In order to create residential areas that feel pleasant for a long time to come, every urban planning project requires a dedicated approach. One has to enter into a relationship with the local people and surroundings, in order to find the optimal sustainable solution. The project teams of LEVS architecten are always looking for specific answers that suit a particular situation. They work on residential and urban planning projects in The Netherlands and other Western European countries as well as in Russia and rural Africa. The company is based in a former harbour area in Amsterdam and has 40 employees.
Companies in the EU have had the benefit of an integrated European market for decades now. It has provided many opportunities to take products that have been successful in one market, and transplant them in new, untapped markets. To make this happen, you need a company willing to help you break in, like Lemar BV, a distributor of responsible food brands in the Netherlands.
Bioprocess Pilot Facility B.V. in the Netherlands puts its clients’ scale-up trials to the test. Unique in its sector, BPF scales chemical and biotechnological processes from the lab to precommercial scale and even further. But it is not just the company’s services that set it apart: it is its unique approach. Eric Goossens, Managing Director of BPF, explains more.
Construction accounts for much of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, but it is ever more necessary to house growing populations. New solutions are needed to reconcile the need to construct with the need to protect the environment. Additionally, inside spaces, especially in areas where land is at a premium, are required to be increasingly flexible, and adaptable to the changing needs of inhabitants. One of the most innovative responses to these challenges has been through investment in modular building techniques. Its forward thinking in this area has propelled Jan Snel to market leader.
It is a family business through and through: Managed by the third and fourth generations, Bouwbedrijf M.J. de Nijs en Zonen B.V. has successfully completed many outstanding buildings, including the EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, the national film museum of the Netherlands, and the Hermitage Amsterdam in Amsterdam, a local offshoot of the renowned The State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg. In business for almost a century, the company perfectly combines quality craftsmanship with advanced digital technology and a low environmental footprint.
Globalized and interconnected markets present opportunities for the democratization of technology. What does that mean? For BTC, it means bringing advanced technological solutions normally reserved for corporations, such as cloud-computing and mobile work platforms, to smaller and medium-sized firms in the Dutch market. Currently a major telecom reseller with a large client base in the Netherlands, BTC has brought in CEO Ray Kemp to mastermind an expansion into this new area. His plan has the potential to revolutionize not just the company, but small and medium-sized firms in the whole country.
While Chinese businesses are slowly but surely invading the African market – a young, dynamic market with growing potential, European companies are in danger of missing their chance. Few of them seem to realize that emerging African countries belong to the markets of the future. Jobeco B.V. in the Netherlands is definitely one of the few that have taken notice. The Dutch enterprise has its eyes on the African market, offering quality food products at affordable prices. Emphasizing their belief in everyone’s right for quality food, they aim to counteract the mass exploitation that is currently taking place throughout the continent.
What does the future of urban mobility look like and what about the recent e-scooter trend? Chris Bruntlett, the Dutch Cycling Embassy’s Marketing & Communications Manager talked to European Business about these questions and other aspects of urban mobility.
To love berries is to love colour. The natural goodness and sweetness of berries make them the perfect snack. Some of them have been elevated to superfoods due to their high amount of antioxidants and rich micronutrient content. Dutch berry specialist Berrico FoodCompany bv is an important link in the supply chain of these berries. Next to berries, also niche fruits, a variety of seeds and kernels and sometimes vegetables are part of Berrico’s assortment these days.
The Dutch Cycling Embassy, a public-private partnership based in Delft, wants to enable cities around the world to learn from the striking example the Netherlands has been setting in urban cycling over the past four decades. But just like Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither was Amsterdam’s reputation as the world’s most popular place to explore by bike. European Business spoke with Chris Bruntlett, Marketing & Communications Manager, about how the Netherlands became the world’s number one cycling country and how other cities can benefit from the cycling experience of the Dutch.