Netherlands Country Report

Existing strong ties get a boost

President Xi Jinping meets Dutch King Willem-Alexander. Both sides vowed to step up trade and economic co-operation. Photo: AP

China has enjoyed excellent trade and economic relations with the Netherlands for decades but, this year, the bond was strengthened with President Xi Jinping's visit to the European country in March.

Wednesday, 10 June, 2015, 3:25pm

Crafted by angels, waterways give city reasons to flourish

Views of Canal Prinsengracht and the Anne Frank House from the bell tower of the church Westerkerk.

The Netherlands' spiritual capital is an alluring confection of imposing architecture, fascinating museums and serene canals. Water has played an important part in the city's evolution, being responsible for its original incarnation. In the 12th century, fishermen erected a bridge and dam across the River Amstel, resulting in the village of Amstelredamme.

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Dutch fare at its freshest

Eel shrimp herring is directly imported from the Netherlands.

The Netherlands may not be as famous for its cuisine as, say, France or Italy, but Dutch menus still offer many excellent selections often featuring seafood, fresh vegetables and hearty meat dishes guaranteed to keep out the cold during the winter months.

10 Jun 2015 - 3:25pm

University of Groningen programmes bridge science and society

Professor Sibrand Poppema, president

Top-notch education usually comes at a price, particularly for international students at prestigious universities.

A British survey reveals undergraduates from outside Europe pay up to four times the maximum amount charged to British and European students. But premium education need not cost much.

10 Jun 2015 - 3:25pm

ERS Railways to link China with Europe

Frank Schuhholz, managing director

ERS Railways' keen customer focus lends dynamism to a rather traditional industry. With established routes from its headquarters in Rotterdam into the hinterlands of Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Poland and Turkey, the next stop for Europe's leading rail cargo company would be China.

10 Jun 2015 - 3:25pm

VanRiet unveils intralogistics solutions at Shanghai fair

Rik van den Boog, CEO

At the CeMAT fair in Hannover last May, visitors were impressed as intralogistics specialist VanRiet Material Handling Systems unveiled its next-generation sorting solution. Shuffling packages at more than 2.5 metres per second, the IQ-Grid is 25 per cent faster than any other system available worldwide.

10 Jun 2015 - 3:25pm

Incotec grows crop yield, cultivates food safety in Asia

JanWillem Breukink, senior executive board member

Seed companies in Asia have been upgrading their crop technologies to boost agricultural production. With more mouths to feed and more people requiring safer, healthier and better-tasting fruits and vegetables, Incotec helps plant growers improve food production by cultivating innovative seed enhancement solutions.

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CSi offers modular conveying and palletising solutions

Jan de Bruijn, managing director

Manufacturers and contract packagers in Asia are moving towards automation due to increasing labour costs and stringent manual labour regulations. CSi Industries, one of the world's market leaders in intelligent product handling systems, seeks to replicate its success in the region with dedicated palletising solutions.

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Odin Marine ready for China's rising chemical exports

Peter van den Akker, managing director

China is transitioning from being one of the world's biggest importers of bulk liquid chemicals to potentially the industry's biggest exporter. The entire shipping sector is bracing for the change that may transform the global competitive landscape - and none is more ready than diversified ship-brokering firm Odin Marine Europe.

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Dutch logistics firm feels right at home in China

Ulf Boll, CEO

Global commodity flows are subject to ever-changing trading patterns. This is something that commodity warehousing and logistics companies such as Netherlands-based C. Steinweg have always had to watch closely.

10 Jun 2015 - 3:25pm

Delta Electronics fosters smarter and greener world

Jackie Chang, president and general manager, Delta EMEA and Russia operations

When visionary Bruce Cheng established Delta Electronics in 1971, he envisioned a world-class company that would be instrumental in pursuing environmental conservation. By delivering innovative technology with the highest possible standards of energy conversion efficiency, Cheng's vision has come to fruition.

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Mechatronics introduces automated diagnostic instruments into Asia

Jan Buis, CEO

RR Mechatronics' passion for innovation is driving efficiency and quality of medical laboratories worldwide.

10 Jun 2015 - 3:25pm

Tanatex opens Asian facility for sustainable textile processing

Marco de Koning, CEO

A one-stop shop for the textile processing industry, Tanatex Chemicals makes eco-friendly solutions economically sensible throughout the global value chain. The company is behind functionalities as diverse as fluorine-free water repellency, thermo-regulation of skin temperature, cosmetic finishes and flame retardant solutions in apparel and technical textiles.

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AVG Technologies defends internet users against personal online threats

John Little, Chief financial officer

The need for online security continues to extend from the personal computer to any connected device, putting sensitive information at greater risk. AVG Technologies addresses online threats to individual internet users with forward-thinking, personalised security solutions.

10 Jun 2015 - 3:25pm

Loyens & Loeff paves legal, tax gateway to Benelux investments

Thierry Lohest, corporate partner

Poised for dynamic growth, strategically located and equipped with a competitive tax system, the Netherlands offers foreign investors promising opportunities to diversify their portfolio. Success, however, lies in the seamless navigation of the market's legal and tax landscape - and partnering with the right expert is key.

10 Jun 2015 - 3:25pm