hollandYoUR ChemiCal PoRtal to eURoPeReasons to invest Source: DowHolland offers… Introduction• a strategic location in Europe• a competitive fiscal climate Holland’s location, logistical infrastructure, open• a superior logistics and technology infrastructure innovation approach, and well-organized public-• a conducive innovation environment private partnerships offer a favorable environment• an international business environment for companies looking for business expansion or• a solid workforce acceleration. Add to that a mindset of creativity,• an attractive quality of life collaboration, and reliability, excellent financial conditions, and the presence of a top technology sector in chemistry, and Holland is able to gua-Key figures from the Dutch rantee the most important drivers in “innovationchemical industry... location” choices for foreign investors.• Turnover 47 billion euro (3 percent GDP)• Export €71 billion (19 percent of total Dutch export) A major driver of the Dutch economy• Contributes 20 billion Euro to trade balance• Employs 65,000 workers The chemical industry plays a significant role within the Dutch• Hosts 19 of the world’s top 25 leading chemical economy. In 2010, it generated €47 billion in revenues and 19 companies percent of total Dutch exports. It’s an innovative industry, with• R&D investments € 1.3 billion roughly two-thirds of companies delivering product and process• World-class R&D infrastructure innovations. The chemical industry in the Netherlands spends around 2.5 percent of its turnover on research and developmentSource: VNCI 2010 in-house. The Dutch government has qualified the chemical industry as a priority sector as part of its new economic policy. All public and private stakeholders will focus on these priority sectors with joint strategic planning aimed at ambitious societal, sustainable and economical goals.
Source: Nuffic, Arenda Oomen Source: AkzoNobelIndustry commitment: Technology: value throughnew earth, new chemistry co-operation and innovationThe Dutch government has qualified the chemical industry as In addition to the sense of community in the chemical industry,a priority sector as part of its new economic policy. ‘New earth, Holland has also formalized and structured the approach tonew chemistry’ applies to the ambition of the whole chemical co-operation. This is done with public-private partnerships, andindustry as a priority sector. This ambition means the chemical through centers for open chemical innovation (COCIs).industry has agreed on a long-term strategy aimed at increasing Public-private partnerships are formal, long-term agreementsproductivity, doubling turnover and sustainability, and reducing between government, commercial parties and researchthe environmental footprint. Their goal is to be known as the institutes about joint goals and strategies for the future.Green Chemistry Country and to be ranked among the top three Examples of topic-specific public-private partnerships are:producers of high-tech materials worldwide by 2050. BE-Basic: Bio-Based, Ecologically Balanced Sustainable Industrial Chemistry; the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology; the Dutch Polymer Institute and the ‘TechnologyStrong chemical community Areas for Sustainable Chemistry’ innovation program. In a COCI, established companies – as well as start-ups and small businesses – develop innovative ideas and test their feasibility.The chemical industry is particularly strong due to trade and These companies use the infrastructure, services and expertiseinvestment links to Europe and the rest of the world. However, of the companies physically present at the site, with the aim ofthere is more: one particularly competitive aspect of the Dutch turning innovation into commercial success. The three COCIs are:chemical industry is its internal and inter-company integration. Chemelot (www.chemelot.nl) , Green Chemistry Campus (www.For example, chemical companies purchase from – and supply greenchemistrycampus.nl) and Plant One (www.plant-one.nl).to – one another. Moreover, the whole chemical supply chainrepresented in the Netherlands through its internationallyoperating world-class companies in each segment. Chemicalcompanies work together in public-private partnerships on Sustainable technology areasinnovation and production, and take advantage of regionalclustering. As a whole, the clusters are more competitive There are three areas in particular that excel in the Netherlands:than the individual companies put together. Because of its fine chemicals, high-performance/advanced materials, andintegrated nature, Holland now hosts 19 of the world’s top 25 industrial biotechnology. The Dutch industrial biotechnologyleading chemical companies, as well as a number of world- cluster combines world-class knowledge on agro-food andclass R&D institutes for fundamental and applied research. chemistry with cross-disciplinary co-operation and innovation. Dutch excellence in high-performance materials and fine chemistry benefit from a strong foundation in basic and petro chemicals. The Rotterdam area in particular, with its global port Holland excels in: and many refineries, is a major petrochemical hub. Interesting examples of strong regional clusters in these technology • Industrial Biotechnology areas are: a cluster focused on fine chemicals and industrial • Fine Chemicals biotechnology in the west, a specialization in industrial • High-Performance Materials biotechnology and materials in the north, and a focus on materials and fine chemicals in the south.
Holland is the Chemical Portal ‘In terms of developing sustainable solutions for products and processes, the Netherlands is veryto Europe… inspiring for us. […] Moreover, when it comes to doing business, the Dutch are always keen to reachHolland enjoys an excellent geographical location, with an a consensus - and in that way, the Dutch and theinfrastructure which is second to none. Holland not only Japanese are not so very different.’operates Europe’s largest inland shipping fleet, but has also Mr. Yoshihiro Ichii, President of Teijin Holdings Netherlands.built an extensive network of roads, railways, pipelines. The Source: Proud. Amsterdam, first edition 2009, amsterdamNetherlands is also home to one of Europe’s best airports for inbusinesscargo and passenger transportation (Schiphol), and Europe’slargest and most important sea port (Rotterdam). Finally, theDutch are one of the word’s foremost experts in logistics andsupply chain management. Holland knows how to leveragelocation and infrastructure to ship chemicals quickly and ‘Nearly all of our European research, which focuseseconomically to any destination in the world. on both product and process innovation, takes place in the Netherlands. In addition, the researchThe Netherlands is an obvious choice to locate a pan-European activities in Geleen and Bergen op Zoom make up aoperation - whether it’s a European headquarters, a shared large part of our total research worldwide.’services center, a customer care center, a distribution and Simona Maassen, Manager Public Affairs at SABIC in Europelogistics operation, or an R&D facility. The country’s pro-business environment creates a gateway to Europe that helpsinternational companies succeed throughout the continent.An international outlook and openness to foreign investmentis firmly ingrained in the Dutch culture, and this has yielded a ‘Sustainability is central to our policy, and thewealth of world-class business partners who know how to deal Netherlands provides a good base for this.’with global business challenges in today’s economy. Peter Struik, President of Fujifilm Manufacturing Europe B.VIn addition, Holland is, in fact, one large chemical communitythat is focused on open innovation. Its culture of co-operation iscomplemented by more formal public-private partnerships andcenters for open chemical innovation. Specifically, Holland has ‘Language makes business, and our Dutchachieved excellence in fine chemicals, industrial biotechnology multilingual employees have shown that they notand high-performance materials. In each of these areas, superb only can speak several European languages, butresearch combines with innovative work performed by large have great empathy for different cultures and canand small companies. These elements combined together make therefore create business opportunities.’Holland the Chemical Portal to Europe. David Robison, Financial director, Norkem
Key figures from the Dutch chemicals industry: • Turnover 47 billion euro (3 percent GDP) • Export €71 billion (19 percent of total Dutch export) • Contributes 20 billion Euro to trade balance • Employs 65,000 workers • Hosts 19 of the world’s top 25 leading chemical companie • 94 percent SME • R&D investments € 1.3 billion • World-class R&D infrastructureHolland is open for foreigncompanies and their part inthe future development ofthe Dutch chemical Industry...Holland is open for business, open for innovation, open forcross-disciplinary cooperation and development, which allleads to business acceleration. This makes it a win-winsituation: new companies will find an unparalleledenvironment which supports their new innovative activities,while the Dutch chemical supply chain will grow strongerthrough their presence. In fact, the Netherlands offers aunique perspective for foreign chemical companies, Source: Dr. Remco Havenith, FOM Focus Group, Next Generation Organic Photovoltaicsincluding some very attractive location factors.The Dutch tax system has a number of features that may bevery beneficial in international tax planning. These include acorporate income tax rate of 20% on the first €200,000 and 25% About the Netherlands Foreignfor taxable profits exceeding €200,000. In addition, the Dutch Investment Agencyruling practice provides clarity and certainty – in advance – onfuture tax positions. And with regards to R&D, companies can- The NFIA (Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency) isbenefit from the Innovation Box – resulting in an effective an operational unit of the ministry of Economic Affairs,corporate tax rate of only 5% – as well as an R&D allowance Agriculture and Innovation. The NFIA helps and advises(WBSO), which takes the form of wage tax and social security foreign companies on the establishment, rolling outcontribution deductions. and/or expansion of their international activities in the Netherlands. The NFIA was established more thanThe Netherlands is proud to have a high standard of living, 30 years ago, and has since then supported more thanwhilst maintaining an affordable life for its residents. The 2,700 companies from 50 countries in the establish-costs of living, housing, education and cultural activities are ment or expansion of their international activities in thelower than in most western European countries. Furthermore, Netherlands. Besides its headquarters in The Hague,all sorts of cultural and leisure activities are open to both the NFIA has its own offices in the United Kingdom,Dutch citizens and visitors alike. Whether it’s spending a Turkey, North America, Asia and the Gulf Region, as wellleisurely afternoon on the beach, enjoying culinary delights or as a representative office in Brazil. Additionally, thegoing to one of the cities’ acclaimed museums, theatres or NFIA works together with Dutch embassies, consulates-opera houses, the new expatriate is soon made to feel that the general, and other organizations representing the DutchNetherlands is a most welcoming country. government abroad, as well as with a broad network of domestic partners. More information: www.nfia.nl.