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Transcript of Netherlands
~ Roman Catholic 30%,
~ Protestant 20% (Dutch Reformed 11%, Calvinist 6%, other Protestant 3%),
~ Muslim 5.8%,
~ Other 2.2% They speak Dutch and Frisian Religion Economy The Dutch economy is the fifth-largest economy in the euro-zone.
- a stable industrial relations
- moderate unemployment and inflation
- a decent trade surplus
- an important role as a European transportation hub. 1 EUR is 1.33 Canadian Dollar Exports: Machinery and equipment, chemicals, fuels, foodstuffs Imports: Machinery and transport equipment, chemicals, fuels, foodstuffs, clothing Constitutional monarchy Business can be discussed during lunch. Spouses or partners are often included in a business dinner although business matters are usually not discussed when partners are present.
Gifts are generally not given or expected at business.
Time is money.
Teamwork over performance.
In many companies the decision-making is slow and ponderous, involving wide consultation and boardroom meetings. The Dutch keep talking until all parties agree. Once decisions are made, implementation is fast and efficient.
The Dutch tend to be direct, giving straight "yes and no" answers.
Do not promise anything that cannot be delivered. Business Etiquette Queen Abdicating! Dutch Queen Beatrix announced she was abdicating in favor of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander, who will become king on April 30. kafvfgvfjhefefgehjgdcvfgehffhfgfggfdggjgjgjkuytkndjghthjhhjhjdggggkfhdbfetrrheyrhdfbkjfhdfbjfkjfdjfkyurhb Ontario-based food company SunOpta Inc has announced that the SunOpta International Foods Group is expanding with a new organic and specialty cocoa site in Middenmeer, the Netherlands.
The new site will process internationally sourced cocoa beans into cocoa liquor, butter and powder. It will also provide the necessary capacity to accommodate the company’s expanding organic and specialty cocoa business that is currently processed by third parties.
Testing and commissioning of the new plant is expected to begin in the second half of 2013, with the planned transfer of the company’s existing cocoa volume by July 2013.
SunOpta Inc is a company focused on natural, organic and specialty foods products. The company specializes in the sourcing, processing and packaging of natural and organic food products. SunOpta launches new plant in the Netherlands Dutch Exports Continue to Grow Dutch exports continue to grow according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands. The volume of exports of goods grew more than 5 percent in January relative to twelve months previously. Exports growth was slightly higher than in the fourth quarter of 2012.The volume of imports increased by 4.5 percent in January, just below the growth level of the previous three months. Volume figures are adjusted for the number of working days.
The value of exported goods totalled 36.3 billion euro, i.e. nearly 6 percent up from twelve months previously. The value of imported goods rose by more than 5 percent to 32.4 billion euro, resulting in a trade surplus of 4.0 billion euro, i.e. an increase by 0.4 billion euro relative to January 2012.
The value of imports and exports of food and drinks and raw materials and mineral fuels improved substantially. The value of trade with EU countries grew more rapidly than with non-EU countries.
Export and import prices were respectively 0.6 and 0.1 percent up from one year previously. As a result, terms of trade improved compared to January 2012. March 14 March 15 Culture The feast of Sint Nicolaas or Sinterklaas.
Feast of Sint Maarten
Epiphany in the South of the Netherlands.
Queen's day or "Koninginnedag".
Their favourite sport is Football/ Soccer, Speed Skating.
Dutch eat more vegetables and dairy products than meat and poultry.
Dutch cheeses like Gouda are renowned world wide.
They also love pastries and cookies; in fact the word “cookie” is derived from Dutch word koekje or (informal) koekie which means little cake. The Netherlands
By ~ Humna Khan & Sarah Araujo AkzoNobel plans further investment in China AkzoNobel has announced its intention to invest a further 65 million in China. The investment will be used to boost capacity and significantly improve operational excellence at AkzoNobel’s Surface Chemistry manufacturing sites in Boxing and Ningbo.
More than half the money is being invested in the company’s facility in Shandong province, which was taken over as part of the acquisition of Boxing Oleochemicals in January 2012. As well as building a multipurpose reactor to expand local production capacity for amines, significant funds are also being made available to align HSE practices at the site with the rest of AkzoNobel.
In Ningbo, a new alkoxylation unit will be built, bringing the total investment at the multi-site close to the 400 million mark.
“There is increasing demand for our specialty surfactant products across Asia and investing in Shandong province will ensure that we provide a strong local manufacturing operation in order to support our customers as they themselves continue to grow”, said Werner Fuhrmann, AkzoNobel’s Executive Committee member responsible for Specialty Chemicals. “Ningbo also remains fundamental to our growth ambitions in the region and has a crucial role to play as we continue to expand.”
Added Bob Margevich, Managing Director of AkzoNobel’s Surface Chemistry business: “The investment in Shandong province will enable us to stay competitive and will enhance our manufacturing footprint in a key strategic region. The improved process capabilities and increased production capacity will furthermore strengthen our leadership position in specialty surfactants. It’s also crucial that we maintain stringent HSE standards at all our sites, so we are taking all the necessary steps to ensure the best possible working environment for our employees.”
As part of the investment decision, AkzoNobel will exit the merchant fatty acid business in Boxing, closing down two out of three fatty acid plants at the site, affecting about 200 employees.
AkzoNobel’s Surface Chemistry business is a global leader in the manufacture and supply of specialty surfactants, synthetic and bio-polymer additives, and specialty polymers. These products are used as formulation ingredients and process aids in many applications, ranging from home and personal care to asphalt road paving.
AkzoNobel currently employs more than 7,000 people in China, with 2012 revenue totaling 1.7 billion, the majority being generated from local demand. March 19