News - Horizon Flevoland


Dutch circular finance initiative launch Open Source Scorecard

8 February, 2024

The path to a circular economy is both new and profound, demanding a different perspective, experimentation, and the courage to choose a circular future. The Dutch circular finance initiative, known as the Kopgroep Circulair Financieren, is a public-private partnership that unites Dutch frontrunners in circular finance towards a common goal: Establishing circular financing as the norm by 2030. The circular economy aims to minimize the use of new raw materials and products, maximize reuse, and reduce waste by creating a closed loop of production and consumption....

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Better trained wind engineers with new international training center in Flevoland

20 October, 2023

‘Enercon is one of the leading companies in the wind energy industry and I am therefore very proud and pleased that Enercon has chosen to locate their new training center right here in Emmeloord, in Flevoland’. With these words deputy governor Chris Jansen officially opened the new international training center of Enercon in Emmeloord. Enercon is a German manufacturer of wind turbines and employs around 220 FTE, of which 110 engineers, in the Netherlands whom have all received training on...

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JVM Europe is the European leader in pharmacy automation solutions

14 September, 2023

JVM Europe, located in Lelystad, is the European leader in pharmacy automation solutions, with more than 1000 systems installed throughout Europe and more than 15,000 worldwide. 'Worldwide more and more elderly people require medical support from the government and hospitals. We are proud to support that matter by providing the pouch packaging', says CEO Iljun Chung. 'It is a lot easier for disabled or elderly people to take their medication at the right time and place'.

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Visit to KWS Benelux

22 June, 2023

With its strong agriculture and the space and mentality for business to grow, Flevoland is the perfect province for innovative foreign companies to expand their business. This week our project manager Qing Marr-Li visited KWS Benelux and had a very pleasant meeting with managing director Dick Wouda. The company in Nagele is a subsidiary of KWS Group, one of the world's leading plant breeding companies. KWS Benelux is dedicated to the R&D of innovative seed breeding for healthy and productive plants. Their high-quality...

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Visit to the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit and the Future Food-Tech

10 May, 2023

Qing Marr-Li, project manager Foreign Direct Investments, recently went to the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit and the Future Food-Tech in San Francisco to tell the story of Flevoland, connect with innovative companies and gain insight in the latest trends and developments. 'I look back on a fantastic trip! Inspiring sessions with fascinating industry developments in innovation and sustainability, interesting meetings with companies having the ambition to expand to Europe/NL and last but not the least, mingeling with Women in Agtech'. Do you...

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Visit to Taiwan and Korea

20 April, 2023

Diederik van der Toorn, project manager Foreign Direct Investments, recently went to the far-east, where he visited current investors from Taiwan and Korea, and met with innovative companies looking to expand to Europe. ‘Taiwan and Korea are the 21st and 13th economy respectively and both countries have a very strong technology industry. Especially in sectors such as semiconductors, robotics, automation and manufacturing they are home to many industry leading companies. In Flevoland we are proud to host some of the...

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Interview with Jeff Lin for the Chinese New Year

20 January, 2023

Happy Chinese New Year! On January 22 in China, the new year begins, the year of the rabbit. It is said that 2023 will be the year of hope. With this in mind, we asked Jeff Lin, general manager at HangCha Netherlands, a few questions about the cultural differences between the Netherlands and China and what is important to know if you want to establish a business relationship with a Chinese company. This interview is useful not only for Dutch...

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Horizon welcomes new team leader international

15 June, 2022

On September 1, we welcome Ties Elzinga as our new team leader international. Currently Ties is working as executive director of the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) team in London. They support companies from the United Kingdom and Ireland in setting up, or expanding existing, activities in the Netherlands. After studying Economic Geography, Ties started working as a consultant at Buck Consultants International, where he was mainly involved in international site selection projects for multinationals and marketing strategies for regions....

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Interview with Qing Marr-Li for the Chinese New Year

1 February, 2022

The Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is the most important of all holidays in China. During this time, the whole country shuts down for a whole week which has a big impact on global trade. It is wise to take this into account if you are in business with Chinese partners. This year will be the year of the Tiger. In China the Tiger is known as 'the king of all beasts'. The zodiac sign symbolizes strength...

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22 December, 2021

Team International of Horizon Flevoland would like to thank all our relations for the trust, support and cooperation in 2021 We look forward to a fruitful cooperation again in 2022, together we can make a difference to Flevoland and beyond. We wish you happy holidays and all the best for 2022!

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RDA-Netherlands and Invest International launch International Trade Facility

10 December, 2021

50 million euro for the international ambitions of start-ups and innovative SME’s To enlarge the earning capacity of innovative companies in the Netherlands Invest International and the regional development agencies (RDAs) team up. Invest International provides up to 50 million euro which enables co-financing with the RDA’s. The International Trade Facility is set up for startups, scaleups and innovative SMEs in the Netherlands that through their international growth ambitions want to contribute to realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Invest...

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BESTSELLER to build new high-tech logistics centre in Flevoland

10 November, 2021

Together with the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency and the Gemeente Lelystad, Horizon Flevoland welcomes BESTSELLER from Denmark in the Netherlands. In the coming year, BESTSELLER will begin construction on a high-tech logistics centre in the Netherlands. The new logistics centre will be a significant step in the expansion of the company's supply chain and will help BESTSELLER simultaneously increase its capacity and get even closer to its European customers. BESTSELLER will get even closer to its customers in the coming years with the establishment of a...

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Horizon Flevoland hosts first Invest in Holland gathering since COVID in Almere

20 September, 2021

On Thursday 9 September Horizon Flevoland had the chance to host the first physical gathering of Invest in Holland colleagues in more than 1.5 years.  Around 100 people gathered in Almere, next to the site where the final touches are being put to the Floriade exhibition 2022, for the Invest in Holland Knowledge College followed by a social evening. After an interesting and engaging discussion on Intercultural Communication, the guests were welcomed by director of Horizon Flevoland Marco Smit, director...

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JYSK will establish a distribution center in Lelystad, the Netherlands

14 June, 2021

Denmark-based home retailer chooses central Dutch location to serve European customers The Denmark-based international home retailer, JYSK, is going to build a logistics distribution center in the Netherlands. The development will take place on 25 hectares on the Flevokust Haven industrial park in the city of Lelystad. The municipality of Lelystad and JYSK signed an agreement on 4 June. The arrival of JYSK is expected create more than 350 jobs, the company reports. Lelystad Alderman Adam Elzakalai: "We warmly welcome...

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Update: Comings and goings, Potato Europe and Floriade

25 May, 2021

We’re pleased to share with you a few updates from Horizon! Comings & goings Âne Papma retired on April 1st. Âne has worked for Horizon Flevoland for the past 10 years. First as Project Manager FDI and then as Team Leader International. Âne played an important role in the transition from the OMFL to Horizon Flevoland. In addition, our colleague Pieter de Boer will become Area Director for the NFIA in San Francisco. Pieter will stop at Horizon on June...

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Local mayor kicks off potato planting season for PotatoEurope 2021

19 April, 2021

On the third Thursday of April, the first potatoes for the PotatoEurope harvesting demonstrations were planted under ideal weather conditions. By pressing the start button, acting mayor of Noordoostpolder Jan Westmaas sent autonomous implement carrier Robotti on its way to plant the first potato. The remainder of the big task was handled by planting machines of AVR, Dewulf and Grimme, aided by Case IH tractors. The planting of the potatoes for the harvesting demonstrations is another important step in the...

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Horizon Flevoland opens Smart Innovation Hub in Almere: A meeting place for innovative entrepreneurs

14 April, 2021

A space where innovative Flevoland-based entrepreneurs, educational institutions, regional governments and students meet. That’s the Smart Innovation Hub in Almere, which opened on April 15 in the Newday Offices building in Almere, to be precise. An initiative of Horizon Flevoland. “There was no natural meeting place for innovation until now. Almere is the first one, and I hope more will follow in Flevoland,” says innovation manager Manuela Krull. Manuela is the first point of contact and the public face of...

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Update Potato Europe 2021

29 March, 2021

We're happy to provide you with another update from Horizon Flevoland about Potato Europe and the progress that's being made here on the ground. We would appreciate your sharing this information with interested parties in your region and we are happy to work with you to make sure Potato Europe can fit into the agenda of foreign visitors. More than 173 companies in the potato value chain have confirmed their participation, with more than 1/3 of exhibitors coming from outside...

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Preparations for PotatoEurope trial fields in Lelystad have started

29 March, 2021

This week the PotatoEurope organisation has started preparing the potato trial fields at the event location near the central Dutch city of Lelystad. At the beginning of September this year, the potato industry exhibition will offer its visitors a look into the future of the potato sector. The fourteen eminent trial fields will thereby create a fascinating source of insight and information regarding current affairs. As spring has started in the Netherlands, the potato growing season is about to start...

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Circular pallets made of onion peel and foliage

5 February, 2021

Waterman Onions in Emmeloord enters into an innovative partnership with Tolsma Grisnich.They want to use onion waste to make circular pallets. Waterman Onions uses around 2000 pallets per week, which are sold with the batches of onions. 90% of these pallets are never returned and are loaded onto shipping containers. This gave them the idea to research whether they could use onion peel and foliage to make pallets. Together with Tolsma Grisnich they are going to experiment with this. The...

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Gathering around the ‘digital kitchen table’ to talk about the developments and possibilities in the Flevoland agricultural sector

2 February, 2021

On 1st February, Digni van den Dries, project leader of Akker van de Toekomst ('Field of the Future'), spoke with a group of farmers from Flevoland about the project on Zwijnsweg in Ens. The first growing season is over and the preparations for the next season are underway. Therefore, it was the perfect time to share experiences and provide each other with inspiration. ChallengesAkker van de Toekomst is a project that is striving to meet a few challenging objectives. The...

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Horizon joins Agrofoodcluster as newest partner

25 January, 2021

Horizon, the regional development agency for Flevoland, has joined the Agrofoodcluster as the newest partner.  This step is intended to strengthen and make official the long-standing connection between both organizations."Horizon Flevoland and the Agrofoodcluster already cooperate in a number of areas and we anticipate that our intensified cooperation offers more opportunities for local businesses: both members of the Agrofoodcluster and non-members. Together we can achieve more both domestically and abroad," according to Aalex Jansen, Projectmanager Foreign Direct Investments with Horizon.Counting Horizon,...

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11 November, 2020

We are pleased to announce the official launch of our very own international website,! Here you can find more about why Flevoland is an ideal spot for investments in sectors including Agri & Food, Manufacturing, Life Sciences & Health, Data Centers and Logistics. You can also read up on what is happening with international businesses in the region and why it's a great place for both businesses and quality of life. Watch out for updates as we place more and more...

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Horizon Flevoland Newest Partner of Trade and Innovate NL

23 October, 2020

Trade and Innovate NL, the national network of public organizations focused on the further internationalization of Dutch businesses, expanded today to include the 12th partner, Horizon Flevoland (regional development agency for Flevoland). Horizon Flevoland is committed to helping entrepreneurs grow while addressing larger societal questions relevant to future development.  As a partner in Trade and Innovate NL, Horizon Flevoland adds to the collective strength of the network to better support both Flevoland and Dutch businesses in realizing their international ambitions. Flevoland, a natural province for export Since the creation...

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New premises for Geesinknorba Emmeloord

15 October, 2020

Geesinknorba is proud to announce that the first piles were driven into the ground for a new building at the Werktuigenweg in Emmeloord. The new premises will accommodate Sales & Service Benelux and the Central Spare Parts Warehouse. The relocation of the Branch Benelux and Warehouse from our head office at the Betonweg in Emmeloord is necessary as the production area needs more space to further modernize operations. With the new building both Branch Benelux and Central Spare Parts Warehouse...

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McCain Foods in Lelystad begins line expansion

12 October, 2020

McCain Foods potato processing plant in Lelystad begins line expansion to further grow its footprint in the Dutch community McCain Foods announced today that it has broken ground on an expansion project for the Lelystad manufacturing facility located in the Dutch province of Flevoland. This expansion project inc ludes a line increase of 33% and a substantial investment of 65 million EUR to complete the plant upgrade. McCain Foods entered the European and Dutch market with the acquisition of its...

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Kobelco Almere; ninety years of innovation and excellence!

23 September, 2020

In 1930, Kobelco created Japan's first electric mining shovel, which paved the way for all future Kobelco construction machinery and set the tone for decades of pioneering technological developments. By 1960, Kobelco completed the Okubo factory and manufacturing of construction machinery began. Today, this factory still exists and is dedicated to the production of Kobelco cranes. It is one of four Kobelco factories in Japan. In 1967, the first crawler-type hydraulic excavator was produced by using Kobelco-own technology, the H208,...

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Ambassador Hoekstra: ‘America is open for business from Flevoland’

23 June, 2020

On 23 June the American Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands, the Embassy of the United States and Horizon Flevoland organized a unique online event. A select group of international business leaders, all based in Flevoland, took part in an online roundtable with U.S. Ambassador Pete Hoekstra and AmCham program director Elke Roelant. With this roundtable Horizon Flevoland was able to connect local enterprises with American connections with each other in order to find common ground and stimulate networking. America,...

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Exclusive online roundtable: ‘In conversation with ambassador Hoekstra’ on 23 june

16 June, 2020

Horizon Flevoland is eager to explain the resources we have available for entrepreneurs in Flevoland with an American parent company, and to hear about their needs.Therefore we have organised an exclusive roundtable. Goals of the roundtable: Presentation of three organisations en their resources for international companies Discussion of the current situation for international companies and what your needs are Networking and meeting other entrepreneurs Program 9:00 - Welcome by Irene Medema and Eric Hanson of Horizon Flevoland 9:05 - Short...

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Horizon Flevoland: Irene introduces herself

14 April, 2020

Horizon Flevoland: Irene introduces herself Time flies and by now I am hardly 'new' to Horizon Flevoland. As of 1 November, I am part of Horizon Flevoland's International team. One of the first meetings I attended was the Invest in Holland masterclass in Enschede at the end of last year. The energy there and the chance to meet colleagues from all over the world made me even more eager to embark on this new adventure. Before coming to Horizon, I...

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Preface newsletter april

14 April, 2020

Dear Reader, In the meantime the whole world has taken measures due to the coronavirus. Almost everyone around the world will feel the consequences of these measures. It is to be expected that as a result our projects will be delayed. This is unfortunate because next to the projects we are sharing in this newsletter, we are working on a lot of interesting projects and developments. So far we have learned that IR companies are going to be in trouble...

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Ocean Choice International

2 April, 2020

Ocean Choice International Ocean Choice recently took its next step in conquering the world. This Canadian company has chosen Urk, the fish centre of Europe in the province of Flevoland, as its location to further develop the European market. The Nova Scotia-based company covers the entire supply chain, from fishing with its own fleet in the Atlantic waters on Canada's east coast to delivering the final products to the wholesalers or supermarkets in America, Europe and the Far East. The...

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The Sherwin-Williams Company

2 April, 2020

The Sherwin-Williams Company On a Friday afternoon we visited The Sherwin-Williams Company. This company is established in Lelystad and Theo Wemmers has been the managing director for many years. The Sherwin-Williams Company is one of the big players in the field of varnishes and paints. It currently employs over 220 members of staff and, as it continues to be hard to find properly trained staff, Valspar has its own training centre in a building adjacent to its head-office. Two and...

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Control Towers International develops logistics proposition Flevoland

2 April, 2020

Control Towers International develops logistics proposition Flevoland Last year Control Towers International (CTI), established in Hoofddorp, bought a plot of land of 1.3 hectares at Lelystad Airport Business Park for future development. CTI has the ambition to offer start-up companies the possibility to grow their operations in Lelystad. CTI offers a broad range of innovative logistics solutions all over the world, managed by a control tower that is supported by the most up-to-date IT-devices. Lelystad offers CTI options to further...

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Successful launch Logistics Cluster Flevoland

1 January, 2020

Logistics Cluster Flevoland has started! Logistics Cluster Flevoland is an initiative of the municipalities of Almere, Lelystad and Zeewolde, Windesheim University, ROC Flevoland, Horizon Flevoland and Win4All - Economic Board Flevoland. The Cluster is supported by organizations such as Lelystad Airport Businesspark and Werkbedrijf Lelystad. Logistics Cluster Flevoland brings entrepreneurs, education and governments together to give further substance to the Logistics Hotspot Almere-Lelystad-Zeewolde. This year the region finished third on the list of top logistics locations in the Netherlands. The...

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Giant establishes its own European distribution centre in Flevoland

19 December, 2019

The Ground Breaking Ceremony was on friday the 6th of september between 11:00-13:00. Bicycle producer Giant is investing 13.5 million Euro in a new distribution centre in Lelystad. The distribution centre will cover 22,000 square metres and will be built as an addition to the existing production facilities in Flevoland. The additional buildings are intended to allow the brand to better streamline the distribution, storage and after-sales service for Europe, in particular for specialities and e-bikes. Europe plays an important...

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Collaboration with Chinese province of Zheijiang intensified

12 December, 2019

A high-level delegation from the Chinese Province of Zhejiang, led by Vice-Governor Mrs Liang, visited the Province of Flevoland in September. Flevoland has had an amicable relationship with the Province of Zhejiang for 20 years. King's Commissioner Leen Verbeek and Horizon jointly welcomed the delegation in the Provincial Government Building. Besides participating in theChina Business Week in Rotterdam, this visit mainly intended to strengthen the ties with European partners now that the relationship with the USA is under pressure. The...

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Data centres are looking for space

22 November, 2019

Recently, the Amsterdam region announced to want to exercise caution in its offer of space to meet the growing demand for data centres. For some time now, Flevoland has been pleased with the interest of the large players in this field. The hyper-scale data centres are searching the country ever more intensively for business locations with potential. For 'intersections' where large-scale space, energy supplies (preferably sustainably generated), cooling water/use of residual heat and connections (digital and logistical) meet. With the...

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Horizon Flevoland official partner PotatoEurope 2021

21 October, 0202

PotatoEurope is an international event exclusively dedicated to the entire chain of potatoes. The event takes place each year in one of the event's four partner countries: Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands. The next edition will be held from 1-2 September 2021 at the location of Wageningen University & Research (WUR), Field crops  in Lelystad, The Netherlands. This new location for PotatoEurope is located in the province of Flevoland, which is the heart of one of Netherlands' most important potato...

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