Germany: an enormous industrial sector on the doorstep
The German manufacturing sector generates added value of more than €500 billion. By comparison, the added value
delivered by Dutch manufacturing is slightly less than €70 billion. The turnover of the German technology industry (electrical
engineering, mechanical engineering and the automotive sector) alone will grow to over €900 billion during this decade. Specific
developments such as the Energiewende and Industrie 4.0 offer targeted opportunities for Dutch SMEs. Dutch suppliers in the
rubber, plastics and metal industries currently generate turnover of €6 billion in Germany.
With a more intensive effort and
sharper focus on German industry, a doubling of turnover in Germany in the coming ten years is feasible.