International Business Environment

A unique combination of international business communities in the topsectors Agri-Food, Life Sciences & Health, High Tech Materials and Cleantech & Energy.


Food Valley’s status as an Agri-Food hot spot is illustrated by the presence of research and development labs, production facilities, and offices of more than 60 multinational Agri-Food corporations. The list of globally operating companies in the greater Food Valley area includes household names such as: Kraft Heinz, Unilever, Nestlé, Cargill, FrieslandCampina, Yili and Kikkoman.

Cleantech & Energy

With about 1,400 companies and organizations working in the area of Cleantech and Energy, East Netherlands has become a valued incubator for more sustainable products, processes and services. East Netherlands’ private players in Cleantech and Energy include everything from multinational corporations to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), such as: Akzo Nobel, BASF, DNV GL, Royal Haskoning, HyET, Kiwa and Vitens.

High Tech Materials

East Netherlands is a technology hot spot, focused on micro and nanotechnology, high tech systems and materials and information technology services. In all, an estimated 1,200 technology and materials-related companies now operate in the region. Among the big players are corporations such as AkzoNobel, Apollo Vredestein, Basf, Bayer, Benchmark, DSM, Infor, NXP, Sensata, Siemens, Teijin, TenCate, Stork, and Thales.

Life Sciences & Health

East Netherlands is home to Health Valley: a network of leading health and technology research organizations. Working to bring a new generation of medical breakthroughs to the clinic and to the market place. Many of the world’s leading life sciences and health companies have already chosen to settle here. Among them are: Abbott, Astrazeneca, Biotronik, LeadPharma, Medimmune, Mindray, Novartis and Synthon.


Starting Up in the Netherlands


ing. B.T.W. Kemperink (Bernold)
senior project manager International
0031 6 288 760 89
A. Hoogeveen MBA (Albert)
senior project manager International
0031 6 514 167 34