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An Expert's View about Water Treatment in the Netherlands

Last updated: 16 May 2011

The Netherlands history with water has taught them two fundamental truths: that water management is a process of continuous innovation and that water management has to be a team effort. That’s why the Netherlands possesses both technological expertises and a deep-rooted willingness to cooperate.

Sector briefing Water - Opportunities in the Netherlands Why the Netherlands? In the Netherlands, we know all about living with water. Our two thousand years of habitation in a delta area close to sea level has produced an ambivalent relationship: we love water and loathe it. Our permanent battle to control the sea and rivers has made us experts in water management. The experience has taught us two fundamental truths: that water management is a process of continuous innovation and that water management has to be a team effort. That?s why the Netherlands possesses both technological expertises and a deep-rooted willingness to cooperate. We have top research ?Energy scarcity offers new institutes in the field of water innovation, dredging firms that op opportunities for energy from erate world-wide, front- ranking hydraulic engineering companies and water technologies. For example market leaders in the field of water purification through osmosis and making use technology. But that?s not all. We also have of organic components in sewage government bodies that are geared up to deal with water, a relevant knowledge infrastructure water? and, last but not least, a strong public awareness of the issue. Find general information on the Dutch market conditions on UKTI?s website. The Doing Business Guide for The Netherlands gives an overview of The Netherlands?s economy, business culture, potential opportunities and an introduction to other relevant issues. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Water opportunities in The Netherlands The Dutch water sector contains loads of Opportunities knowledge and experience. The sector is innovative, strongly international oriented and Every home in the Netherlands is currently globally has a good reputation. Especially our supplied with top-quality drinking water well functioning and advanced drinking- and through the tap. Residents see wastewater wastewater systems are renowned. A lot of collection and treatment as an automatic international knowledge centres have process. The Netherlands has a system to be established in the Netherlands, some proud of. The Dutch water sector was selected examples of these are UNESCO-IHE, Deltares, as one of the nine Top Economic Areas for KWR and Wetsus. government support for innovation and business. ? There is an interest in the Dutch However, increasing flexibility would enable a water sector in innovative ideas and faster response to new insights and in building partnerships with the innovations. The system needs to become UK. more sustainable by implementing the cradle to cradle principle, which will mean that using ? Besides this, the water construction water will not lead to a deterioration in water sector has a relatively small basis. quality. It will also enable water companies to obtain energy from the wastewater. ? When it comes to the water technology sector, most of the International expertise companies are SME?s aimed at niche One of the reasons why the Dutch approach markets. leads to sustainable solutions is that we take a collaborative approach to complex problems. ? Energy scarcity offers new The government, private sector and research opportunities for energy from water community work side by side to develop new technologies. For example through technologies, strategies and policies that meet osmosis and making use of organic our water-related challenges. And, instead of components in sewage water. As just relying on ?hard? technological solutions well as technologies that can offer (e.g. building higher levees, installing more powerful water treatment technologies at a pumps, and draining wetlands), we integrate ?soft? solutions such as policies that more efficient energy use. invite us to live ?with? water rather than fighting it all the time. Combining our expertise If you have any questions on the opportunities with that of key players around the world helps above, contact the UKTI contacts named in this us to find the best possible solutions to report. Business opportunities aimed international water issues. specifically at UK companies are added daily to UKTI?s website. These leads are sourced by our The companies within the Dutch water sector staff overseas in British Embassies, High provide work to more than 80,000 fte?s. Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors Together these companies realize a turnover of and in over 100 markets. more than ?17 billion of which almost 40% is achieved in foreign markets. You can be alerted to business opportunities on a regular basis by registering on the UKTI The Dutch water technology sector is split up website. Find out more on UKTI?s business over many different companies. There are opportunities service on the UKTI website approximately 450 Dutch companies active in delta technology and more than 1,500 companies, government bodies and other institutions within the water technology. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Water opportunities in The Netherlands Major events and activities UKTI contacts Aquatech (International Water Week) Michiel Hendrickx www.amsterdam.aquatechtrade.com Trade Adviser Contact: Stuart Whitehill British Embassy, The Netherlands Email: stuart@overseasfairs.co.uk Tel: (0031 70) 4270 308 Time: 1-4 November 2011 Email: michiel.hendrickx@fco.gov.uk Web: www.ukti.gov.uk Sustainability Live (UK) Click here Contact: David Connolly Email: David.Connolly@ukti.gsi.gov.uk Time: 24-26 May 2011 Dutch Delta Design 2012 http://www.ddd2012.nl Contact: Michiel Hendrickx Email: michiel.hendrickx@fco.gov.uk Time: April - June 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: Water opportunities in The Netherlands Next steps - This work is available via our Overseas Market How UKTI can help Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable service which assists British-based companies British companies wishing to develop their wishing to enter or expand their business in business in the Dutch market are advised to overseas markets. undertake as much market research and planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in To find out more about commissioning this The Netherlands, with its wide local knowledge work, or accessing other UKTI services and and experience, can provide a range of specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website services to British-based companies wishing to to find contact details for your local UKTI grow their business in global markets. 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 ? Arranging appointments ? Organise seminars or other events for you to meet contacts and promote your company in the Dutch market 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 © Published 2011 by UK Trade & Investment. ©Crown Copyright 2011 You may reuse this information (not including logos, images and case studies) free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence. 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Posted: 14 May 2011, last updated 16 May 2011

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