The LogisticsIndustry in Flanders<br />10 reasonswhy Flanders is in poleposition<br />
Flanders<br />
“Flanders is the N° 2 EuropeanRegion of the Future 2008/2009”Financial Times, fDi magazine<br />The logisticsindustry in F...
Advantage 1:<br />“Whatmatters most is speed. Flanders is anideallocation in thatregard.”Hugo Van Herck, General Manager, ...
Advantage 1:Located in the heart of Europe<br />Over 60% of Europeanpurchasing power is situatedwithin a tight radius of 5...
Advantage 2:<br />“The continuousgrowth of Bridgestone Europe shows that we made the right decisionwhen we picked the Port...
Advantage 2:World-leadingseaports<br />Port of AntwerpLargestpetrochemical center in Europe<br />Port of Zeebruggelargest ...
Advantage 3:<br />“Brussels Airport is notyetsaturated and offers excellent accessto ourdestinations via the Flemishroadne...
Advantage 3:Efficientairports<br />Brussels Airport: one of Europe’s major cargo airports<br />16 kilometers from Brussels...
Advantage 4:<br />High-density transport network<br />“The existinginfrastructurefrom the gateways to the hinterland is on...
Advantage 4:High-density transport network<br />The world’sdensestrailwaynetwork<br /><ul><li>Transportation output: ca. 4...
Modernrailwayfreight system</li></ul>The world’sdensestroadnetwork<br /><ul><li>Highwaysdirectlylinked to all Europeanmark...
Advantage5:Optimaluse of inlandmultimodal platforms<br />Port of Genk: a multimodallogistics platform of the future<br /><...
Inlandbarge terminal
 Railway terminal
 Bulk and general cargo terminal</li></ul>Water Container Terminal (WCT): Flanders N°1 trimodalinland terminal<br /><ul><l...
 A storagecapacity of 8,000 containers
 Handles 200,000 containers annualy
Customers: Nike, IKEA, Borealis, BP Chemical, Toyota, Hyundai, Kaneka, Johnson & Johnson,…</li></li></ul><li>Advantage6:<b...
Advantage6:Sustainablegrowthforstrategic industries<br />Chemicals:<br />BASF’ssecodnlargestproduction platform is located...
Advantage6:Sustainablegrowthforstrategic industries<br />Life Sciences:<br />Sentipharm AG, a Schering-Ploughcompany, has ...
Advantage6:Sustainablegrowthforstrategic industries<br />Food:<br />Antwerp is the secondlargest transit port for the dist...
Advantage6:Sustainablegrowthforstrategic industries<br />Automotive:<br />Mazda has locateditsEuropeancarparts distributio...
Advantage7:<br />Pioneer in innovation<br />Didyouknow?<br />Flanders is a truepioneerwhenit comes to new trends in logist...
Reverselogistics
Intelligent supplychains</li></li></ul><li>Advantage7:Pioneer in innovation<br />Westerlund:<br />the world’slargest termi...
Invented the wideley-used core probe system forliftinglargereels of kraftliner.</li></li></ul><li>Advantage6:Pioneer in in...
Developed a trailer whose roof canberaised to adapt to local transport regulations.</li></li></ul><li>Advantage7:Pioneer i...
Advantage8:Solidknow-how and expertise in running a European Distribution Center<br />Nike EMEA Logistics Center:<br />Eur...
Surface: 200,000 m²</li></li></ul><li>Advantage8:Solidknow-how and expertise in running a European Distribution Center<br ...
With a totalsurfacearea in excess of 300,000 m²</li></li></ul><li>Advantage9:<br />“The Flanders InstituteforLogistics (VI...
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Why should businesses come to Flanders for their logistics operations? Cushman &amp; Wakefi eld’s
2006 European Distribution Report gives a clear answer: Flanders is the European number one
location for logistics operations and will hold this position for the years to come.
In this brochure we will introduce you to a sample of the European Distribution Centers, port
operators, stevedoring companies, major shippers and other logistics players that have established
their activities here. The reasons why companies opted for Flanders are as diverse as the
companies themselves. Some praise Flanders for its world-leading ports, some for its solid
know-how, and others for the vision it has developed on the future of logistics.
We give them a chance to explain why they came here and how they managed to achieve sustainable,
profi table growth in Flanders. In this way, you can hear about Flanders’ logistics strengths
from the business side.
If you have any questions, want to know more or would like to get in touch with one of the companies
featured here, please do not hesitate to contact us. Flanders Investment &amp; Trade is
always glad to help.

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  1. 1. The LogisticsIndustry in Flanders<br />10 reasonswhy Flanders is in poleposition<br />
  2. 2. Flanders<br />
  3. 3. “Flanders is the N° 2 EuropeanRegion of the Future 2008/2009”Financial Times, fDi magazine<br />The logisticsindustry in Flanders<br />10 reasonswhy Flanders is in poleposition<br />“Flanders is Europe’s N° 1 Logisticslocation.”European Distribution Report 2006, Cushman & Wakefield<br />“Rentalsforlogisticspace in Flanders are among the lowest in Europe”Recent Europeansurveyconductedbylogisticrealestate broker, Eurinpro<br />
  4. 4. Advantage 1:<br />“Whatmatters most is speed. Flanders is anideallocation in thatregard.”Hugo Van Herck, General Manager, NYK LogisticsBelgium<br />Located in the heart of Europe<br />“A centrallocation is a key performance indicator for a region. In Flanders we are in the middle of the Europeanmarketforourproducts.”Wouter De Geest, Managing Director, BASF Antwerp<br />“We are right at the center of Europeanspending power, withexcellent connections to all clients in the EMEA region. This is the best location in Europe.”Luc Hooybergs, General Manager, Nike ELC Laakdal<br />
  5. 5. Advantage 1:Located in the heart of Europe<br />Over 60% of Europeanpurchasing power is situatedwithin a tight radius of 500 km around Flanders.<br />Flanders is centrally located in the areathatcomprisesthoseregionsfromwhich a largeportion of Europecanbesupplied at favorable transport costs and withinfeasibledeliverytimes (24h/48h).<br />
  6. 6. Advantage 2:<br />“The continuousgrowth of Bridgestone Europe shows that we made the right decisionwhen we picked the Port of Zeebrugge.”Yves Kerstens, Vice-President, Logistics & SupplyChain Management, Bridgestone Europe<br />World-leadingseaports<br />“The expertise that is availablehere is obviousfromthe creativewaysproblems are solved in the Port of Antwerp.”Roger Roels, director, DP World<br />
  7. 7. Advantage 2:World-leadingseaports<br />Port of AntwerpLargestpetrochemical center in Europe<br />Port of Zeebruggelargest port in the worldfor the shipment of newcars<br />Port of Ostendmajor shortseahubforRo-Rotraffic to the United Kingdom<br />Port of Ghentlargestcitrus fruit juice port in Europe and the secondlargestworldwide<br />
  8. 8. Advantage 3:<br />“Brussels Airport is notyetsaturated and offers excellent accessto ourdestinations via the Flemishroadnetwork.”Jan Deltour, Managing Director, DHL ExelSupplyChainBelgium<br />Efficientairports<br />“Rentalprices in the vicinity of airportsin Flanders are among the lowest in Europe.”Recent Europeansurveyconductedbyrealestate consultant, King Sturge<br />
  9. 9. Advantage 3:Efficientairports<br />Brussels Airport: one of Europe’s major cargo airports<br />16 kilometers from Brussels<br />Handled close on 700,000 tonnes of goods in 2008<br />Airportlogistics zone: 109 ha and 31 pier spacesforplanes<br />Over 170 cargo companies<br />Excellent connectionsbyroad and rail<br />Ostend-Bruges International Airport: uniqueopportunitiesforair-sea and sea-air transport<br />Close to the French, Dutch and English borders<br />Next to the Port of Ostend and close to the Port of Zeebrugge<br />Handled 83,000 tonnes of goods in 2008<br />Specializes in outsized cargo, perishables and livestock<br />Fastturnaroundtimes<br />
  10. 10. Advantage 4:<br />High-density transport network<br />“The existinginfrastructurefrom the gateways to the hinterland is one of the mainadvantagesof Flanders.”François Lacombe, National Manager, Kuehne + Nagel Belgium<br />“The Flemishgovernmentcontinues to upgrade itsinfrastructureto beable to handle the enormous transport flows and we are reaping the fruits of this in the logistics sector.”Dirk Lannoo, Vice-President, Katoen Natie Group<br />
  11. 11. Advantage 4:High-density transport network<br />The world’sdensestrailwaynetwork<br /><ul><li>Transportation output: ca. 4 billionfreighttonne-kilometers
  12. 12. Modernrailwayfreight system</li></ul>The world’sdensestroadnetwork<br /><ul><li>Highwaysdirectlylinked to all Europeanmarkets</li></ul>Optimal links throughrivers and canals<br /><ul><li>80% of all Flemishcompanies are locatedlessthan 10 km from a navigablewaterway</li></li></ul><li>Advantage5:<br />Optimaluse of inlandmultimodal platforms<br />Didyouknow?<br />The Flanders InstituteforLogistics (VIL) devisedExtended Gateway®, a unique concept to help companiesfind a prime location in the Flemish hinterland, close to aninlandmultimodal terminal<br />Thiswillallowcompanies to besitedona locationwheretheirtotallogisticscosts are the lowest.<br />
  13. 13. Advantage5:Optimaluse of inlandmultimodal platforms<br />Port of Genk: a multimodallogistics platform of the future<br /><ul><li>Near the borders of Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany
  14. 14. Inlandbarge terminal
  15. 15. Railway terminal
  16. 16. Bulk and general cargo terminal</li></ul>Water Container Terminal (WCT): Flanders N°1 trimodalinland terminal<br /><ul><li>Situatedon the Albert Canal at Laakdal
  17. 17. A storagecapacity of 8,000 containers
  18. 18. Handles 200,000 containers annualy
  19. 19. Customers: Nike, IKEA, Borealis, BP Chemical, Toyota, Hyundai, Kaneka, Johnson & Johnson,…</li></li></ul><li>Advantage6:<br />Sustainablegrowthforstrategic industries<br />Didyouknow?<br />Logisticsdeliverscrucialaddedvaluefor the economy of Flanders?<br />Thanks to superior logistics support, the region’sstrategic industries – automotive, chemicals, lifesciences and food– wereable to developintoleading industries in the globalmarket.<br />International companiesthat have logisticsoperationsherebenefit from the growth in these strategic industries.<br />
  20. 20. Advantage6:Sustainablegrowthforstrategic industries<br />Chemicals:<br />BASF’ssecodnlargestproduction platform is located in the Port of Antwerp<br />
  21. 21. Advantage6:Sustainablegrowthforstrategic industries<br />Life Sciences:<br />Sentipharm AG, a Schering-Ploughcompany, has been distributingproductsaround the worldfromits base in Flanders for 40 years.<br />
  22. 22. Advantage6:Sustainablegrowthforstrategic industries<br />Food:<br />Antwerp is the secondlargest transit port for the distribution of Chiquitabananas to the Europeanmarket.<br />
  23. 23. Advantage6:Sustainablegrowthforstrategic industries<br />Automotive:<br />Mazda has locateditsEuropeancarparts distribution center in Flanders.<br />
  24. 24. Advantage7:<br />Pioneer in innovation<br />Didyouknow?<br />Flanders is a truepioneerwhenit comes to new trends in logistics?<br />A lot of effort is beingfocusedon<br />value-addedconcepts and technologies:<br /><ul><li>Masscustomization
  25. 25. Reverselogistics
  26. 26. Intelligent supplychains</li></li></ul><li>Advantage7:Pioneer in innovation<br />Westerlund:<br />the world’slargest terminal and logisticshubforforestproducts in Flanders.<br /><ul><li>Developed a unique system forglobal paper tracing.
  27. 27. Invented the wideley-used core probe system forliftinglargereels of kraftliner.</li></li></ul><li>Advantage6:Pioneer in innovation<br />TailormadeLogistics: one of the fastestgrowinglogistics service providers in Flanders.<br /><ul><li> Has been using Red Prairie software for over a decade, now the standard in the sector.
  28. 28. Developed a trailer whose roof canberaised to adapt to local transport regulations.</li></li></ul><li>Advantage7:Pioneer in innovation<br />Transics International, develops and commercializesfleet management systems.<br /><ul><li>With 40,000 on board computers installedfor 800 clientsit is one of the Europeanmarket leaders.</li></li></ul><li>Advantage 8:<br />“The expertise that we have built up in Flanders is in greatdemandwithin the Nike group. We transfer it to the Nike distribution centers in Japan, Korea and even to our US home base.”Luc Hooybergs, General Manager, Nike EMEA Logistics Center at Laakdal<br />Solidknow-how and expertise in running a European Distribution Center<br />“As a smallregion centrally located in the Europeanconsumermarket, Flanders has become expert at the international handling of goods.”Jan Deltour, Managing Director, DHL ExelSupplyChainBelgium<br />
  29. 29. Advantage8:Solidknow-how and expertise in running a European Distribution Center<br />Nike EMEA Logistics Center:<br />Europe’slargest distribution center<br /><ul><li>Distributes 180,000 different products
  30. 30. Surface: 200,000 m²</li></li></ul><li>Advantage8:Solidknow-how and expertise in running a European Distribution Center<br />DHL ExelSupplyChain: strang focus on EDC operations in Flanders<br /><ul><li>Runs over 20 European distribution centers at 14 different locations
  31. 31. With a totalsurfacearea in excess of 300,000 m²</li></li></ul><li>Advantage9:<br />“The Flanders InstituteforLogistics (VIL) has the finger on the pulse of the industry in Flanders. Its studies are idealstarting-pointsforinnovationprojectswithinourorganization.”Ken Joris, Managing Director, Westerlund Distribution<br />Strong support for the industry<br />“We receivegood support forourexpansion plans in Flanders. The government, forexample, is veryactive in clearing land forlogisticspurposes and also offers attractive subsidies forexpanding and for training personnel.”François Lacombe, National Manager, Kuehne + Nagel Belgium<br />
  32. 32. Advantage9:Strong support for the industry<br />Flanders InstituteforLogistics (VIL):<br />the drivingforcebehind the innovativestrength of the logisticsindustry in Flanders<br /><ul><li>Encouragesinnovation
  33. 33. Conducts research
  34. 34. Supports companies
  35. 35. Fosters partnerships
  36. 36. Focus points: multimodality, value-addedconcepts and advancedtechnology</li></li></ul><li>Advantage9:Strong support for the industry<br />Beneficialtax environment<br /><ul><li>Notional intrest deduction
  37. 37. 0% registrationdutiesonsocialsecuritycontributions
  38. 38. Application of parent-subsidiarydirectiveexpanded to treatycountries
  39. 39. Appreciatedpolicywith respect to double taxationtreaties
  40. 40. Upgrading od ruling practices
  41. 41. Etc…</li></li></ul><li>Advantage10:<br />Thanks to ourexperienced, multilingualstaff we are able to help companiesintegrateintoone of Europe’s most prosperouseconomies, efficiently and effectively.<br />Flanders Investment & Trade:<br />Support at the start and the expansion of youroperations<br />Flanders Investment & Trade has 90 offices worldwide:<br />We canassistyouwhereveryou are.<br />
  42. 42. Advantage10:Flanders Investment & Trade: support at the start and the expansion of youroperations<br />Identification of optimallocation<br />Knowledge and contact center<br />Subsidies and support measures<br /> Legal requirementsclarified<br />
  43. 43. For complete informationoninvesting in Flanders, go online at<br />www.investinflanders.com<br />

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