Research organizations TNO (the Netherlands) and SINTEF (Norway) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop and market their joint services in a number of fields of technology. The agreement was signed by Tini Colijn, member of the TNO Board of Management, and Unni M. Steinsmo, president and CEO of SINTEF.

SINTEF, the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia, employs some 2000 professionals, had a turnover of €300 M in 2007, and generates new knowledge and solutions for customers and society, based on research and development in technology, the natural sciences, medicine and the social sciences. The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) employs some 4300 professionals, had a consolidated turnover of €579 M in 2007, and is a prominent, independent knowledge company whose expertise and research contributes significantly to the competitiveness of businesses and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of life as a whole.