Strong position as supplier to Germany impossible without a strong industrial base
Industry’s ties with Germany can only be strengthened if the industrial base in the
Netherlands is sustained. The biggest challenges in preserving the strength of Dutch industry
were outlined in the 2011 report ‘My Industry 2030: Holland’s going to make it’. Attention to
addressing the four challenges that were identified – the supply of first-rate staff, the level of
investment in and return on R&D activities, increasing the flexibility of business operations
and the availability of raw materials – must continue unabated.