Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.
Dutch-Macedonian 
Chamber of Commerce 
c/o Netherlands Embassy 
Aminta III 69-71 
1000 Skopje 
Republic of Macedonia 
e: i...
2 
newsletter no. 4 / March 2014 
On Thursday 16 January 2014 
the celebration of the second 
Dies Natalis of NL Chamber 
...
3 
newsletter no. 4 / March 2014 
photos: TEDxBinnenhof; illustrations: NL Chamber 
“Global Challenges, Dutch So-lutions” ...
4 
newsletter no. 4 / March 2014 
The stories of Dutch entrepreneurs about their experiences with doing business in Macedo...
5 
newsletter no. 4 / March 2014 
Following the efforts to mo-bilize 
Dutch expertise to im-prove 
the Macedonian dairy 
f...
6 
newsletter no. 4 / March 2014 
Sponsors of Foundation NL Chamber 
www.boekestijntransport.com 
www.pivaraskopje.com.mk ...
7 
newsletter no. 4 / March 2014 
Modern dance, stainless steel 
vessels and pipes as percus-sion 
instruments and cuff li...
8 
newsletter no. 4 / March 2014 
Dutch producer of workwear and protective wear invested 2 million EUR in an own pro-duct...
9 
newsletter no. 4 / March 2014 
The Dutch company European Plants runs a 400 ha. conifer tree nursery near Tetovo. 
memb...
10 
newsletter no. 4 / March 2014 
statistics 
Online shopping 
illustration: Blauw Research 
The online shopping market 
...
11 
newsletter no. 4 / March 2014 
photos: Barry Verduijn / SH+E, Ton Kastermans / Boerderij, NL Chamber 
short 
Urine fer...
12 
newsletter no. 4 / March 2014 
Selection of trade fairs in the 
Netherlands and Macedonia. 
NB: All blue text is click...
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

NL Chamber / Macedonia: Newsletter no. 4

508 views

Published on

12 pages of Dutch-Macedonian business news.

  • Hi there! Get Your Professional Job-Winning Resume Here - Check our website! http://bit.ly/resumpro
       Reply 
    Are you sure you want to  Yes  No
    Your message goes here
  • Be the first to like this

NL Chamber / Macedonia: Newsletter no. 4

  1. 1. Dutch-Macedonian Chamber of Commerce c/o Netherlands Embassy Aminta III 69-71 1000 Skopje Republic of Macedonia e: info@nlchamber.org.mk w: www.nlchamber.org.mk fb.com/nlchamber twitter.com/nlchamber linkedin.com/../nl-chamber youtube.com/user/nlchamber NL Chamber was established in January 2012 as official Dutch-Macedonian Chamber of Commerce by 50 Macedonian companies, according to the Macedonian Law on Chambers of Commerce. One third of these companies is partly or fully Dutch owned. Objective of NL Chamber is to promote and support successful business relations between Dutch and Macedonian companies. newsletter MARCH 2014 4 photo: NL Chamber events Second Dies Natalis at Stobi Winery Third General Assembly: 31 March 2014 TEDxBinnenhof: “Global Challenges, Dutch Solutions” Conference: Dutch business experience in Macedonia projects Dutch attention for Macedonian dairy farming network Cross-border network members Zavar Company celebrates 25th anniversary Dutch Van Puijenbroek Textiel opens VPTex Macedonia Walking tree plantation at dawn statistics Online shopping short Urine fertilizer/New flight times Eindhoven-Skopje/Work at home/Industrial property/Netherlands Enterprise Agency Sponsors of Foundation NL Chamber: click to read earlier editions! online reading pdf download No. 3: issuu.com/.../nlchamber2013-03 bit.ly/NLC-03 No. 2: issuu.com/.../nlchamber2013-02 bit.ly/NLC-02 No. 1: issuu.com/.../nlchamber2013-01 bit.ly/NLC-01
  2. 2. 2 newsletter no. 4 / March 2014 On Thursday 16 January 2014 the celebration of the second Dies Natalis of NL Chamber took place at Stobi Winery in Gradsko. “Meeting eachother is essential for the work of NL Chamber. A celebration is both a pleasant and a very efficient way to get up to date and de-velop new actions,” says Bob Smit, Executive Director. Stobi Winery in Gradsko hosted the celebration of the second Dies Natalis, the anniver-sary of NL Chamber. events Second Dies Natalis at Stobi Winery photo, illustration: NL Chamber The Board of NL Chamber has decided to combine this year’s General Assembly with the TEDxBinnenhof conference, organized by the Dutch government. Therefore, the General Assembly will take place at Cineplexx 8, on the top floor of the brand-new Skopje City Mall. vacancies and candidates Board members Marcel Melles and Marta Naumovska GrnaThe third annual gathering of the General Assembly of NL Chamber will be combined with the TEDxBinnenhof conference on Monday 31 March at Cineplexx Skopje. events Third General Assembly: 31 March 2014 rova have finished their first mandate of two years. Both have decided to go for re-elec-tion for another two years. The same goes for the members of the Supervisory Board. The official invitation has already been sent to the mem-bers. There are no other nominations for the mentioned po-sitions and further details will follow by email. route description Drive around Skopje City Mall from Bul. Partizanska Odredi to enter the free parking ga-rage at the east side. From the top parking level you have direct access to Cineplexx. Next to NL Chamber members and the Netherlands Embas-sy, also the new Dutch inves-tor Anthura and new member BDO joined the celebration. BDO is part of a global network with its headquarters in Bel-gium and offers accountancy, tax advisory and bookkeeping services to various Dutch com-panies in Macedonia. www.bdo.mk
  3. 3. 3 newsletter no. 4 / March 2014 photos: TEDxBinnenhof; illustrations: NL Chamber “Global Challenges, Dutch So-lutions” is the theme of this edition of TEDxBinnenhof, a series of talks on various inno-vative ideas, organized by the Dutch government. ideas worth spreading TEDxBinnenhof is licensed by TED, a world-wide movement showcasing talks to inspire en-trepreneurs and policy makers to improve the world under the slogan Ideas worth spreading. NL Chamber and the Nether-lands Embassy have secured live streaming of this extraor-dinary event at Cineplexx 8, in Skopje City Mall. Host of this Live from The Hague and brought to you by NL Chamber and the Netherlands Embassy: TEDxBinnenhof, hosted by Sashko Kocev. Plus an additional presentation of a mysterious tool by the Dutch inventors, live in Skopje. events TEDxBinnenhof: “Global Challenges, Dutch Solutions” City of the Future latest technological advancements Bert Weckhuysen www.uu.nl PectCof pectin from coffee pulp for food and pharma Rudi Dieleman www.pectcof.com WeHelpen community mutual support platform Coen van de Steeg www.wehelpen.nl Plant-E electricity from living plants Marjolein Helder www.plant-e.com Spinid spinning disc technology for micro reactors Jeoffrey van den Berg www.spinid.nl Smart Polder energy from watermanagement Barry Scholten iftechnology.com Stella solar energy car Juliette van der Lof www.solarteameindhoven. nl Hydrea Thermpipe sewerage heat exchanger Heleen Herbert www.heijmans.com Blue Innovation extracting nutritions from live plants Jeroen Rondeel www.wetering.com Makeshift Chimney self-made chimneys as preventive medicine Onno van Schayck www.caphri.nl Your Aruba fully sustainable, self-sufficient society Mike Eman prime minister Aruba www.overheid.aw SPEAKERS & TALKS www.TEDxBinnenhof.com event is the Macedonian actor and showbusiness personality Sashko Kocev. mysterious tool Additionally, two Dutch engi-neers will come to Skopje to present their mysterious, in-novative tool to the audience. iF product design award Their story is one of great en-trepreneurship, battle with global brands, perseverance, venture capital and the pres-tigious German iF Product De-sign Award 2014. Moreover, one of the inventors has Bos-nian roots! The story of the mysterious tool will be revealed prior to the start of the live streaming, together with Sashko Kocev. NL Chamber members have al-ready received an invitation.
  4. 4. 4 newsletter no. 4 / March 2014 The stories of Dutch entrepreneurs about their experiences with doing business in Macedonia received great interest at business fora in Rotterdam and Venlo. events Conference: Dutch business experience in Macedonia The Embassy of Macedonia in the Netherlands and Invest Macedonia organized two fora on doing business in Macedo-nia. Deputy Prime Minister Zoran Stavreski addressed the Dutch business community on Monday 25 November at the Chamber of Commerce in Rot-terdam and Minister of Agricul-ture Ljupco Dimovski travelled to Greenport in Venlo to out-line the agribusiness potential of Macedonia on Tuesday 26 November. 276 stamps and signatures Mark Lammers, Managing Director of Holmak HeatX BV shared his experience with the take-over of a factory in Bitola: “It took us 276 stamps and sig-natures, but it was worth it.” At the panel discussion Stavreski pointed out that a take-over of an existing company cannot be compared to a greenfield investment and that the latter should not be confronted with extensive bureaucracy. photos: NL Chamber Dutch entrepreneurs attending Doing Business in Macedonia within time and budget Winfried Rooswinkel was as project manager at Van Puijenbroek Textiel (also known as HaVeP and VPTex) responsible for the construction of a “quick response” production facility for workwear in Macedonia. Rooswinkel explained about significant differences in prin-ciples of construction, but also proudly stated that the building was finished both within the time frame and within the budget. Opening ceremony new factory VPTex Macedonia: page 8 Rooswinkel and Lammers agribusiness “I will speak as Minister of Agriculture, but I will think as a Dutch entrepreneur,” said economist Dimovski at Greenport Venlo. Like Mark Lammers in Rotterdam, also Willeke Roes of conifer tree nursery European Plants did not hesitate to politely suggest to the Macedonian government to continue working on driving back bureaucracy: “The amount of papers you need to get permits is quite enormous, I must say.” Visit plant nursery on page 9 Agriculture professionals exchanging experiences at Greenport Venlo
  5. 5. 5 newsletter no. 4 / March 2014 Following the efforts to mo-bilize Dutch expertise to im-prove the Macedonian dairy farming practice, the Dutch professional magazine for the cattle breeding sector Veeteelt published a three-page arti-cle in the edition of November 2013. Already in May last year NL Chamber guided the jour-nalist Bert Hartman and pho- Three pages on Macedonian dairy sector in Dutch cattle breeding magazine. projects Dutch attention for Macedonian dairy farming tographer Ron Stoop on a field trip to Bitola, were they met with Zlatko Najdovski, general manager of Bimilk. The magazine Veeteelt is available online at ISSUU: http://issuu.com/crv-publishers/docs/veeteelt_nov2_2013 photos: NL Chamber NL Chamber joined the Netherlands Embassy on a networking trip to Pristina and Tirana. network Cross-border network On 29 October NL Chamber joined the Netherlands Embas-sy on a networking trip to their colleagues in Pristina. At the embassy in Pristina also the Dutch company Zinkunie was present. Dutch Zinkunie in Prizren Zinkunie is a wholesale com-pany in zinc, copper and stain-less steel articles with its headquarters in Boxtel, near Eindhoven. The company has invested in total 9 million EUR in a plant near Prizren for gal-vanizing various products with zinc. Recently Zinkunie also opened an office in Skopje. Tirana In Tirana Mr Gilles Bauwens, a Belgian diplomat stationed at the Netherlands Embassy, provided detailed insight in the Albanian business climate for foreign investors. Biznis Al-bania organized a seminar on Dutch private sector develop-ment instruments. www.zinkunie.com
  6. 6. 6 newsletter no. 4 / March 2014 Sponsors of Foundation NL Chamber www.boekestijntransport.com www.pivaraskopje.com.mk www.nlembassy.org.mk
  7. 7. 7 newsletter no. 4 / March 2014 Modern dance, stainless steel vessels and pipes as percus-sion instruments and cuff links as gifts: the celebration of the 25th anniversary contained all characteristics of both Zavar and its general manager. process equipment and interior design articles Zavar Company was founded in 1988 as a company for welded stainless steel process equipment. Being a mechani-cal engineer with a strong pas-sion for fashion and design, Marta Naumovska Grnarova (40) widened the scope of work to interior design articles under the label Zavar Design in 2003, before assuming the With an inspiring performance at Skopje Design Week, Zavar Company marked its 25th anniversary as well as the 10th anniversary of interior design label Zavar Design. members Zavar Company celebrates 25th anniversary photos: NL Chamber, Olgica Gjorgieva, Skopje Design Week, Zavar Company Marta Naumovska Grnarova general management of the company in 2005. Skopje Design Week The celebration took place at Kurshumli An, a sixteenth cen-tury inn from the Ottoman era, during Skopje Design Week. Naumovska Grnarova is Pro-gramme Director of this annual design event and also member of the Board of NL Chamber. golden formula “An engineering background combined with an open, crea-tive mind is a golden formula for prosperous business development,” says Bob Smit, Executive Director of NL Chamber. “Marta is continuously travelling all over the world, par-ticipating in trade fairs and master classes, gaining fresh inspiration and creating new opportunities. We are grateful to have her in our team!” Dance and drums performance Stainless steel design radiators www.zavar.com.mk www.zavardesign.com www.facebook.com/... www.youtube.com/...
  8. 8. 8 newsletter no. 4 / March 2014 Dutch producer of workwear and protective wear invested 2 million EUR in an own pro-duction facility near Skopje, Macedonia. members Dutch Van Puijenbroek Textiel opens VPTex Macedonia Minister of Transport Mile Janakieski and Commissioner Eduard van Puijenbroek cut the ribbon www.vptex.com www.havep.com www.facebook.com/vptex... www.facebook.com/havep www.twitter.com/havepw... www.youtube.com/user/... photos: MIA/Darko Popov, Van Puijenbroek Textiel BV, NL Chamber Dutch Van Puijenbroek Tex-tiel, established in 1865 in Goirle near Tilburg, started with outsourcing the produc-tion of industrial and protec-tive workwear to factories in Resen and Stenje in 1968 when Macedonia was still part of Yugoslavia. 44 years later, on 26 October 2012 Van Puijenbroek Textiel laid the foundation stone for its own factory, an investment of 2 million EUR. The con-struction site is conveniently located between Skopje and the international airport, in the village of Kadino. Less than a year later, on 16 October 2013, VPTex Macedo-nia was officially opened by Eduard van Puijenbroek, com-missioner and former director of the Dutch family company and Minister of Transport Mile Janakieski. quick response “The facility offers us a quick response production unit in addition to our long-term out-sourcing partners,” explains Rob Kwaspen, director at Van Puijenbroek Textiel. “Additionally, our own factory allows us to enter the regional mar-ket, providing local industries with high quality workwear.” third production line Meanwhile, VPTex Macedonia started operating the second production line. Kwaspen: “We now employ 90 people in one shift. We are very satisfied with the results and have de-cided to add a third production line with another 30 employees this quarter, instead of in 2015. This also means that we have to advance the extension of the building.” More pictures: bit.ly/VPTexMK Opening dance Directors Huub Zegveld and Rob Kwaspen
  9. 9. 9 newsletter no. 4 / March 2014 The Dutch company European Plants runs a 400 ha. conifer tree nursery near Tetovo. members Walking tree plantation at dawn Sculptured conifer trees with frost at dawn Own production of boxpallets for export of trees photos: NL Chamber 07h30 was the scheduled time for a visit on 5 December to European Plants in the village of Preljubishte, near Tetovo. The fog created a fairy-tale scenery and hid the surrounding mountains, peaking from 1,200 meters in the east to 2,700 meters in the west. 4 years investment A five-kilometer walk with owner Joost Michels along nu-merous plots with different va-rieties of conifer trees unveiled the enormous scale of the in-vestment: “It takes 4 years before a tree is big enough to be sold. That means 4 years of investments before the first returns appear.” new market opportunities Until 2007 Michels worked 600 ha of land in the Netherlands. “Since these plots were really located all over the country, I drove 5,000 km per week.” This practical issue and the trend of the market development made Michels think of alterna-tives. “I noticed that conifer trees were hardly available on the Balkans and in South-east Europe. Since I also saw major new market opportunities for Istanbul, I started searching for land to start a large-scale tree nursery in the region.” Through an acquaintance in the textile industry Michels came to Macedonia, where he bought a concession on 400 ha. of a former state-owned tree nursery near Tetovo. daily management About the start of his Macedo-nian business Michels is very straightforward: “I made a big mistake by thinking that the new venture would flourish while the Dutch business needed my full attention. In two years time there was very little progress. Since 2011 I have taken on the daily management of the Macedonian tree nursery.” From that moment Michels is a regular passenger on the Wizzair flight between Skopje and Eindhoven, often going home for just the week-end. 300 truckloads From Macedonia Michels has indeed conquered new mar-kets: “Until April 2014 we will export 300 truckloads of coni-www. europeanplants.com fer trees to retailers in Croatia, Romania, Hungary and even Turkmenistan.” From accession to the European Union Michels expects significant advantages: “The administra-tive procedures in Macedonia are really suffocating. Proce-dures for obtaining various li-cences and especially customs formalities should really gain in speed and efficiency, resulting in serious cost savings.”
  10. 10. 10 newsletter no. 4 / March 2014 statistics Online shopping illustration: Blauw Research The online shopping market in the Netherlands is growing steadily. For 2013 a total turn-over of 10.5 billion EUR is ex-pected with the largest shares in travel, telecom and clothing. source: Thuiswinkel.org
  11. 11. 11 newsletter no. 4 / March 2014 photos: Barry Verduijn / SH+E, Ton Kastermans / Boerderij, NL Chamber short Urine fertilizer The Amsterdam waterworks Waternet opened a facility for the production of fertilizer from sewage water and pure urine. Urine - and therewith also sewage water - is rich of phos-phate. Biological methods to avoid phosphates ending up in the surface water lead to deposition of the mineral stru-vite on pipes and equipment. The new facility allows for con-trolled crystalization and separation of struvite with which the recovery of phosphate into fertilizer is complete. Waternet also uses pure urine, collected from mobile toilets at large festivals and events. Since Dutch law regards this recycled phosphate still as waste instead of fertilizer, an adapted law is expected to be-come effective per 2014 to en-able international trade. source: www.waternet.nl Duckweed as feed Dutch calf breeder Evert Kroes from Uddel established a closed circuit farm. Urine, thin manure fragment, CO2 and body heat of the calfs is used to produce duckweed in a basin in a glasshouse on top of the stable. Thick manure fragment is fermented to biogas to pro-duce electricity, sufficient for the farm plus 200 households. After harvest of the duckweed, the water is used for growing algae. Duckweed is a replacement for soja as feed for the calves. Algae are fed to the calves with the water, leading to increased animal health and lower use of antibiotics. see: youtu.be/IWyrIIkyWFg New flight times Eindhoven-Skopje Budget carrier Wizzair, con-necting Skopje to Eindhoven will change the flight times per 1 April 2014 and add a third weekly flight. The new schedule shows the following times on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays: EIN 08h45 SKP 11h30 SKP 05h30 EIN 08h20 Work at home The share of employees that work at home is about a third in the Netherlands. Working at home amounts for an average of six hours per week. In 2005 this share was a quarter. One out of every five employees can “regularly” decide upon his/her own working hours. source: www.cbs.nl Industrial property The Agency for Foreign In-vestments and Export Promo-tion, Invest Macedonia has published a “brownfield data-base”. This database lists over 400 objects of industrial real estate, available for sale, rent or lease to foreign investors. www.wizzair.com Netherlands Enterprise Agency The Dutch governmental agency that executes all entrepreneurial stimulation and support programmes, NL Agency, merged with the agriculture subsidies service. The new organization is now called Netherlands Enterprise Agency (in Dutch: Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland or RVO). Amongst others, RVO exe-cutes the Match Making Facil-ity (MMF) and the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF, succes-sor of the well-known PSI pro-gramme). www.investinmacedonia.com Prinses Beatrixlaan 2 PO Box 93114 2509 AC THE HAGUE The Netherlands t: +31 88 0424242 MMF - MatchMaking Facility w: www.rvo.nl/mmf DGGF - Dutch Good Growth Fund w: www.rvo.nl/dggf Netherlands Embassy Mr Jane Kjuka Economy and Trade Officer t: +389 2 3109250 e: jane.kjuka@minbuza.nl Netherlands Enterprise Agency Ministry of Economic Affairs
  12. 12. 12 newsletter no. 4 / March 2014 Selection of trade fairs in the Netherlands and Macedonia. NB: All blue text is clickable! The Netherlands Major trade fairs take place at: Jaarbeurs, Utrecht 99,000 sqm, 13 halls www.jaarbeurs.nl RAI, Amsterdam 87,000 sqm, 11 halls www.rai.nl Ahoy, Rotterdam 30,000 sqm, 6 halls www.ahoy.nl Regional locations for trade fairs: Brabanthallen, ‘s-Hertogenb. 29,500 sqm, 6 halls IJsselhallen, Zwolle 17,000 sqm, 4 halls MECC, Maastricht 29,500 sqm, 4 halls Most fairs in the Netherlands have entrance fees and offer discounts for early registration online. Please do not hesitate to contact NL Chamber when you plan to visit a fair in the Netherlands. Macedonia Major trade fairs take place at: Skopje Fair, Skopje 16.000 sqm, 6 halls www.skopjefair.com.mk photo impressions of the fairs: www.fb.com/SkopjeFair/ Entrance tickets can only be purchased at the spot; online registration is not possible. Please do not hesitate to con-tact NL Chamber when you plan to visit a fair in Macedo-nia. The Netherlands 11-14.03.2014 ESEF, Jaarbeurs - Utrecht engineering and subcontracting 18-20.03.2014 StocExpo, Ahoy - Rotterdam 180 exhibitors; pums, valves, pipes, tanks and related 25-27.03.2014 Zorg & ICT, Jaarbeurs - Utrecht 180 exhibitors; ICT for health care sector 25-28.03.2014 Intertraffic, RAI - Amsterdam 762 exhibitors: traffic, parking, safety and infrastruct. 28-30.03.2014 Second Home International, Jaarbeurs - Utrecht 156 exhibitors; Sale of recreational private real estate 02-03.04.2014 Empack, Brabanthallen - ‘s-Hertogenbosch packaging materials, machines, coding, labelling etc. 02-03.04.2014 Event, Jaarbeurs - Utrecht 124 exhibitors; event management 09-10.04.2014 Overheid & ICT, Jaarbeurs - Utrecht 100 exhibitors; ICT for the public sector 14-17.04.2014 Automotive Trade Show, Jaarbeurs - Utrecht entire automotive sector 20-21.05.2014 World Private Label / PLMA, RAI - Amsterdam european private label producers in food and non-food 3,800 exhibitors, 68 countries, 42 regional pavilions 20-22.05.2014 VIV Europe, Jaarbeurs - Utrecht 547 exhibitors; animal husbandry and processing 04-06.06.2014 Vakbeurs Gebouwbeheer, Jaarbeurs - Utrecht 200 exhibitors; management of business premises 10-12.06.2014 GreenTech, RAI - Amsterdam 200 exhibitors in horticulture and floriculture industry 30.09.2014- World of Technology&Science, Jaarbeurs - Utrecht 03.10.2014 Industrial Dairy Show, Jaarbeurs - Utrecht Macropak, Jaarbeurs - Utrecht Industrial Processing, Jaarbeurs - Utrecht 338 exhibitors; automation, electronics, laboratory; dairy industry technology; packaging 07-09.10.2014 Energie, Brabanthallen - ‘s-Hertogenbosch energy, solar, passive building, sustainability. 02-04.12.2014 Healt & Natural Ingredients, RAI - Amsterdam 230 exhibitors; health ingredients, natural ingredients Macedonia Note: All mentioned fairs in Macedonia are organized by the same or-ganizer and at the same place. At this moment the respective pages on the organizer’s website do not include any further details. 25-30.03.2014 Mebel furniture, interior, woodworking supplies and machinery 10-12.04.2014 Days of Education universities and major employers 10-12.04.2014 Skopje Travel Market congress tourism, agrotourism, rural tourism, wine tourism etc. 24-27.09.2014 AgroFood Fair food and beverages 14-18.10.2014 Tehnoma Fair metallurgy, electronics, non-metals, security Selection of upcoming trade fairs. short Calendar of Trade Fairs

×