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Major growth opportunities in the Netherlands

Life Sciences and health

Ranked eighth in the world for Life sciences and health patents, the Netherlands has more than 2,500 health, research and life science organizations operating here. With the move of the EMA to Amsterdam in 2019, Amsterdam is one of the most densely populated life science markets anywhere in the world. The Netherlands offers world class resources for R&D of Intellectual Property (IP) with the Dutch Government keen to boost further opportunities through public-private partnerships.

Agri-food

The Netherlands is the largest exporter in the EU, and second largest globally, with the highest concentration of cold storage in Europe, totaling nearly Euro 101 billion in 2017, including milking robots or machinery. The Dutch scored the best overall performer in trade facilitation by UNESCAP due to the pro-business attitude of customs, resulting in speedy transshipment of products. Agri exports are dominated by domestically produced goods, contributing more than 10% to the Dutch national GDP. Dutch consumer values are impacting the sector showing opportunities in sustainability and eco-friendliness focus future like packaging solutions.

Logistics
 

The Dutch logistics sector generated €55 billion in 2017 with over 813,000 employees. With two significant European cargo main ports, Schiphol Airport and the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands is a key logistics hub for the through-transportation of goods into Continental Europe, ranking sixth in the Global Rankings 2018, and was the only country to receive a perfect score in the 2018. Housing more European distribution centers than all of its neighbors combined, the Netherlands remains the model for European logistics excellence, with favorable policies that attract heavy foreign investment.

Chemicals
 

There are eight major chemical industrial clusters in the Netherlands, hosting over 2,000 chemical companies, which include 19 of the top 25 companies in the world. These companies benefit from the Netherlands’ superior logistics infrastructure and innovative R&D ecosystem. Future opportunities here focus on reducing the Netherlands’ greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% by 2050. This will be done through focusing on six solution themes: Closure of the materials chain, alternative feedstock, energy efficiency, renewable energy, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS); and sustainable products. There is also a focus on smart materials such as responsive materials and coatings, functional ingredients, thin film technology, structural reliability and materials in integrated products.

 

Financial Tech
With over 475 companies active in the Netherlands ranging from start-ups to well established companies like Ayden, Flow Traders and Optiver, the financial services value chain is a diverse landscape of collaborative opportunities. Dutch banks have always been pioneers of Fintech with online and mobile banking, as it boasts the fewest cash payments and 63% mobile banking penetration – the highest in Europe. The Dutch Trade and Logistics Innovation Program looks to create sustainable, collective solutions to support the fintech in logistics sector. Events like Money 20/20, AltFi, Backbase and Amsterdam FinTech Week attract key players, where ideas and partnerships can be ignited. The current main sectors of growth are in online payments, identification and security solutions, with growing interest in new technologies in the field of legislation and regulations.

 

High-tech Systems and Materials
The high-tech ecosystem is the fastest growing sector in the Netherlands which offers opportunities particularly in semiconductors, sensor technology and high-tech systems. Efforts are being made to digitize the sector to reduce waste in the chain and grow services. Nanotechnology in the smart city project are a keen focus due to the lower capital investment required. The Medtech market is valued at Euro 4.7 billion with 700 suppliers, 97% of which are SMEs. Industrial machinery, electronic equipment and construction machinery make up the majority of the deals in the sector. The Dutch photonics ecosystem is was the seventh biggest producer of photonic components globally. Future growth prospects lie in medical diagnostics, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), energy and climate and agri-food.


Construction
The Operational Program 2014-2020 and National Reform Program 2016 showcase the Dutch Government’s focus on developing the country’s infrastructure. This will see growth in the construction and will be supported by the Government and private sector investments in infrastructure construction, healthcare, the manufacturing industry, and educational facilities continuing to drive growth. Having built the world’s first habitable 3D printed houses and bridge, the Netherlands is a country bringing innovative ideas to life. Several companies now focus on supply chain integration and mass customization.

 

Energy
The Netherlands is the first country whose energy transition plans look to phase out natural gas, with a 49% carbon reduction by 2030, with CCS being a crucial factor to achieve this. Continued investment in wind power and other renewable sources is also top of the Netherlands list. With world-class R&D facilities and incentive programs to support energy innovation, there is heavy investment in smart grid innovations and solutions – and plans to build the world’s largest wind farm.

 

Aerospace
The largest European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESA/ESTEC) R&D facility in Europe is located in the west of the Netherlands, which hosts the complete chain from R&D through OEMS, suppliers to end user. This cluster houses over 300 direct suppliers in the manufacturing process in world-class space business facilities.


Information Technology (IT)
One of the most wired countries in the world, with one third of all European data centers located in the Amsterdam area, the Netherlands is home to the world’s largest internet exchange, AMS-IX. A further two million square feet of data centres are expected to be added in the coming years, along with Google announcing a Euro 500 million data center expansion. Ranked fourth globally in app invention and development, 60% of all Forbes 2000 companies active in Information Technology (IT) have established an office in the Netherlands, in a country with over 570 international tech companies in the sector.


Water
With 26% of the country below sea level, the Netherlands is a key player in the marine, delta and water sector. The Dutch Organization for Scientific Research have invested Euro 1.5 million into Artificial Intelligence (AI) in this sector. The Netherlands is stimulating horizontal collaborations across various sectors (logistics,energy and finance) to secure their place as front runner in AI, cyber security and block chain.

 

Creative industries
The Netherlands is dubbed a “creative powerhouse” worth Euro 7.1 billion in 2017. With forward thinking brands such as Uber, Netflix, Tesla, and Google making it their home, the Netherlands is the third global country for creative outputs. With over 1,300 advertising agencies, 300 games companies, 1,300 local fashion designers, the country is a hive of opportunities for collaboration for the 170,000 people working in the sector. With a highly interactive community, and numerous events occurring weekly to network and showcase your company across the sector, this powerhouse is built on community.

Chemicals
 

There are eight major chemical industrial clusters in the Netherlands, hosting over 2,000 chemical companies, which include 19 of the top 25 companies in the world. These companies benefit from the Netherlands’ superior logistics infrastructure and innovative R&D ecosystem. Future opportunities here focus on reducing the Netherlands’ greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% by 2050. This will be done through focusing on six solution themes: Closure of the materials chain, alternative feedstock, energy efficiency, renewable energy, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS); and sustainable products. There is also a focus on smart materials such as responsive materials and coatings, functional ingredients, thin film technology, structural reliability and materials in integrated products.

Financial Tech
With over 475 companies active in the Netherlands ranging from start-ups to well established companies like Ayden, Flow Traders and Optiver, the financial services value chain is a diverse landscape of collaborative opportunities. Dutch banks have always been pioneers of Fintech with online and mobile banking, as it boasts the fewest cash payments and 63% mobile banking penetration – the highest in Europe. The Dutch Trade and Logistics Innovation Program looks to create sustainable, collective solutions to support the fintech in logistics sector. Events like Money 20/20, AltFi, Backbase and Amsterdam FinTech Week attract key players, where ideas and partnerships can be ignited. The current main sectors of growth are in online payments, identification and security solutions, with growing interest in new technologies in the field of legislation and regulations.

High-tech Systems and Materials
The high-tech ecosystem is the fastest growing sector in the Netherlands which offers opportunities particularly in semiconductors, sensor technology and high-tech systems. Efforts are being made to digitize the sector to reduce waste in the chain and grow services. Nanotechnology in the smart city project are a keen focus due to the lower capital investment required. The Medtech market is valued at Euro 4.7 billion with 700 suppliers, 97% of which are SMEs. Industrial machinery, electronic equipment and construction machinery make up the majority of the deals in the sector. The Dutch photonics ecosystem is was the seventh biggest producer of photonic components globally. Future growth prospects lie in medical diagnostics, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), energy and climate and agri-food.


Construction
The Operational Program 2014-2020 and National Reform Program 2016 showcase the Dutch Government’s focus on developing the country’s infrastructure. This will see growth in the construction and will be supported by the Government and private sector investments in infrastructure construction, healthcare, the manufacturing industry, and educational facilities continuing to drive growth. Having built the world’s first habitable 3D printed houses and bridge, the Netherlands is a country bringing innovative ideas to life. Several companies now focus on supply chain integration and mass customization.

Energy
The Netherlands is the first country whose energy transition plans look to phase out natural gas, with a 49% carbon reduction by 2030, with CCS being a crucial factor to achieve this. Continued investment in wind power and other renewable sources is also top of the Netherlands list. With world-class R&D facilities and incentive programs to support energy innovation, there is heavy investment in smart grid innovations and solutions – and plans to build the world’s largest wind farm.

Aerospace
The largest European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESA/ESTEC) R&D facility in Europe is located in the west of the Netherlands, which hosts the complete chain from R&D through OEMS, suppliers to end user. This cluster houses over 300 direct suppliers in the manufacturing process in world-class space business facilities.


Information Technology (IT)
One of the most wired countries in the world, with one third of all European data centers located in the Amsterdam area, the Netherlands is home to the world’s largest internet exchange, AMS-IX. A further two million square feet of data centres are expected to be added in the coming years, along with Google announcing a Euro 500 million data center expansion. Ranked fourth globally in app invention and development, 60% of all Forbes 2000 companies active in Information Technology (IT) have established an office in the Netherlands, in a country with over 570 international tech companies in the sector.


Water
With 26% of the country below sea level, the Netherlands is a key player in the marine, delta and water sector. The Dutch Organization for Scientific Research have invested Euro 1.5 million into Artificial Intelligence (AI) in this sector. The Netherlands is stimulating horizontal collaborations across various sectors (logistics,energy and finance) to secure their place as front runner in AI, cyber security and block chain.

Creative industries
The Netherlands is dubbed a “creative powerhouse” worth Euro 7.1 billion in 2017. With forward thinking brands such as Uber, Netflix, Tesla, and Google making it their home, the Netherlands is the third global country for creative outputs. With over 1,300 advertising agencies, 300 games companies, 1,300 local fashion designers, the country is a hive of opportunities for collaboration for the 170,000 people working in the sector. With a highly interactive community, and numerous events occurring weekly to network and showcase your company across the sector, this powerhouse is built on community.

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