Top Invest in Holland Stories in 2017
Last year, the Invest in Holland network shared stories of companies that helped make Holland a center of innovation. In 2017, the Netherlands saw expansions in streaming services and data centers, celebrated the long-term investment of international companies and served as the location for major developments in food and health. Below are the highlights of 2017 and the companies that chose the Netherlands as their Gateway to Europe.
Netflix grew its European headquarters in the Netherlands with the opening of a new customer service center. The new Amsterdam-based hub will service ten European countries as well as other international markets and create 400 new jobs. With its new facility, the streaming company joins other North American tech giants with service centers in Holland, thanks to the country’s robust digital infrastructure and access to European markets.
Global interconnection and data center company Equinix opened its new International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in the Amsterdam Science Park. The $113 million facility, called AM4, enables companies to extend network structure into the digital age and enhance workload performance. In addition, AM4 conserves energy by not using mechanical cooling, furthering Holland’s commitment to a circular economy.
Global technology leader Infosys announced the opening of a new state-of-the-art office space in Amsterdam. As part of the expansion, the company plans to take its service offerings across Artificial Intelligence, automation, data and analytics, as well as many other advancing sectors. The new office serves as a representation of Infosys’ commitment to the Dutch market.
Consumer goods multinational Unilever started construction on a Global Foods Innovation Center in Wageningen. The company’s commitment to bettering the global food system was a key driver in the decision to invest in Holland. With the establishment of a research & development center, Unilever will serve as an active part of the University in Wageningen’s food ecosystem. By expanding in Holland’s Food Valley region, Unilever gains access to top talent and other industry-leading businesses with a focus in the sustainable growth and innovation in the agrifood sector.
European Medicines Agency
Following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, the EU sought relocation for European Medicines Agency to a remaining EU member country. The Netherlands was selected as the location of the new EMA headquarters out of 19 bids. The EMA was established in 1995 and has around 900 current staff members. The large majority of EMA employees expressed willingness to move with the agency to its new home in Amsterdam.
Merck Performance Materials
Merck Performance Materials, a leading science and technology company, opened a new production facility in Veldhoven, near Eindhoven in the Netherlands. The new facility, which involves an investment of around € 15 million, will focus on liquid crystal window modules. The expansion furthers the company’s expertise as the market and technology leader in liquid crystals for display systems across a wide range of products. Merck’s location in the Netherlands allows the company to reach businesses across the globe that seek the latest developments in interactive displays.
Japanese firm Kikkoman – the world’s leading producer of soy sauce – celebrated 20 years of success in the Netherlands. Kikkoman Foods Europe opened its first production facility in 1997 in Hoogezand-Sappemeer. Since then, the company has found continued success in Europe due to the rising popularity of sushi. With support for education, sustainability and cultural exchanges, Kikkoman has proven over and over its commitment to Dutch society.
The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency looks forward to welcoming innovative businesses that invest in Holland in 2018. To stay up to date on Dutch investment news, visit our news page.29 January 2018