1 October 2019
Whether they’re in the agriculture, chemical, metallurgy, construction or another sector, all solid bulk goods companies in the Netherlands will be interested at some point in the new releases unveiled at this exhibition. From powders to granules and various materials, they may be concerned by weighing, dosing, processing, handling, transport or storage solutions – not to mention the major issues of safety, waste and the environment in general, which today transcend any industrial process.
Let’s take a look at this economically flourishing country where Delta Neu Benelux has a subsidiary which will of course be at the show on 2 and 3 October!
Solids takes place every two years in Rotterdam, the second largest city in the Netherlands after Amsterdam, and the real industrial heart of the country. Its geographical position at the mouth of the Rhine and Meuse and its proximity to the North Sea give it a strategic commercial position in European trade. More importantly, Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe.
The Netherlands is also ranked 17th in the world (2018 IMF ranking) among the richest countries with a GDP of $912.9 trillion. It’s also one of the top 10 global exporters. Its GDP is rising, unemployment is falling and the budget surplus is €11 billion. According to inflation-adjusted figures, the Dutch had 2.6% more income last year.
This country with its flourishing economy draws on strong industrial activity, which includes the Solids exhibition. This meets all the needs of solutions in the field of weighing, dosing, processing, handling, transport, or storage of solid bulk goods.
The food industry is one of the most successful industries in the country. The Netherlands is the world’s second largest agricultural and agri-food exporter behind the United States. Almost 80% of agricultural exports are destined for the other Member States of the European Union. Its biggest trading partner is Germany, followed by Belgium and the United Kingdom. Two main types of agri-food industries can be distinguished in the Netherlands. The first is characterised by the processing of raw materials of local origin, especially dairy products (cheese) and meat. The second type deals with raw materials of foreign origin, including feedstuffs, oilseeds, fruits and products such as cocoa, coffee and tea. The country’s extensive transport network greatly facilitates access to raw materials.
The chemicals sector is also one of the main suppliers of chemical products and services in Europe. The country is home to the headquarters of 19 of the largest multinational chemical companies, including Royal Dutch Shell, DSM, AkzoNobel and BASF.
Other industries include energy, chemicals, trade, machinery, metallurgy, electrical products and services, and tourism.
The Netherlands, small in size but large in economic vitality, is nevertheless vulnerable because of its export performance, making it dependent on the economic health of its neighbours. Stalling growth in Germany, which is the country’s main trading partner, Brexit-related uncertainty, and the trade war between the United States and China are all concerns for Dutch manufacturers.
But The Hague is already considering setting up a fund endowed with some €50 billion to cover all eventualities, by borrowing on the capital markets at a time when rates are at their lowest.
Indeed, a country that has been firmly anchored for centuries against headwinds will not cave in at a slight breeze!
“For our part,” says Johan Goossens, Director of Delta Neu Benelux, “the combination of our various services focusing on air quality and improving production and processes opens up some very interesting opportunities for us! Come and find out about them at the show!”
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