Market Entry in the Netherlands

>> Industry structure Netherlands

Industrial activity in the Netherlands is predominantly in food processing, chemicals, petroleum refining, high tech, financial services, the creative sector and electrical machinery.

The Netherlands is one of the world’s largest exporters of agricultural and food products, due to its innovative agri-food technology. The Dutch agri-food sector is a sustainable source of healthy, safe food that is produced with respect for nature and the environment.

Philips Electrical Company has become one of the biggest electronic companies in Europe. Unilever employs among the largest number of employees the world over. Shell, along with Royal Dutch, operates one of the largest oil refineries.

The 9 core industries of the Dutch economy:

  1. Agriculture and food

The Netherlands is one of the world’s largest exporters of agricultural and food products.

  1. Creative industries

The Dutch creative industry is currently gaining considerable international acclaim and has a particularly strong reputation in interior design, gaming, fashion, and architecture.

  1. Chemical industry

The Netherlands is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of chemical products and services. Raw materials are available or easy to import. The excellent transportation network provides access to Europe and beyond.

  1. Energy

The Netherlands plays a major role in the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency. The country is in a leading position in wind energy at sea, biomass processing and greenhouse farming. The energy sector contributes substantially to Dutch national income, exports and employment.

  1. High tech

High tech industries in the Netherlands are among the most innovative in the world. This is thanks to state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge research and development. In the high-tech systems and materials (HTSM) sectors, Dutch companies are known for excellence and have become leaders in their market segments.

  1. Horticulture and starting materials

The Dutch horticultural sector is a global trendsetter supplying markets all over the world and is a leading innovator in greenhouse technology.  The Dutch horticulture sector is also the undisputed international market leader in flowers, plants, bulbs and reproductive material and the number three exporter of nutritional horticulture products.

  1. Life Sciences & Health

There are strong links between Dutch industry and academia linking research to product and business creation.

  1. Logistics

The Netherlands plays a key role in the global market because of its well-structured logistics.

  1. Water

The Netherlands is a world leader in managing water. A rather large area of the Netherlands is actually, below sea-level. Dutch technology has made it possible to ensure that these areas are safe to establish housing and industrial estates.

Latest version updated 6th December 2017

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