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Dutch companies increase R&D spending abroad

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Business | 0 comments

Dutch companies increase R&D spending abroad

Dutch enterprises are spending more money on Research and Development abroad, according to recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands. In 2013 companies in the Netherlands spent 8 percent more than in 2012 on Research and Development (R&D) abroad. This number constitutes an increase of over 100 million euros, reaching 1.6 billion euros. The R&D expenditure on in-house developments in these enterprises came to about 7.1 billion euros. In total, Dutch companies and institutions together spent 12.7 billion euros on in-house...

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Taiwanese e-bike maker Darfon opens its European head office in Eindhoven

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Business | 1 comment

Taiwanese e-bike maker Darfon opens its European head office in Eindhoven

Taiwanese company Darfon today opened its European head office in Eindhoven for its electric bikes. The company considers the Netherlands as both a proven quality and a growth market as well as a gateway to the European market. Darfon’s official choice confirms the favorable climate for new businesses in Brabant, and in Eindhoven in particular. Darfon’s European head office will handle the marketing, sales, service and distribution of its e-bikes, and with a service center to be established in Heerde in the province of Gelderland. Darfon...

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More and More Small Businesses in The Netherlands

Posted by on Apr 19, 2015 in Business | 0 comments

More and More Small Businesses in The Netherlands

According to figures published by Statistics Netherlands this week, the number of registered businesses in the Netherlands increased by just over 65 thousand in 2014. In the first quarter of 2015 it rose by nearly 12 thousand. These figures show that there are now a record number of nearly 1.5 million companies in the Netherlands. The primary cause of the increase is a rise in the number of one-man businesses, a trend that has been visible for some time now. Since 2010 the number of small enterprises (1 to 49 employed persons) has risen...

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Africa increasingly imported for Dutch exports

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Business | 0 comments

Africa increasingly imported for Dutch exports

Over the period 2008-2014, the share of Dutch goods exported to Africa has grown from 2.6 to 3.3 percent. In 2014, the value of exports to Africa was more than 14.2 billion euros and exceeded the value of Dutch exports to Spain. African countries take up a prominent position among the most important emerging countries, according to recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands. Export growth The importance of Africa for Dutch exports of goods has grown in the past six years. Among the 20 most important emerging countries, nine are...

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Telecommunications giant Huawei to locate its European logistics center in Eindhoven

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Business | 0 comments

Telecommunications giant Huawei to locate its European logistics center in Eindhoven

Major Chinese telecommunications and IT company Huawei is set to locate its logistics center for Europe in Eindhoven. Huawei views Brabant as the perfect gateway to Europe and is keen on connecting with the high-tech sector in the region. Founder of Huawei Technologies, Ren Zhengfei, announced today that Eindhoven had been chosen during a visit by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to the head office of Huawei in Shenzhen. Huawei stated that, of the locations considered in Western Europe, Eindhoven was the best choice. “The fact that Huawei...

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Strategic location for Damco’s new commercial office in the Netherlands

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Business | 0 comments

Strategic location for Damco’s new commercial office in the Netherlands

Tilburg/Eindhoven (March 16, 2015 ) – Global logistics provider Damco opened a new commercial office in the Dutch city of Eindhoven. Crucially, it is located in the province of Brabant, home to one of Europe’s prominent high-tech regions and more than 1,500 businesses. Eindhoven is also an important hub for Damco’s existing customer base, with a focus on the Lifestyle, Technology and Industrial markets. Centrally positioned between the port cities of Rotterdam and Antwerp and the German Ruhr area, Damco’s new premises in...

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Dutch mobile service revenues fall 6.6% in 2014, smaller drop expected in 2015

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Business | 0 comments

Dutch mobile service revenues fall 6.6% in 2014, smaller drop expected in 2015

The Dutch mobile service market contracted again in 2014, albeit at a slower rate of 6.6 percent versus a fall of 7.1 percent in 2013. The mobile operators realised service revenues of EUR 5.0 billion in 2014, according to Telecompaper’s latest quarterly market monitor. About a third of the annual decline was due to the impact of regulatory price cuts (MTR, roaming). Excluding the regulatory impact, Telecompaper estimates the annual service revenue drop was only 4.6 percent. The rest of the lost revenue in 2014 was due to tough...

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Fewer Dutch women than men in management positions

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Business | 0 comments

Fewer Dutch women than men in management positions

Statistics Netherlands announced today that nearly four in every hundred working women held management positions in 2014, versus nine in every hundred working men. This is partly due to the fact that most women have part-time jobs, especially when their children are young. In the small group of mothers working on a full-time basis, on the other hand, the number of managers is relatively high, in fact about the same as among fathers. Fewer women than men in management positions Three-quarters of women in the employed labour force are...

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Dutch exports to Greece slowly recover after substantial dip

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Business | 0 comments

Dutch exports to Greece slowly recover after substantial dip

Statistics Netherlands announced today that Dutch goods exports to Greece are slowly picking up after a substantial dip in the early years of the recession. Imports from Greece show a more regular pattern, but the volume of imports is much smaller. Exports to Greece still below the pre-recession level Although Dutch exports to Greece are gradually becoming more important, the level is still far below the pre-recession level. In 2008, the Greece share accounted for 0.8 percent of total Dutch exports, versus 0.5 percent in 2014. Exports of...

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Dutch restaurant and hotel industry sees record growth

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Business | 0 comments

Dutch restaurant and hotel industry sees record growth

Dutch hotels and restaurants had an “excellent” year in 2014, according to recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands. In the fourth quarter of 2014, the collective turnover generated by hotels, restaurants, pubs and bars was 1.7 percent up from the third quarter. Volume, i.e. total food and drink sales and overnight stays, increased by 1.5 percent. This was the best quarter for the sector in four and a half years. Last year was an excellent year for the sector hotels and restaurants. According to Statistics Netherlands,...

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Record number of international companies to Amsterdam in 2014

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Business | 1 comment

In 2014, 139 new international companies established offices in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. These companies brought a total of 1,308 jobs to the region and indicated that this would increase to 2,359 jobs within three years. In addition, international companies that had already established a presence in the region reported creating an additional 1,611 jobs in 2014. Alderperson Kajsa Ollongren (Economic Affairs): “In our experience, companies usually start off small when entering the European market, but grow to become major players...

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Lamb Weston/Meijer opens a commercial office in Breda

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Business | 0 comments

Access to a larger and international pool of talent was the decisive factor The international maker of frozen potato products Lamb Weston/Meijer, a joint venture between US company Lamb Weston ConAgra Foods and the Dutch Meijer Frozen Foods BV, has housed its commercial department in Breda. On Friday, February 6, Breda city councilor for Economic Affairs Bob Bergkamp opened the company’s new branch on Claudius Prinsenlaan. The new office will permanently employ around 35 people. The company has three production facilities in the Netherlands...

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Brabant remains the favorite base for foreign multinationals

Posted by on Feb 7, 2015 in Business, Features | 0 comments

Brabant remains the favorite base for foreign multinationals

BOM Foreign Investments again broke its own record when it came to job creation in the province of Brabant last year, with 1,661 new jobs created in 2014 thanks to foreign companies either moving to the region or expanding their operations there. These companies also invested €154.2 million in the province, the Brabant Development Agency (BOM) announced yesterday at its biennial Investors Day. The 2014 figures yet another gain for BOM Foreign Investments over the preceding year, when 1,313 jobs were created and investments stood at €52...

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More goods entering Dutch seaports, larger ships

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Business | 0 comments

More goods entering Dutch seaports, larger ships

The volume of goods arriving in Dutch seaports rose by 24 percent between 2000 and 2013. Last year, 388 million tonnes of goods arrived by sea, mostly bulk and container goods. The number of ships entering Dutch ports rose by 5 percent. Seaports are handling larger and larger vessels. The increase in scale in sea shipping is especially visible in the transport of dry bulk and container transport. The weight of goods arriving in containers rose by 128 percent from 2000 to 2013. The main cargo of goods docked in seaports is liquid bulk, around...

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US company Inmark to settle in Raamsdonksveer

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Business | 0 comments

US company Inmark to settle in Raamsdonksveer

West Brabant proves to be the perfect springboard to the European market The Georgia, US-based packaging company, Inmark, has selected Raamsdonksveer as a base for its European operations. This is the company’s first branch on the continent, and it is set to launch in early 2015. The company, which develops and supplies packaging solutions for the transport of pharmaceuticals, biologics and clinical specimens, will start off with ten locally-recruited employees. Inmark was founded in 1975 and has evolved into a company focusing on...

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