If you want to get together and discuss high-quality logistics and supply chain management, what better location than Dinalog in Breda? After all, everything at this top Dutch logistical institute revolves around only the most advanced innovations and forms of collaboration, which are vital when it comes to successful logistical operations. That’s also why the AmCham Brabant Chapter met at Dinalog on November 9, with around 100 people.
The meeting at Dinalog was the fourth convention of the Brabant chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands, which was established in 2009 at the initiative of the Brabant Development Agency (BOM). Its launch was in part inspired by the desire of US companies based in Brabant to have AmCham meetings in their own region. With some 300 US companies in Brabant, the American presence makes up over 25% of all foreign business activity in the province. If we look at the actual number of jobs created, this share increases to nearly 40%.
The Dinalog meeting focused on the role that the Netherlands can play at a time when ever higher demands are being placed on high-quality logistics and supply chain management. The extent to which the intended managerial role can be taken on will also determine the competitive power of an economic region and of the companies located in it.
Those who attended learned how important supply chain innovations are to the success of a company’s operations from Brabant-based multinationals Mars and ASML. Both companies provided useful information on how they developed and implemented these innovations for their European and global logistics operations.
The attendees were also able to meet Mr. Chris Buijink, Secretary General of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation (EL&I). Mr. Buijink stressed the importance of foreign companies for the Brabant and Dutch economy. The moderator of the meeting was Mr. Guust Verpaalen, Supervisory Board Member Philip Morris and new Chairman of the AmCham Brabant Chapter Committee who succeeded Amandus Lundquist earlier this year.
Meanwhile the AmCham Brabant Chapter’s program for 2012 has also been sketched out. “In addition to the two major meetings that members now
expect, we will be hosting a number of round-table meetings,” explains Bodo de Wit, who, as Foreign Investments Senior Project Manager at BOM, is closely involved with the Brabant organization. “The initiative for these sessions, through which we will be able to focus on fiscal, HR and other topics, comes from the American companies themselves. This once again demonstrates how involved these companies feel when it comes to having their own network in Brabant.”
For more information please contact Bodo de Wit, BOM Foreign Investments,
+31 (0) 6 15249 859 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on 15-11-2011