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One of the core tasks of the NIDV is to engage the Dutch business community in orders obtained from the armed forces. The NIDV was established by the Ministries of Defence and Economic Affairs. This makes the NIDV unique in that it is the only sector organisation of Dutch companies that delivers products and services related to national and international security. All participants can take advantage of the NIDV’s extensive network and specialist knowledge.






Equipment and services for the National Police Corps and Royal Netherlands Military Police, the fire brigade and other emergency services are supplied by participating NIDV companies specialising in all product groups, from uniforms to vehicles and ships, and from walkie-talkies to incident rooms and cyber security.


Conducting business internationally requires specialist knowledge of the market. The NIDV gets its participants on the right track with meetings, courses and export knowledge. The NIDV works both nationally and internationally on increasing the visibility of participants through joint market research and a joint market approach. As part of this, it supports and facilitates its participants in participating in trade missions and international trade fairs.

Symposium and exhibition

The annual NIDV Symposium & Exhibition is being held this year on 17 November 2016 in the AHOY Rotterdam and is a unique event for professionals that covers the entire field of security. The event also highlights the latest technological developments in that field. In addition to companies and knowledge institutes, the ministries involved, armed forces, Defence Materiel Organisation, Security Services, Security Region, Coast Guard and National Police Corps also have stands in the exhibition.


Theme NIDV-Symposium 2017: Adaptivity is key to public security

Adaptivity is essential to public security

Citizens and businesses have a legitimate interest in safeguarding public security, even though this is generally regarded as a task for the government. It is expected that the military, the police, the fire brigade, the ambulance service, the coast guard and other public security organizations have an appropriate response in the event of an emergency.

Our national security is inseparable from the developments around us. Although borders may no longer exist, security is still a question of sovereignty. Technology is developing exponentially and is becoming more and more accessible to a bigger group. Hence, our opponents have access to the latest technology. There seem to be few limitations to getting these tools. However, our government depends on various rules, which means that it takes some time for new technology to become available to our security organizations. Furthermore, industry is becoming increasingly international. In spite of that, the government tries to maintain its influence on the defence and security industry. European developments are also proceeding rapidly.
In short: security is becoming more and more complex.

Are the Dutch public security organizations capable of adapting to these rapidly changing circumstances?

Are the defence and security branches sufficiently adaptive, proactive, future-proof and flexible? What needs to be improved?

The Minister of Defence is striving for adaptive armed forces based on the Total Force Concept. In addition, the police and the fire brigade are also undergoing developments that are intended to lead to greater adaptivity.

Representatives of government and industry will give their opinions on the ability of our public security organizations to adapt during the NIDV Symposium on 30 November 2017 in Ahoy, Rotterdam. During the symposium, more than 130 companies will show their potential. Security organizations and businesses will comment on important security issues during the breakout sessions.

The speakers who will try to answer above-mentioned questions during the conference are the following:

  • Paul de Krom, CEO of TNO: “The past is a given, but you can shape the future”
  • Pierre Delsaux, Deputy Director-General for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs: “The way to a European Industrial Technological Base for Defence and Security”
  • Hans Büthker: CEO of GKN Aerospace: “Steppingstone to the Aerospace Champions League”
  • Gerrit den Uyl, director Police Service Centre: “The police and the future of our security”

Next to the conference, four speakers will further endulge in the subjects;

  • Winner of the Defence Innovation Game
  • Mark Bokdam, Safety Region Twente/Fire Brigade:  “Deployability of drones: A pioneering cooperation!”
  • Ron Boelsma, Police: “Is security possible without Artificial Intelligence?”
  • Captain Paul Willemse, Project manager of the project ‘Replacement Mine Counter Measures: “Belgium/Netherlands future MCM programme”

The NIDV cordially invites you to visit our NIDV Symposium.

The top political level of the Ministries of Defence, Economic Affairs, Foreign Affairs and Security & Justice have also been invited. Members of the Dutch States General attend our event every year. We also offer a special programme for military attachés accredited in the Netherlands, while sister organizations of the NIDV from abroad are also invited. The European association of branch organizations of the defence and security industry will also attend. And last but not least, representatives of the armed forces, the police, the fire brigade, the ambulance service, the coast guard and other public security organizations will also be present. All in all, this is a perfect networking opportunity.

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Where to find us

Trade facilitation abroad

The NIDV is present at the following exhibitions:

Overview events A-Category 2017

04-04-2017 – LAAD, Brazil: 4 – 7 april
16-05-2017 – IMDEX Asia, Singapore: 16 – 18 mei
29-05-2017 – CANSEC, Canada: 31 mei – 1 juni
12-09-2017 – DSEI, UK: 12 – 15 september

Overview events B-Category 2017

19-06-2017 – Paris Air Show Le Bourget, France: 19 – 25 juni
03-10-2017 – Pacific 2017, Australia: 3 – 5 oktober

Overview Events C-Category 2017

19-02-2017 – IDEX, Abu Dhabi: 19 – 23 februari
14-03-2017 – HOMSEC, Spain: 14 – 16 maart
21-03-2017 – LIMA, Malaysia: 21 – 25 maart
04-04-2017 – Global Security Asia, Singapore: 4 – 6 april
09-05-2017 – IDEF, Turkey: 9 – 12 mei
21-11-2017 – Milipol, France – 21 t/m 24 november


Overview events A-Category 2018

16-04-2018 – Defence and Security Asia, Malaysia: 16 – 19 april
11-06-2018 – Eurosatory, France: 11 – 15 June 
22-10-2018  – Euronaval, France: 22 – 26 October
07-11-2018 – Indodefence, Indonesia: 7 – 10 november 

Overview events B-Category 2018

To be defined

Overview Events C-Category 2018

To be defined





A – Collective participation.  (NIDV initiates)

B – Collective visit.    (NIDV accompanies)

C – Individual participation of companies (NIDV is present)

D – Individdual visit of companies  (NIDV is present)



NIDV Foundation 

The NIDV Foundation facilitates the sustainable positioning of the Dutch Defence and Security-related Industry (NL-DVI) in national and international orders (from the government and elsewhere) and in national and international supplier chains. The NL-DVI is synonymous with the highest possible quality and effectiveness of equipment, services and application-oriented knowledge. The NIDV is a strategic partner of the government in the area of defence and security and a key figure in the triple helix collaboration between the government, knowledge institutes and the business community.