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​Increase in investments of foreign companies in Noord-Holland Noord, north of Amsterdam

ALKMAAR – Fueled by mainly developments in the seed breeding and in green energy, foreign investments in the region North North-Holland have increased in 2017. For example, the foreign investment in Seed Valley was 65 million euros last year. For energy, the investment was more than 200 million euros in this region.

In 2017, various foreign companies in North North-Holland, mainly in seed breeding, have announced that they will continue investing in production and research facilities. Examples are Monsanto, Syngenta, Hazera and Lotus Bakeries.

Investments in green energy are also increasing: In 2017, Vattenfall/NUON 32 has taken over wind turbine positions and in 2018, they will start building 100 wind turbines in Hollands Kroon. With an investment of over 200 million, this will become the largest wind farm in the Netherlands. Microsoft has announced that they will be using a large part of the 450 MW capacity of the NUON wind plan in Hollands Kroon for their datacenter in Middenmeer.

At the end of 2017, Chinese energy company Astroenergy announced that they will be investing in a 15 MW solar farm in Businesspark Andijk-Zuid. This alternative use of an existing business park fits well with the regional ambition in energy transition. At the start of 2018, the SDE-subsidy was officially granted and construction of the solar farm will start in the summer of 2018.

Energy Innovation Park Alkmaar
In Alkmaar, new companies have become established and other companies have expanded on the Energy Innovation Park in Alkmaar and the surrounding business park Boekelermeer Zuid. Foreign companies that have recently been established in the Energy Innovation Park are Dipanox and Hail Europe. Chinese company Donghua opened a new business facility in 2017, at location Het Venster.

Wind farms on the sea
In Den Helder, the offshore energy market is in full swing. The most northern place of the North-Holland province profits from the increasing demand for logistical solutions for wind farms at on the sea. In 2017, expertise and port and airport infrastructure were once again strongly emphasized in the national Offshore Wind bid book. The goal of this bid book is to introduce foreign investors in the wind farms on the North Sea to the positive investment climate of the Holland region above Amsterdam.

Drawing in the investments confirms the power of the business climate in NNH. Thijs Pennink, director of Development company NHN: "The region's focus on Energy, Water and Agrifood is paying off more and more. The attractive power of the region is increasing thanks to this clear profile. Development company NHN is ready to help investors become established or expand smoothly."

Invest in Holland-network
Development Agency NHN is partner of the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) and the Invest in Holland-network. This network works closely together to bring foreign companies to Holland or to keep them there. NHN accompanies about 50 (foreign) companies with investment projects in North North-Holland every year. In addition, NHN keeps in contact with existing foreign companies in the region in order to be able to quickly adapt to plans for expansion.

More than one percent of companies in the Netherlands is a foreign business. These companies provide no less than sixteen percent of all jobs in Holland (over 900.000 jobs) and over a quarter of the total added value of total businesses. 36 percent of the turnover and almost a quarter of the investments comes from companies of foreign ownership; about 12 percent of the investment in Dutch businesses (165 billion euros) comes from a business with an American parent company. The revenue and employment opportunities of these companies are growing significantly faster compared to those in Dutch hands (CBS, 2016).

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