Deutschland-Nederland iPro-noord


Development of Intelligent Products Netherlands-Germany

iPro-noord stimulated the development of intelligent products and production processes, and offered a first step towards cooperation in the Dutch-German border region. The many small and medium-sized enterprises in the border region are highly responsible for the prosperity of the region. Continuously innovating and improving and offering new products on the market strengthens their competitive position and therefore provides continuity for the companies. This project started in January 2016 and was completed four years later in December 2019.

Five steps from idea to prototype

The program had several phases, from the initial idea to the construction of a prototype. Depending on the phase of the innovation, one or more steps could also be skipped. The project offered companies in the work area of the EUREGIO and the Euregio Eems-Dollard subsidies on external and own costs for innovations that result in prototypes of intelligent products. The phases that SMEs could go through were: 1. Intake interview, 2. Deepening interview, 3. Concept development, 4. Feasibility study, and 5. Development project (construction of a prototype).

iPro-noord was especially for SMEs:
– with innovative project ideas;
– in the Dutch-German border area;
– ready for cross-border cooperation.

iPro-noord offers support:
– from concept to prototype development;
– with know-how and subsidy;
– in cooperation with partners across the border;
– with a cross-border network.


The prototypes developed under the iPro-noord flag and participating companies are diverse in nature: from the development of an electrically powered transport bike to transport a loaded pallet, to making extraction systems on cruise ships more energy efficient. And from the intelligent facades of buildings that themselves indicate when maintenance is required, to increasing the range of wired pick-and-place robots:

iPro-noord participant Nijland Cycling develops and produces specialised bicycles. The company from Heeten, Overijssel, focused in the iPro-noord project on the development of a bicycle that can transport loaded pallets: the Delivery Bike XL. This is the working name of the prototype that Nijland Cycling has developed. The bicycle must be able to transport a fully loaded pallet, up to a weight of 300 kilograms. In this way, Nijland is responding to the increasing demand for new forms of sustainable transport and means of transport. Thanks to cooperation with the German partner DNL-Mobiel GmbH, the development of the prototype went optimally.

The German company Wagener Gastronomieproduktion is an engineering company and works among other things on innovative solutions for the shipping sector. Within the INTERREG project iPro-noord, Wagener focused on the development of intelligent, energy-efficient and safer extractor hoods for cruise ships. The main challenge was to cool and control the air extraction in order to reduce energy consumption and increase the effectiveness of the system. Within the project a cooperation with the Hochschule Osnabrück has been made, they helped to carry out the necessary measurements and calculations which were important for the optimisation of the extractor hood. The participation in iPro-noord has provided a lot of new knowledge, perspectives and also new insights.

Alkondor is a facade specialist from Hengelo. The company develops complete facades from design to product and focuses on innovation, sustainability and circularity. For the development of a prototype of an intelligent facade, Alkondor appealed to the subsidy possibilities of iPro-noord. This enables them to make the product smarter and more flexible, to keep more and more data up to date and ultimately to work towards predictable maintenance. Alkondor worked on the iPro-noord project together with Schüco Bielefeld, a German developer and supplier of facade systems. They helped to make the transition to a circular product possible.

Within iPro-noord, Mercatronics GmbH has concentrated itself on the development of a large scale cable-based pick-and-place robot. Until now there were no cable-based pick-and-place robots on the market. They have tried to fill this gap by developing such a robot that is also suitable for use in larger workspaces. An additional advantage of cable-based robots is that they consume a lot less energy and are therefore much more efficient than conventional pick-and-place robots. Within iPro-noord, Mercatronics has collaborated with Robomotive BV, a Dutch supplier of robot parts. They tested the system for applicability and also validated it. In addition, they worked together in the field of product optimisation.

Results in General

Because of the relatively high risk, it is often a big step for SMEs to invest in development. The financial contribution of iPro-noord covered up to 50% of the costs. This allowed entrepreneurs to partially finance a concept development, feasibility study, or the construction of a prototype. Important steps towards the marketing of new products. In total, more than 9 million euros were invested in innovation and generated the programme more than 5.2 million euros from the business community itself. Over the past four years iPro-noord has supported a total of more than 140 entrepreneurs and at least 2500 entrepreneurs have been sensitized.

During the iPro-noord period, no fewer than 470 companies participated in intake interviews (phase 1), and 304 depth interviews (phase 2) were held. Subsequently, 48 companies went through the concept development phase (phase 3). In addition, 48 companies started working on a feasibility study (phase 4) and ultimately 65 entrepreneurs now own a prototype thanks to participation in the development process (phase 5).

All this was only possible because of the innovative spirit of the entrepreneurs from the border region, the support of iPro-noord and its partners and the effective cooperation that made the step across the border smaller for everyone.

Under the INTERREG V A programme Deutschland-Nederland, iPro-noord was supported by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The project was co-financed by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, the provinces of Drenthe, Friesland, Gelderland, Groningen and Overijssel, the Ministerium für Bundes- und Europaangelegenheiten und Regionale Entwicklung – Europa für Niedersachsen, and Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Innovation, Digitalisierung und Energie des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen. The partners working together within iPro-noord were: Oost NL (lead partner), Emsland GmbH, Novel T, Münsterland e.V., TAFH Münster and Technologie Centrum Noord-Nederland (TCNN).


Planned project costs

12.039.618,18 €

Project Duration

1.1.2016 - 31.12.2019


Increase of cross-border innovation in the programme area

Lead Partner

Oost NL - Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Oost Nederland NV

Project partners

Münsterland e.V., DNL-contact Gmbh & Co KG, Mercatronics GmbH, R. Wessendorf Agrar-Service u. Handel GmbH & Co. KG, Stichting Novel-T, Protyp B.V., TechnologieCentrum Noord-Nederland, Emsland GmbH, Deelnemende ondernemingen , Qmicro BV, QC1 GmbH, TAFH Münster GmbH, dkon systeme GmbH, MEM Maschinenbau GmbH, Loratec B.V. (declareert tot 31-06-2019 i.v.m. naamswijziging. Gaat verder onder de naam Teneo IoT BV), Prange B.V., Kraso GmbH & Co. KG, Machinefabriek Boessenkool B.V., ADLER Arbeitsmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG, Mts Van der Veen, NECUMER GmbH, Greenpoint Solutions BV, Farmax Metaaltechniek BV, VyCap BV, Nijland Cycling BV, Weijland Technologies BV, Pol Tegelzettersbedrijf, Sophisticated Systems BV, 3isim BV, Wagener Gastronomieproducten GmbH, LAB Lüftungs- und Anlagenbau GmbH, Alco-food-Machines GmbH & CO KG, Innotronic Elektronische Systeme GmbH, Dalumer Trocknungwerk GmbH & CO KG, Van Raam BV, Berghuis GmbH, Witec Fijnmechanische Techniek BV, ImplanTec Deutschland, KUIPERS CNC - Blechtechnik GmbH & Co. KG, ACT Machinery BV, Finti BV, Ortega Submersibles BV, Use-Lab GmbH, Indes, GEO-Reinigungstechnik GmbH, Hagedorn Software Engineering GmbH, Variotech GmbH, Confiserie Rabbel GmbH, Process Instruments BV, Inmaco Solutions (voorheen Inmaco BV), Hilmar Industries BV, Hilmar Solutions BV, Fancom BV, EEO Tech GmbH, Jensen Greiftechnik GmbH , Tailorlux GmbH, VIDERO AG, Abalight GmbH, OralHealthCare, Kick Point Spiel, Sport, Geräte GmbH, Hof Eggenhaus, CH Energy Zernike BV, Hulst Innovation Cable Equipment BV, Omnidots BV, Pipe Proteq BV, E-Naval Heeg BV, SuWoTec BV, Mic-O-Data BV, Lappset Nederland BV (HODN Yalp), Conway Nederland BV, Prymaxx, CCS B, Mach C Solutions BV, DNL Mobiel GmbH, Alia Instruments BV, Ellipsis Games EQ B.V., OTS Racing, REW GmbH, B.E.S.GmbH & Co.KG, emcal Wärmesysteme GmbH, O4 Wheelchair, 3D services GmbH, Drabo Hardenberg B.V., Opiliones 3D B.V., Builders Mind UG, MassSpecPecD, Hibernis BV, Jara Stahl- und Systembau GmbH, Stevens idé partners BV, Opti Rend Admin B.V., TIS Technische Informationssysteme GmbH, XPERT Consulting + Management GmbH, Kater GmbH, Jüke Systemtechnik GmbH, Snijtech BV, Alkondor Hengelo BV, Luftkurholz b.v., PharCoNa® GmbH , Grijsen Project BV, iotec GmbH, Machinefabriek DT Dijkstra B.V., Enershi BV, EVORION Biotechnologies GmbH, Firma Wilhelm Severt Machinenbau GmbH, EDL Rethschulte GmbH, Alkondor Geveltechniek, Alkondor Innovatie BV, LEDdriven BV, MAKU products BV, MMB Maschinen Montage & Betriebsmitteltechnik GmbH, AVG Wegenbouw Heijen BV, Sauerstoffwerk Steinfurt E. Howe GmbH & Co. KG, Reinders GmbH, Johannes Gellenbeck Tischlerei GbR, NanoPhysics B.V., TM Bolz GmbH, Maatschap Nijkamp-Marsman, Twinsense 360 BV, PLT Products, groepspraktijk Ed Wender Bv, Exquip GmbH, B. Lukkien Holding B.V., Berky GmbH, ieQ-systems GmbH&Co.KG, Rattay Metallschlauch und Kompensatorentechnik GmbH, TECDOORS Türenmanufactur GmbH, Tischlerei Holzart, Reinders Aalten Holding BV, Alteepping Trading, Alme Machinen und metallbau GmbH, MVK GmbH & CoKG, Proxmo BV/Feniks Holding BV, Vtel ICT BV, Berghof Membrane Technology GmbH, baqua GmbH, Repak Holding BV, WiredWorkers Nederland B.V., Rumaad B.V., JSC Code Studio BV, Technology Unlimited, MGMG Holding B.V., VB Airsuspension BV, Rokossa GmbH, RIWO Engineering B.V., Emsflower GmbH , Metalfinish Group BV, TERZ Industrial Electronics GmbH, Marinminds B.V., Morris Solutions B.V., Snijtech assemblage nr.1, Snijtech assemblage nr.2, nordprofil Deutschland GmbH & Co KG, Biotransfer B.V., Hiscaf Investment BV, Teneo IoT BV (declareert vanaf 01-07-2019 i.v.m. naamswijziging. Was voorheen Loratec BV), VB Research and Development BVttttttttttttttttt, VB Customer Development BV, VB System Development BV, Z-Tech Solutions BV, Biederlack GmbH+Co. KG, Heide Gas Aero GmbH, Deelnemende ondernemingen SUB,


Financer Amount
AVG Wegenbouw Heijen BV 0,00 €
Oost NL - Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Oost Nederland NV 0,00 €
Process Instruments BV 0,00 €
VIDERO AG 2.500,00 €
Protyp B.V. 2.700,00 €
DNL-contact Gmbh & Co KG 4.239,00 €
OralHealthCare 5.000,00 €
Hulst Innovation Cable Equipment BV 9.680,00 €
Sauerstoffwerk Steinfurt E. Howe GmbH & Co. KG 11.891,03 €
ieQ-systems GmbH&Co.KG 15.102,60 €
Witec Fijnmechanische Techniek BV 16.115,00 €
Vtel ICT BV 18.738,00 €
EDL Rethschulte GmbH 80.997,95 €
dkon systeme GmbH 82.642,96 €
Biederlack GmbH+Co. KG 0,00 €
Jensen Greiftechnik GmbH 2.497,50 €
Alme Machinen und metallbau GmbH 2.500,00 €
Rattay Metallschlauch und Kompensatorentechnik GmbH 5.221,87 €
MAKU products BV 8.268,75 €
Ellipsis Games EQ B.V. 14.515,00 €
Snijtech assemblage nr.1 29.452,50 €
PLT Products 65.687,80 €
3D services GmbH 73.484,41 €
EEO Tech GmbH 170.894,75 €
EFRE / EFRO 4.833.873,43 €
Fancom BV 540,00 €
XPERT Consulting + Management GmbH 2.500,00 €
Marinminds B.V. 11.961,00 €
MGMG Holding B.V. 22.758,75 €
Tailorlux GmbH 27.081,40 €
Provincie Fryslân 49.471,79 €
Snijtech BV 51.637,50 €
WiredWorkers Nederland B.V. 82.278,27 €
Machinefabriek Boessenkool B.V. 92.555,51 €
Qmicro BV 144.949,19 €
Nijland Cycling BV 200.587,37 €
MWIDE NRW 353.367,75 €
VB System Development BV 0,00 €
CH Energy Zernike BV 2.470,87 €
Van Raam BV 5.000,00 €
R. Wessendorf Agrar-Service u. Handel GmbH & Co. KG 8.181,00 €
REW GmbH 10.725,00 €
Alkondor Geveltechniek 16.653,00 €
Morris Solutions B.V. 52.645,94 €
RIWO Engineering B.V. 74.863,16 €
Wagener Gastronomieproducten GmbH 75.279,08 €
Omnidots BV 79.352,87 €
Farmax Metaaltechniek BV 80.958,29 €
Deelnemende ondernemingen SUB 0,00 €
Innotronic Elektronische Systeme GmbH 2.000,00 €
TIS Technische Informationssysteme GmbH 2.500,00 €
JSC Code Studio BV 3.952,50 €
Reinders GmbH 7.830,00 €
Jüke Systemtechnik GmbH 12.017,12 €
MEM Maschinenbau GmbH 12.347,56 €
Kick Point Spiel, Sport, Geräte GmbH 17.315,00 €
QC1 GmbH 24.246,00 €
Provincie Groningen 49.471,79 €
Proxmo BV/Feniks Holding BV 50.362,50 €
Tischlerei Holzart 54.566,52 €
O4 Wheelchair 70.283,40 €
Provincie Overijssel 93.288,92 €
MB Niedersachsen 353.367,75 €
LEDdriven BV 0,00 €
3isim BV 2.475,00 €
NECUMER GmbH 6.810,82 €
B. Lukkien Holding B.V. 7.497,00 €
emcal Wärmesysteme GmbH 7.539,00 €
NanoPhysics B.V. 15.120,00 €
nordprofil Deutschland GmbH & Co KG 17.831,22 €
Alkondor Innovatie BV 33.981,00 €
PharCoNa® GmbH 34.240,50 €
Hagedorn Software Engineering GmbH 37.325,18 €
Provincie Gelderland 40.990,28 €
Mercatronics GmbH 57.375,97 €
Pipe Proteq BV 60.579,86 €
Repak Holding BV 80.424,15 €
Hiscaf Investment BV 0,00 €
Münsterland e.V. 0,00 €
VB Research and Development BV 0,00 €
Variotech GmbH 2.402,24 €
ACT Machinery BV 2.500,00 €
Prymaxx 7.656,03 €
Emsflower GmbH 9.014,27 €
Mach C Solutions BV 10.271,10 €
KUIPERS CNC - Blechtechnik GmbH & Co. KG 13.140,00 €
Alkondor Hengelo BV 25.160,01 €
Loratec B.V. (declareert tot 31-06-2019 i.v.m. naamswijziging. Gaat verder onder de naam Teneo IoT BV) 44.168,75 €
TECDOORS Türenmanufactur GmbH 46.470,75 €
Metalfinish Group BV 78.987,75 €
Builders Mind UG 83.306,25 €
Alia Instruments BV 0,00 €
Finti BV 0,00 €
Berky GmbH 1.200,00 €
Use-Lab GmbH 2.413,50 €
Heide Gas Aero GmbH 3.408,75 €
Z-Tech Solutions BV 5.173,20 €
Mts Van der Veen 12.180,00 €
Sophisticated Systems BV 17.641,80 €
Stevens idé partners BV 28.205,00 €
Kater GmbH 33.712,86 €
TERZ Industrial Electronics GmbH 70.845,45 €
iotec GmbH 76.262,47 €
Inmaco Solutions (voorheen Inmaco BV) 87.904,87 €
GEO-Reinigungstechnik GmbH 96.785,28 €
Stichting Novel-T 0,00 €
VB Customer Development BV 0,00 €
Opti Rend Admin B.V. 2.100,00 €
Pol Tegelzettersbedrijf 2.500,00 €
Maatschap Nijkamp-Marsman 10.756,00 €
Abalight GmbH 11.475,00 €
Rumaad B.V. 11.742,74 €
baqua GmbH 12.100,00 €
Snijtech assemblage nr.2 12.690,00 €
Conway Nederland BV 14.556,88 €
groepspraktijk Ed Wender Bv 23.553,75 €
ImplanTec Deutschland 23.612,00 €
Opiliones 3D B.V. 61.752,50 €
MassSpecPecD 80.781,22 €
Alco-food-Machines GmbH & CO KG 103.270,72 €
Kraso GmbH & Co. KG 191.530,98 €
Ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat 424.039,95 €
Hilmar Solutions BV 0,00 €
OTS Racing 0,00 €
TAFH Münster GmbH 0,00 €
Teneo IoT BV (declareert vanaf 01-07-2019 i.v.m. naamswijziging. Was voorheen Loratec BV) 0,00 €
Confiserie Rabbel GmbH 2.500,00 €
Indes 2.500,00 €
Grijsen Project BV 7.215,00 €
Firma Wilhelm Severt Machinenbau GmbH 13.608,00 €
DNL Mobiel GmbH 13.662,00 €
Exquip GmbH 14.877,00 €
Ortega Submersibles BV 23.582,50 €
Johannes Gellenbeck Tischlerei GbR 23.868,00 €
CCS B 81.076,82 €
Drabo Hardenberg B.V. 86.257,23 €
Berghuis GmbH 94.244,63 €
VyCap BV 96.157,55 €
Hibernis BV 165.079,70 €
Deelnemende ondernemingen 0,00 €
Emsland GmbH 0,00 €
Hilmar Industries BV 0,00 €
Rokossa GmbH 0,00 €
TechnologieCentrum Noord-Nederland 0,00 €
Greenpoint Solutions BV 2.300,00 €
Hof Eggenhaus 2.400,00 €
Alteepping Trading 2.500,00 €
Weijland Technologies BV 2.500,00 €
MVK GmbH & CoKG 8.529,00 €
Reinders Aalten Holding BV 12.777,50 €
MMB Maschinen Montage & Betriebsmitteltechnik GmbH 20.250,00 €
TM Bolz GmbH 24.866,99 €
Provincie Drenthe 49.471,79 €
ADLER Arbeitsmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG 59.790,23 €
Berghof Membrane Technology GmbH 82.892,50 €
Technology Unlimited 88.508,50 €
E-Naval Heeg BV 88.999,02 €
Lappset Nederland BV (HODN Yalp) 89.481,00 €
Twinsense 360 BV 94.338,97 €
Mic-O-Data BV 132.409,02 €
SuWoTec BV 2.500,00 €
Biotransfer B.V. 8.241,00 €
Prange B.V. 16.278,00 €
Enershi BV 60.764,93 €
Luftkurholz b.v. 61.522,00 €
Jara Stahl- und Systembau GmbH 69.713,44 €
Machinefabriek DT Dijkstra B.V. 70.566,50 €
LAB Lüftungs- und Anlagenbau GmbH 86.890,75 €
VB Airsuspension BV 92.173,39 €
EVORION Biotechnologies GmbH 97.280,66 €
Dalumer Trocknungwerk GmbH & CO KG 128.189,25 €
B.E.S.GmbH & Co.KG 156.023,91 €