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The port area has a large cluster of specialty chemical companies. An industrial park concept has been developed whereby, for instance, utilities such as electricity can be purchased collectively thus reducing charges. For fine chemicals and pharma products the proximity of Schiphol airport is important. Other strong sector are fertilizer, produced by ICL and traded by Cargill, and waste to value (e.g. Chaincraft, Biodiesel and Orgaworld). Furthermore, the city of Amsterdam is the leading metropole within Europe for innovation.

Port of Amsterdam believes in the 'co-siting' concept, for instance, between specialty chemical manufacturers and tank storage terminal operators. The chemical producers can profit from the tank storage facilities of the storage terminals and lower logistics costs and concentrate on their core business: production. Other assets of this site include the experienced and multi-lingual labor force and the immediately available public utilities.

Area

Total 1200.0 hectare
Free 300.0 hectare

Amsterdam port (Westpoort) has approximately 500 hectares (1200 acres) of immediately available business sites at its disposal. The area is split up in lots varying in size. These are suitable for distribution companies, terminals, manufacturing companies and offices.

The port area has

  • availability of both large and small corporate sites
  • opportunities for port-related operations
  • opportunities for chemical industry
  • opportunities for process industry
  • opportunities for distribution operations
  • opportunities for regular companies  
  • Buildings for logistics purposes
  • Buildings for temporary storage

Infrastructure and Connectivity

Highway yes Port of Amsterdam has an ideal central location, excellent connections to the hinterland, only 15 minutes away from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
Railway yes 15 minutes away from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Waterway yes
Sea harbor yes

Compounds

  • Catalysts
  • Fertilizers
  • Ester base stocks
  • Resins, carbon black
  • Industrial lubricants
  • Paints and coatings
  • Bitumen
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • White oils and fatty acids
  • Pesticides, herbicides

Services

  • Electricity
  • Water of different grades (drinking water, industry water)
  • Steam

Port of Amsterdam likes to take the position of corporate advisor and partner. Besides offering sites and good locations, it also supports companies already established in the port area whenever possible, e.g with:

  • mediation for application of permits and technical advice
  • supervision for recruiting and training workers
  • supervision of building applications and subsidies
  • advice on the choice between ground lease or lot rental
  • park management, a vision of an area for a high quality, green and safe corporate surroundings
  • collective security
  • matchmaking - we introduce you to companies in the region that can mean something to you

Storage

  • Warehouses for dry goods
  • Tank storage capacity
  • Container terminal with connections to Far East
  • 45 feet draft, connections barge, road and rail to the hinterland

Proven success

In Amsterdam there are over 200 European head offices and dozens of European distribution centers. In and around the port area there are as many as 2000 national and international companies. Large investors in the Amsterdam port include: Cargill, Hitachi, Starbucks, TATA
Steel, Vopak, Sonneborn, IBM, DHL, PPG and Oiltanking. For an overview of the present chemical companies please click here.

Innovation and R&D

The city of Amsterdam is the leading metropole within Europe when it comes to innovation. The creative, intellectual and vibrant environment attracts the worlds brightest minds. Amsterdam has two universities (University of Amsterdam and Free University) and the Amsterdam Science Park. Amsterdam Science Park includes the Matrix Innovation Center that hosts innovative start-ups and chemical service companies and Innovation Lab Chemistry Amsterdam that offers start-up chemical businesses additional innovation support. Port of Amsterdam is well connected to the knowledge institutes and innovative start-ups in the region.
Amsterdam has a unique combination of R&D, start-up community and port facility, including funding opportunities. Amsterdam has an award-winning (European Capital of Innovation – iCapital 2016) start-up infrastructure, including an industrial accelerator in the port, Prodock. Numerous co-siting and industrial symbiosis options are available with R&D oriented companies, like Chemtura, Sonneborn, PPG, Albemarle, a.o.

Sustainability

Port of Amsterdam’s ambition is to further strengthen the biobased and circular chemical production. All amenities are in place, not only feedstock, utilities, storage capacity and easy access to markets, but also a strong linkage to innovation driven start-ups, incubators and a close collaboration with Innovation Lab Chemistry Amsterdam and Amsterdam Science Park. This makes port of Amsterdam a smart and sustainable chemistry hub.