IBM’s Global Location Trends Show Record Year for Inward Investment in the Netherlands

Holland also ranks highly for average job value of investment projects

IBM's Global Location Trends '17 show record inward investments for the Netherlands. Holland also ranks highly for average job value of investment projects.

The Global Location Trends 2017 Report, released annually by IBM, reports a record year of inward investments for the Netherlands. Holland’s inward investment increased approximately 10 percent, “building on the significant momentum and growth seen in the previous three years.” Globally, job creation through FDI also increased 10 percent, reaching its strongest performance in the past decade.

In addition, the Netherlands ranks No. 4 globally by average job value of investment projects. Finally, the Amsterdam-Rotterdam metropolitan area shows consistent growth and is a global top destination for foreign investors. The metro ranks No. 2 by number of projects.

Overall, access to “international markets and leveraging global supply chains are expected to continue to drive foreign investment,” said IBM. Each year the report analyzes the latest trends in corporate location selection, and where companies are locating and expanding their businesses around the world, creating jobs.

Recent investments in Holland

Contributing to growth of investment in the Netherlands are countless multinationals.

Just this summer, data center company Equinix and biofuels producer Renewable Energy Group expanded to Amsterdam. Australian space startup Fleet opened its European headquarters in Delft, and Japanese biotech company Human Metabalome Technologies opened an office in the Leiden Bio Science Park. Glass packaging company American Glass Research announced plans to open a research laboratory in Delft. Meanwhile, leading retailers Zalando and Bestseller United, based in Germany and Denmark respectively, joined the FashionTrade wholesale platform in Amsterdam.

In 2016, companies such as Google, Medtronic, Oracle, PVH, Carnival, Coca-Cola, Danone, Can-Pack, Hikvision, and more celebrated expansions and establishments in Holland.

FDI growth driven by manufacturing, logistics and ICT

IBM’s Global Location Trends 2017 reports manufacturing, logistics and ICT leading global foreign direct investment growth. These sectors align with key industries in the Netherlands.

Considered one of the most wired countries in the world, Holland is a hotspot for information and communications technology companies. Global IT companies like Microsoft, Cisco, Interxion, Infosys, Huawei, Oracle, Intel, IBM, Verizon and Google invest in Holland for its unparalleled IT infrastructure.

Additionally, the Netherlands is a hub for foreign-owned logistics and distribution operations. Many multinationals choose Holland as their gateway to Europe to manage supply chain or grow e-commerce operations. Companies in a wide range of industries—from agrifood and life sciences to chemicals, maritime and IT—have also established advanced manufacturing operations in the Netherlands.

Source: IBM Institute for Business Value

29 August 2017

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