Manufacturing industry comprises all companies that mechanically process materials into new products on a large scale.
This may involve, for example, machine building and the production of metallic items, vehicles, electronics, plastics and textiles. Sectors within the manufacturing industry include automotive, high-tech, horticulture, healthcare and shipbuilding.
Well-known Dutch examples of manufacturing companies are Quooker (hot water taps) in Ridderkerk, De Waal BV (ship controls) in Werkendam and Houdijk Holland (biscuit machines) in Vlaardingen.
In 2013, manufacturing in the Netherlands accounted for 10% of economic output and is still flourishing. The Netherlands ranked in Europe’s top three countries in terms of manufacturing production growth in 2015. And in 2016, almost all of the country’s top 100 manufacturing companies managed to close the year in profit. SMITZH focuses specifically on the manufacturing industry in West Holland, which is estimated at 10,000 companies.