The Northern Netherlands is centrally located between the economic centers of the Netherlands (Randstad), Germany (Hamburg and Ruhr) and the Baltic Rim. The area is known for its industrial focus, whereas the service sector is growing rapidly. Regional strengths include energy, water technology, agribusiness, life sciences and chemical industry. The Healthy Ageing Campus hosts more than 400 subsidiaries in foreign companies for a broad range of economic sectors, such as Procter & Gamble, PPG, Dow Chemical, Honeywell, IBM, Teijin, Sara Lee, Tata, RWE, Kikkoman, SCA and ASUS. The region has an airport in Groningen and is situated between several international airports. The region has fast, direct connections by road, rail and via waterways to Rotterdam, Northern Germany and the Ruhr area, and to the Baltic and Scandinavian hinterland.
The Netherlands has a superior logistics and technology infrastructure.The Port of Rotterdam is Europe’s largest and most important seaport, while Schiphol Airport is ranked as Europe’s best airport for both cargo and passenger transport. The Netherlands is also classified as one of the world’s most ‘wired’ countries; a dynamic force in electronic commerce, communications