Which heavyweight projects do foreign companies developing in the Netherlands choose?

  While the situation this year remains difficult, the Netherlands continues to provide a solid environment for international companies to grow and make an impact. Innovating in the Netherlands allows businesses to elevate their pursuits, working with enterprising Dutch people to create smart solutions for areas such as sustainable food, health and energy.
  World-class infrastructure, a well-educated and multilingual talent pool and a triple helix network of business, research and government agencies make up the Netherlands’ not-so-secret recipe for success. Not to mention the Netherlands’ convenient, highly connected central location in Europe.
  Whether it’s the new drivers of sustainability in the food industry or the AI ​​innovations that drive advances in healthcare and fintech, companies from all over the world are growing their business in the Netherlands. Below is a brief review of some of the heavyweight companies that have chosen to invest in the Netherlands.
Green Solutions

  Many companies in the field of sustainable solutions for the chemical industry are based in the Netherlands to enhance their position in the global market. For example, Plastic Energy and SABIC chose to build an advanced chemical recycling plant in the Netherlands. Those plastic bottles and containers in our oceans have been given a new lease of life through innovation in the Netherlands and the collaboration of these two companies from the UK and Saudi Arabia.

  Canadian company Trima is building a pilot plant in Arnhem, giving waste rubber the opportunity to be recycled. The company will carry out research and development in collaboration with the University of Twente and Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, which have an excellent reputation for polymer and rubber research. Meanwhile, Coolbrook is helping green the petrochemical industry by building a more sustainable naphtha cracker in the Netherlands. It chose the Netherlands to enter the heart of one of the world’s largest chemical industries, the Antwerp-Rotterdam-Rhine-Ruhr region.
  Britain’s Itero and Japan’s Sekisui Housing Co. also announced plans this year to start operations in the Netherlands, citing an open innovation approach to technology, as well as a strong centre for recycling chemicals and a centre for cars, respectively. These investments are testament to the Netherlands’ reputation as a green technology and innovation powerhouse.
The future of food

  The push for sustainable innovation does not end with the chemical industry. The Netherlands is also shaping the future of food. Japanese companies such as inaho set up European offices in the Netherlands this year, while Fuji Oil Group opened the European branch of its global innovation center at Wageningen University. The two companies are leaders in the research and development of sustainable food production, and they have found a comfortable ecosystem in the Netherlands. In particular, the Dutch Food Valley region and Wageningen University lead the way in lightly sustainable processing and plant-based foods.
  Sustainable shake company innocent and plant protein supplier EN

  OUGH are two of the UK companies that have chosen to invest in the Netherlands this year. For example, by choosing the port of Rotterdam, innocent’s resources and products have a shorter shipping path, reducing the length of the supply chain by 20%. Its transport fleet also includes 100% all-electric 50-ton trucks. At the same time, ENOUGH will also work with Cargill to ensure the most efficient source of feed and support the zero-waste benefits of the company’s products.
  Finally, Israeli plant-based meat innovator Redefine Meat recently joined several other food innovators to expand into Besttown. Investing in the Netherlands makes perfect sense for the company, which is “becoming the largest ‘new meat’ company in the world using technology rather than animals”.
innovative health

  With the Covid-19 pandemic still grabbing the headlines, it’s no surprise that Lonza and Moderna are expanding their Covid-19 vaccine production collaboration in the Netherlands.
  In addition to the Covid-19 vaccine and booster vaccines, Dutch health solutions continue to flourish, and the commitment of multinational companies also plays a role. Bristol-Myers Squibb will build Europe’s first CAR-T cell therapy manufacturing center in Leiden Biotechnology Park. The new production center will enable BMS to manufacture innovative cell therapies closer to European patients, thereby reducing turnaround times for European patients with aggressive blood cancers.
  Other companies also understand the great potential of the Netherlands for developing solutions and expanding beyond their home country. SHINE Medical Technologies has chosen the Netherlands as its EU production site, while AsensusSurgical will open a training center in Amsterdam. These expansion moves underscore the Netherlands’ strong passion for pioneering cutting-edge innovations that improve new technologies in healthcare. Lemba Therapeutics and NanoCellTherapeutics are also examples of R&D collaborations between knowledge institutions and biotech companies in the Dutch life sciences and health ecosystem.
Shaping our digital world

  As frontrunners in the digital space, companies from as far away as New Zealand are joining the Netherlands’ fast-growing and innovative IT and technology ecosystem. Take Imagr, a company that is changing the way we shop with AI technology that replaces barcode scanning in stores. And possibly robots that work in all the warehouses that store packages? The US-based company Locus Robotics is developing the robot and has chosen Amsterdam as its new European headquarters.
  It is also worth noting that the US-based Microsoft, which has already invested in the Netherlands, announced that it will set up an artificial intelligence laboratory in Amsterdam, led by Dutch scientist Max Welling. Looking globally, fintech companies such as France’s Agicap and the UK’s ModulR have chosen the Netherlands as their new European base, proving that the Netherlands is a magnet for future business and financial transactions.

  The companies found that the Dutch were technologically advanced, both able to use software and willing to use it to do things for them. ModulR pointed out that Amsterdam is able to provide professional talent, excellent local business services and a vibrant fintech scene to help them accomplish their mission.
  South Korean satellite company Intellian has also announced that it will base its European headquarters in the Netherlands, noting that “we know that Rotterdam is where we should be.” American semiconductor company Odyssey is expanding its presence in Nijmegen, thanks to the region’s popularity in semiconductors knowledge and the ability to collaborate with other high-tech companies and knowledge institutions.
  UK technology professional services firm AND Digital and US/Indian firm Quantiphi also have investments in the Netherlands. Quantiphi recognises that the strategic location of the Netherlands provides them with access to major economies such as France, Germany and the UK.

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