Hengelo has been growing due to its metallurgical industry, which traditionally required highly trained workers. Its industrial roots and great location attract international companies such as Thales, Akzo Nobel, Siemens, Delaval, Stork Plastic Machinery, Stork Thermeq and Eaton to step into Hengelo. The technology-driven research university University of Twente is located between Hengelo and the neigbouring city Enschede. Hengelo is definitely a pleasant living area with a resident population and working population of more than 81,000 and 47,000 respectively.
High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM) sector
Hengelo has dozens of innovative companies, mainly multi-national companies. Twente has a strong manufacturing industry, with a significant proportion of these companies specialised in High Tech Systems & Materials (HTSM). HTSM stands for a knowledge-intensive and high quality range of products and services, ranging from sustainable design and manufacturing of components, controls, appliances and machines for business end users, to complex manufacturing systems for mass production. Both local and international companies in the high-tech systems and materials (HTSM) sector are renowned for their technological excellence and become leaders in their market segments.