Chemical Opportunities

An Expert's View about Fertilizers and Nitrogen Compounds in the Netherlands

Last updated: 16 May 2011

The chemical industry is one of the main industrial sectors in the Netherlands. The port of Rotterdam acts as the largest hub for raw materials for the chemical industry in Europe.

Sector briefing Chemical Opportunities in The Netherlands Why The Netherlands The chemical industry is one of the main industrial sectors in the Netherlands. The port of Rotterdam acts as the largest hub for raw materials for the chemical industry in Europe. As a consequence, the Netherlands have the largest per capita refining capacity in Europe: 3.7 ton per person per year, compared to 1.6 ton per person per year in Germany. The European chemical industry, in turn, is the largest world-wide. The chemical industry supplies products to a wide range of other industries. Approximately two thirds of the sales of the chemical industry concern basic chemicals. In 2009, exports amounted to approximately ? 60 billion. That is more than 19% of all of the exports from the Netherlands. In 2009, ?The Dutch chemical industry imports fell by about 5.5%, to ? 46 billion. ranks second in the world in The chemical industry made a positive terms of the relative contribution of ? 14 billion (including the contribution of a country's rubber and plastics industries) to the trade balance in 2009, which is 40% of the total. chemical industry to GDP. Find general information on the Dutch market conditions on UKTI?s website. The Doing Business Guide for The Netherlands gives an overview of the Dutch economy, business culture, potential opportunities and an introduction to other relevant issue UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Chemical opportunities in The Netherlands priorities and goals for innovation in the Opportunities Dutch chemical industry are expressed in the ?Businessplan chemie?, published in 2006 by an industry-led workgroup: the ?Regiegroep UK firms should not neglect the Dutch chemie? (Businessplan: key area ?Chemistry? market. It plays a pivotal role from a generates growth, Regiegroep chemie, 2006). convenient and central location. It is compact in itself and home to several chemical majors The objectives of the innovation efforts for such as Shell, AKZO-Nobel and DSM. the chemical industry in the Netherlands are Furthermore, the Netherlands chemical the following: double the chemical sector?s research and educational programmes are contribution to the Dutch Gross National amongst the world?s best. Product in 10 years, starting in 2006; and halve the chemical sector?s use of fossil raw Chemicals materials, including the use for energy, within The Dutch chemicals industry is known as a 25 years, starting 2006. bulk producer of (petro) chemicals. There is little production however, of The required transition of the chemical pharmaceuticals or speciality (fine) industry to a less intensive industry in terms chemicals. Much of Dutch industry's needs in of raw materials, energy and labour provides this respect are imported. many opportunities for equipment suppliers to introduce new products and thus acquire a better market share. This International Trade Value stakeholder group includes engineering firms Import Export (? million, 2009) and many SMEs. Medicinal and pharmaceutical 19,072 20,187 products UK companies specialized in offering equipment to reduce emissions and increase Organic chemicals 9,173 13,266 energy-efficiency (among others), could Chemical materials and 4,242 6,106 benefit from the eagerness of public products n.e.s authorities as well as the industry itself in Plastics in primary forms 3,282 8,839 their strive for innovation in the following Essential oils and resinoids, 2,593 2,580 areas: perfume Inorganic chemicals 2,009 2,801 ? Material innovation, enabling both Plastics autonomous growth of the industry in non-primary forms 1,894 2,168 and substitution of fossil based Dyeing, tanning, colouring 1,290 2,066 materials by materials based on materials biomass as raw material. Fertilizers 405 1,242 Source: Statistics Netherlands 2011 ? Biotechnology for the production of specialty chemicals, enabling There are opportunities for UK firms to substantial reductions in energy use supply chemicals to the following industry and the substitution of fossil based sectors (among others): paint, plastics and raw materials by biomass based rubber, ink, adhesives, food processing, substrates. animal feed, lubricants, cosmetics, paper, metalworking, water treatment and detergent ? Catalysis and sustainable manufacture. processes, enabling reduction of waste, improved efficiency in the use of energy and raw materials and Equipment reduction of production costs. The chemical industry is one of the key areas   for innovation in the Netherlands. The UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Chemical opportunities in The Netherlands ? Process technology, enabling If you have any questions on the improved operation, reduction of opportunities above, contact the UKTI production costs, prolonged lifetime of contacts named in this report. Business existing installations and increased opportunities aimed specifically at UK flexibility of existing factories with companies are added daily to UKTI?s website. respect to feedstock and product. These leads are sourced by our staff overseas in British Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors and in over 100 Training and consultancy services markets. Health, safety and the environment are high on the chemical industry's agenda. The sector You can be alerted to business opportunities continues to work on the further improvement on a regular basis by registering on the UKTI of safety and environmental performances. website. Find out more on UKTI?s business This includes measures to reduce the opportunities service on the UKTI website emission of greenhouse gases, the certification of contractors or compulsory safety training. The high health, safety and environment regulation in the Netherlands offers opportunities to UK providers of training and consultancy services focussing on the chemical industry. In general, the number of fatal accidents and the Lost Time Injury Rate (LTIR) are far below the European average. An LTI (Lost Time Injury) is a direct physical symptom as a result of which an employee is physically or mentally incapacitated to work for at least one day (confirmed by a competent medical officer) and unable to carry out his planned duties. The LTIR (Lost Time Injury Rate) is the number of LTIs per million hours worked. During the past years, the Netherlands have been showing a slight reduction in the LTIR. Europe as a whole also shows a falling trend, whereas contractors are, unfortunately, showing a rising trend. The increase is caused by a small number of large-scale companies performing poorly. Therefore, the introduction of the new SCC Petro Chemistry, imposing further requirements on contractors, appears to be justifiable for the LTIR. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Chemical opportunities in The Netherlands Major events and activities UKTI contacts SOLIDS Netherlands Ruud Hadders Contact: Ruud Hadders Technology Trade Adviser Email: ruud.hadders@fco.gov.uk British Embassy The Netherlands Time: October 2011 Tel: +31 (0) 704270301 Email: ruud.hadders@fco.gov.uk Industrial Processing Contact: Ruud Hadders Email: ruud.hadders@fco.gov.uk Time: October 2012 Find full details of all events in this country and sector on the UKTI website. New export events are added daily to the site and you can register to be alerted to them on a daily, weekly or monthly basis UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant support for eligible Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend trade shows overseas. Find out more about UKTI support for attendance at overseas events UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Chemical opportunities in The Netherlands Next steps - How UKTI can help This work is available via our Overseas British companies wishing to develop their Market Introduction Service (OMIS), a business in the Dutch market are advised to chargeable service which assists British-based undertake as much market research and companies wishing to enter or expand their planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in business in overseas markets. The Netherlands, with its wide local knowledge and experience, can provide a To find out more about commissioning this range of services to British-based companies work, or accessing other UKTI services and wishing to grow their business in global specialist advice, please visit the UKTI markets. website to find contact details for your local UKTI office. This can include: ? Provision of market information ? Validated lists of agents/distributors ? Key market players or potential customers in the Dutch market ? Establishment of interest of such contacts in working with you Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2011 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Chemical opportunities in The Netherlands
Posted: 14 May 2011, last updated 16 May 2011