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Dutch office of the future, with a ban on toilet paper

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Business | 2 comments

Dutch office of the future, with a ban on toilet paper

As one the most paperless offices in the Netherlands, technology company Decos has even removed toilet paper from its high-tech office. The company also develops and uses its own solutions to remove any need for paper products, such as iPad app Minute for paperless meetings. Located in a space science park, Decos technology company is so committed to environmental sustainability that it has removed all paper from its office – and toilets aren’t the exception. Instead, its 60+ employees use Geberit Aqua Clean “shower toilets”, doing their part...

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More start-ups in the Netherlands

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Business | 1 comment

More start-ups in the Netherlands

In the first half of 2014, fewer one-man businesses were closed down. In the preceding three years, the number of close-downs had risen. The number of starting one-man businesses increased for the third year in a row, by more than 4 thousand in 2014. The majority of start-ups and close-downs concerned businesses run by self-employed without personnel. Most of them were active in the sectors construction and management consultancy. The number of close-downs in the retail sector was reduced substantially by more than 17 percent. The number of...

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Number of bankruptcies fairly stable in the Netherlands

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Business | 0 comments

Number of bankruptcies fairly stable in the Netherlands

According to Statistics Netherlands, 534 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in October 2014. The number of bankruptcies was about the same as in September, despite the fact that October had one court session day less than September. Compared to August, which had as many court session days as October, the number of bankruptcies increased by 69. The overall trend is downward. In the period January-October, 5,634 businesses and institutions were declared bankrupt, 21 percent down from the...

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New sustainable 3M headquarters in Delft filled with company’s own inventions

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Business | 0 comments

New sustainable 3M headquarters in Delft filled with company’s own inventions

On Wednesday 5 November 2014 the new 3M headquarters at Technopolis Science Park in Delft were officially opened. The unique round building has been built making use of tens of 3M’s own inventions and innovations, such as the lighting technology, air and water filers, decorative films as well as 3M’s Very High Bonding (VHB) gluing technology used to glue together all glass panels in the building. Thus making the building very open and transparent, in line with company philosophy. Innovation Experience Center The throbbing heart of the new...

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The Netherlands: transit port for Japanese products to Europe

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Business | 0 comments

The Netherlands: transit port for Japanese products to Europe

According to a recent study by Statistics Netherlands, goods imports from Japan amounted to 8.4 billion euros in 2013. Three-quarters of these goods were almost immediately re-exported again. The Netherlands is mainly a transit country for Japanese products to Europe. Japan is the world’s third largest economy. Its foreign trade amounted to a total of 1.8 trillion dollars in 2013. The Netherlands accounts for only a small share of this. Japan exported 9.3 billion euros worth of goods and services to the Netherlands in 2013, and imported Dutch...

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Foreign owned companies in the Netherlands pay higher salaries

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Business | 0 comments

Foreign owned companies in the Netherlands pay higher salaries

International trade provided over 2.2 million jobs in the Netherlands in 2012. In 1988 this was 1.5 million jobs, so there has been a job increase of nearly 50 percent within 25 years. Also, significantly fewer jobs were lost in internationally active companies at the start of the crisis in 2008. These are some of the conclusions from the Internationalisation monitor (in Dutch) published by Statistics Netherlands today. Twice as much job growth through exports than through domestic consumption The number of full-time jobs thanks to the...

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Record number of electrically powered taxis at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Posted by on Oct 19, 2014 in Business | 0 comments

Record number of electrically powered taxis at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Passengers at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol can opt for electrically powered taxis operated by BBF Schipholtaxi or BIOS-groep. The two companies will jointly offer passenger transport services with a fleet of 167 Tesla Model S taxis. Schiphol is the only airport in the world to offer a comparable service: no other airport has a fleet of sustainable taxis this size. The electrically powered taxis provide a significant boost to sustainable mobility at the airport. ‘The new fleet of 100 per cent electrically-powered Teslas allows passengers...

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Speakeasy Launches Permanent Operations In Amsterdam

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Business | 0 comments

Speakeasy Launches Permanent Operations In Amsterdam

First permanent international learning environment presents full suite of offerings, serves as gateway to European market. Following a two-year market test, Speakeasy, a 40-year-old executive communication consultancy recognized for its work with Fortune 500 companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, Accenture, Ernst & Young and Cisco, today announced the opening of a permanent office and learning environment in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The facility is scheduled to begin full-time operations in the first quarter of 2015. “We launched...

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Google to Build $773 Million Dutch Data Center

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Business | 0 comments

Google to Build $773 Million Dutch Data Center

Google, the world’s largest Internet-search provider, is investing 600 million euros ($773 million) in building a new data center in the Netherlands for its European operations. Construction will provide work for more than 1000 workers. Google expects to start initial operations in the first half of 2016 and to be fully operational by the end of 2017. By then, the centre will create employment for more than 150 people in a range of full-time and contractor roles. The jobs do not require phds in computer science; they include IT technicians,...

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FUJIFILM starts with membrane production in the Netherlands

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Business | 0 comments

FUJIFILM starts with membrane production in the Netherlands

FUJIFILM Manufacturing Europe B.V. in Tilburg, The Netherlands, held the official start of the new production line for membranes. Shigehiro Nakajima, President and COO of FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation opened the new production line together with the Japanese Ambassador Tsuji, The King’s Commissioner Van de Donk and the President of FUJIFILM Manufacturing Europe B.V., Peter Struik. This opening of the new production line symbolizes a new step in the 32 year history of Fujifilm in Tilburg. A membrane is a fine filter which for example can...

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Philips crowned as having the world’s best API for the Internet of Things

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Business | 0 comments

Philips crowned as having the world’s best API for the Internet of Things

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), the global leader in lighting, today took the crown for the Top API for the Internet of Things at the prestigious Digital Accelerator Awards with its revolutionary Philips Hue personal wireless lighting system. Philips Hue was named winner of the Top API for the Internet of Things – a category which recognizes “groundbreaking innovation” and devices which “enhance the way people live, work and play”. The awards are part of this year’s “I love API” conference being held in Fort Mason, San Francisco...

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Ben & Jerry’s chooses FrieslandCampina

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Business | 0 comments

Ben & Jerry’s chooses FrieslandCampina

FrieslandCampina is in talks with ice cream producer Ben & Jerry’s about the supply of more dairy products to the ice cream producer and about participation of member dairy farmers in Ben & Jerry’s Caring Dairy programme. Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is produced in the United States and in the Netherlands (Hellendoorn). FrieslandCampina already supplies yoghurt for Ben & Jerry’s Greek Style Frozen Yoghurt. Cows and sustainability play a major role in Ben & Jerry’s ice cream brand values and within this scope the company...

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Job vacancies in the Netherlands continue slight growth

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

Job vacancies in the Netherlands continue slight growth

Figures released by Statistics Netherlands today show that the number of job vacancies rose slightly in the second quarter of 2014: there were 4 thousand more vacancies than in the previous quarter. This is the fourth quarter in a row that the number of vacancies has risen. Extra work mainly in trade and commercial services The commercial services sector accounted for the largest part of the increase in labour demand. As consumers spent more in shops, there were more vacancies in the retail sector, and in business services it was temp...

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Over a thousand new jobs created in Brabant by foreign companies

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Business | 0 comments

Over a thousand new jobs created in Brabant by foreign companies

BOM Foreign Investments set a new record last year in job creation, with over a thousand new jobs created in the province of Brabant in the Netherlands thanks to the 35 foreign companies opening offices or expanding in the region. A further 300 jobs were retained. In numerical terms this means a growth of 40 percent compared to the results for 2012, when some 942 jobs were created and maintained. Foreign companies were meanwhile responsible for almost 54.5 million euros in direct investments in 2013, a significant drop from the 183 million...

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Eindhoven / Brabant offers foreign investors value for money

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Business | 0 comments

Eindhoven / Brabant offers foreign investors value for money

The US firm KPMG today released the results of its independent investigation into global cost levels for business locations. Eindhoven found itself in second place for Western Europe as an attractive option for investors, with only Manchester having lower location costs. The international KPMG Competitive Alternatives Index, which employs substantiated figures, only adds further lustre to the high Foreign Direct Investment (fDi) scores that the fDi magazine awarded to Brabant and Brainport Eindhoven in February. fDi magazine called Brabant in...

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