major booster for new innovations. At RDM Rotterdam, you can find a diverse collection of start-ups, SMEs and global players in the maritime and offshore sectors. Over 40 innovative companies – including Ampelmann, Franklin Offshore, Energy Floors and Urban Green – have found a home at RDM.
A special feature of the education facilities at RDM Rotterdam’s Campus is that senior secondary vocational education (mbo) and higher professional education (hbo) programmes can be found working together under the same roof. The students can make use of state-of-the-art facilities, labs and equipment. And since they often work on real-life projects, working at RDM has a positive effect on their job prospects too. This makes RDM an interesting location for talented students and encourages young people to opt for a technical degree programme.
RDM’s mix of history, port and industry makes it an inspiring setting for business and cultural events. From workshops, meetings, trade events and conferences to festivals and exhibitions that are enhanced by RDM’s innovative and technical atmosphere. The multi-purpose rooms of the Conference Centre and the Onderzeebootloods (Submarine Wharf) can accommodate anywhere from 5 to 5,000 visitors.
Together with Merwe-Vierhavens, RDM Rotterdam is part of the Rotterdam Innovation District. The Port of Rotterdam Authority and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences bear joint responsibility for its further development.