is building a Factory of the Future

Perron038 is the place to be for innovative manufacturing in the east of The Netherlands. In our innovation center in Zwolle, we work together on the future of the high-tech manufacturing industry. Technicians and students get inspired, work together and research and experiment, in order to discover technological innovation. This is done by continuously innovating, learning and inspiring. We produce the future together.

The future

is in our hands

Together we are stronger, that's why companies and educational institutions join Perron038. To produce the future together. We are building the innovation center for the manufacturing industry in our region. We do this all together: technicians, students, researchers and entrepreneurs.

We connect high-tech companies, educational institutions and research companies to each other. This facilitates innovative projects focused on research and development. Machine builders and technical product developers come together at Perron038. Talent development is key.

We are located directly at the train station of Zwolle, in a beautiful old industrial hall. The hall has been converted into a hypermodern environment where talent can grow, develop and innovate by sharing knowledge and inspiring each other. To (continue to) choose work in technology, to make machines and products smarter and very importantly more sustainable. By learning to innovate faster and better.

Technicians and students work together on joint projects but also on their own innovative projects: demonstrators, prototypes and modules of high-tech machines. They make use of robotics, IT technology, mechatronics, sensors, additive manufacturing and vision technology. Develop, test and improve. At Perron 038 we continue to innovate, all for the future.

Perron038 - De toekomst maak je samen


talent development

What will be the next step in your career?
Perron038 helps you and gets you in touch with companies in the smart manufacturing industry!

Perron038 offers an independent talent development program. We think along with both students and professionals about which company and which career path suits the students’ wishes and ambitions. In collaboration with our partners we offer interesting workshops and masterclasses, in order to develop yourself even more! Furthermore, you might get to know your (future) colleagues.

Are you a technical student, professional or job-seeker? Perron038 helps you to take the next step.

Email us your question or motivation

One interview, but meeting 13 different companies

An internship, research project or job in the high-tech manufacturing industry

Learning and working in an unique workplace

Expand your network in the manufacturing industry

Masterclasses and workshops for students and employees

The latest news

Project BRAINS: Applying Artificial Intelligence in new manufacturing solutions

8 February 2024

Companies in the manufacturing industry agree that using Artificial Intelligence (AI) can provide competitive advantages. And yet only a small proportion of companies apply it. The potential is great: research shows that manufacturing produces the largest amount of data compared to other sectors. Yet in many cases, this data does not get beyond being stored […]

Introduction of our Robotics & Logistics Lab

21 November 2023

Robotisation: automating physical work performed by humans. Robots, cobots and AMRs (automated mobile robots) can be found in more and more factories. In the factory at Perron038, you will find two integrated robot cells that allow you to explore which of your process steps a robot can perform. For example, in the field of assembly […]

Introduction of our Additive Manufacturing Lab

1 November 2023

Additive manufacturing: the process of building a model layer by layer from a 3D design (or CAD data). It is a technology that has become indispensable in many industries. In the factory at Perron038, you will therefore find a unique combination of machines to get started yourself. Powderbed 3D printing, Meltio and Coldspray: a combination […]

From internship to job: Pieter gives 4 tips to students

11 April 2023

As a graduation project at Tolsma-Grisnich, Pieter Bos developed a measuring unit that accurately measures the temperature of potatoes, carrots or onions during storage to 0.05 degrees. Via Perron038’s internship office, he ended up at the company in Emmeloord. A match with a successful project, which he was able to continue with after his internship […]

Perron038 introduces Robotics & Logistics Lab

11 April 2023

At Perron038, companies from the region are building a factory of the future together. A machine and production facility where companies, students and researchers work together. To inspire, to learn and ‘to test before investing’. Besides the construction of the factory, work is also underway on the Perron038 Academy: in which training and courses will […]

A day at Perron038 with René van de Meeberg

8 March 2023

One of the partners at Perron038 has – literally – a special position. The company TRICAS is based in our premises! One of the known faces is project manager René van de Meeberg. He takes us through his working day. René: “As a project manager, no day is the same and a bustling environment like […]

Perron038 introduces Additive Manufacturing Lab

26 February 2023

What is currently an event space, will be our high-tech factory of the future next year. At Perron038, companies from the region are building a factory of the future together. A machine and production facility where companies, students and researchers will work together. To inspire, learn and ‘test before invest’. Not an individual robot or […]

A boost for practice-based research

2 February 2023

Windesheim acquires latest-generation 3D metal printer Windesheim is once again investing in cutting-edge technology and installing a new 3D metal printer at Perron038. GE Additive’s M2 Series 5 replaces the EOS M400, which was installed in 2020. An investment in and boost to our hands-on research into this key technology and a powerful signal at […]

Industrial Additive Manufacturing Metal: implementing a key technology 

18 December 2022

3D metal printing opens up opportunities for new economic activities worldwide. The key technology offers diverse techniques, which are increasingly being used and are a driver of innovation in numerous sectors. In this area, however, the Netherlands can still make considerable strides. After all, the possibilities offered by 3D metal printing are not yet always […]

Perron038 welcomes new Managing Director in 2023

15 December 2022

In October, Perron038 announced the search for a new managing director at Perron038. Good news: from 1 February, we welcome Joost Sterenborg to the team! He will meet everyone in the new year, but in this post he introduces himself in advance. Joost: “When I first came to Perron038 a few years ago, their vision […]



At Perron038 we work on various innovation themes. Together we produce the future! We collaborate, research and experiment in order to innovate, learn and inspire.

The collaboration doesn’t only provide an interesting knowledge base for the partners but also applied and current knowledge for students and other SMEs.

We are currently developing a physical fabriek van de toekomstin Zwolle. This project is receiving a contribution from the European Union's European Regional Development Fund.

Flex factory of the future

Disruptive technologies are gaining ground at a rapid pace. But how can a company make smart and quick decisions? What has potential and what doesn’t suit the manufacturing process? Within this theme, partners work together on methods to develop systematic and modular (machine) designs.

Sensing en control technology

When we say ‘sensing & control’ technology we talk about sensors: an artificial implementation of what we call a sense in biology. At Perron038 we carry out projects and activities together to develop new applications for sensors.

  • Vision technology
  • Low-cost mass volume sensor technologies
  • Sustainable sensor technologies
  • Object recognition

Data driven production

By developing a data-driven machine programmed with some aspects of human intelligence, a new form of production intelligence is created. The balance between man and machine is the starting point for this theme. In order to learn more about data driven production we conduct research and activities.

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine learning
  • Data organization and structuring
  • Human Machine Interface design

Workshops & events

at Perron038

On a regular basis, we organize inspiring talks and workshops about the future of technology. Are you interested in attending an event or would you like to organize an event yourself in the technology field? We’ve got amazing spaces for any event at Perron038. Whether bringing inspiration to your next meeting, or boosting everyone’s productivity level, Perron038 is the center of innovation in the technology field. There’s no better place than Perron038 to organize your tech event.

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By working together, Innovative manufacturing companies, private equity firms and various educational institutions make Perron038 possible.

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