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Newsletter #22

January 2017


Happy New Year

The Consulate-General of the Netherlands wishes all of you a wonderful New Year. The Holland Hub Australia network has prospered over the last year and many new members have joined. We are looking forward to continuing this line of success in 2017!

Holland Hub Australia

DollsVilla by Liliane® for rehabilitation resort

A DollsVilla by Liliane® proves its effectiveness in the Sydney Royal Rehab's new Sargood on Collaroy Resort.

The acquisition of the DollsVilla was a result of the Dutch Trade Mission to Australia in November 2016.

"We are very happy with the DollsVilla!" - Delia Gray director of Allied Health Royal Rehab and general manager of Sargood.


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Huisman builds world's largest bearings

Huisman, the worldwide specialist in lifting, drilling and subsea solutions, is currently producing the world’s largest bearings at its production facility in China. These two 30m in diameter bearings are meant for the world’s largest Tub Cranes: the two 10,000mt Huisman designed cranes which are under construction for Heerema’s new semi-submersible crane vessel ‘Sleipnir’.

Since 2012, Huisman has been successfully designing and constructing small bearings with a diameter of up to 14m.

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ORTEC Customer Day 2017, Melbourne

On March 2, 2017 ORTEC Australia & New Zealand will hold its 3rd Customer Day on Thursday March 2nd 12 pm to 7.30 pm at The Blackman Art Series Hotel, Melbourne.

The day will bring together local and international experts across the fields of logistics, workforce, field service and community health care planning and scheduling.

Customers and professionals interested in optimisation can meet and share best practices, as well as meet ORTEC Product Managers and discuss product direction.

The theme of the day is “Why Planning and Scheduling must be a core competency in your business.”

Get inspired and discover why optimised planning and scheduling must be a core competency in your business. Places are limited so secure your spot to this FREE event and register by signing up today!

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à BLOC Bicycle Beer launches Superprestige beer in Australia

Dutch cycling beer brand à BLOC Bicycle Beer, which was part of the trade mission to Australia last November, has launched its à BLOC Superprestige beer in Australia during the Tour Down Under in Adelaide!

The launch included a number of events, led by the Car Park Party in Adelaide CBD on the 21st of January where around 5,000 guests celebrated at the finish line with a cold à BLOC craft beer.

This craft beer with added Alpine Minerals underlines that performance is of more value when shared with friends.

à BLOC Australia has teamed up with local craft beer experts Cavalier Brewing to produce the beer domestically. The craft beer will be distributed through a number of partners and will be available in bars and stores in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane, as well as online. Other cities will follow soon with plans to have 150 points of sale in Australia by the end of 2017.

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Atlas Professionals celebrates one year anniversary in Perth!


Dutch specialist recruiter Atlas Professionals is celebrating its one year anniversary in Perth, Australia. Over the last year, Atlas has been able to achieve its goal of strengthening its presence in Perth. Now, with secure agreements in place, Regional Business Manager Ian Marshall discusses the team’s successes over the past year and his hopes for 2017.

“The past year has been exceptional for strengthening relationships with current clients and introducing our services to new clients,” says Ian. “Our biggest success has been expanding brand awareness and showing our capabilities, not only in the APAC, but worldwide.”

What’s the next goal for Atlas in Australia? “With our agreements in place and strengthened partnerships our goal is to become one of the top three agencies in the APAC region for the energy, marine and oil and gas industries. We would like to thank all of our clients and professionals that have collaborated over the past year and we are looking forward to working with you in 2017.”

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EY press release - Europe remains attractive for investment regardless of the geopolitical instability

Despite the current geopolitical and economic risks, companies have ambitious investment plans for Europe: 56% of the international investors are planning to invest in Europe within the next three years. This results from EY's 2017 European attractiveness survey - Plan B for Brexit, a survey among 254 international investors.

This report is part of a series by EY on the attractiveness of Europe and European countries for cross-border investments. Since 2000, this series has provided information on international location strategies and their impact on countries and cities in Europe. The global political, economic and investment landscape has entered an exceptional period of transition.

You can read the press release in Dutch here and you can find the research in English here.




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AIWW Conference - Call for cases and solutions!

The Amsterdam International Water Week conference 'Water….and nine billion people’ focuses on the transition to a circular and resilient water environment in high density living areas. To achieve real breakthroughs on this subject, the AIWW conference invites cities, industries, regions, countries, partnerships, institutions, to submit real life cases.

The conference also calls on experts to submit their solutions, insights, innovations and best practices. Concrete, real life water cases and case owners will be matched with international experts and solutions. The AIWW conference aims for a series of agreements where cases owners, and – for example - experts, suppliers, investors, pledge to continue their work until they reach the goals that they have set.

The complete call for cases and solutions is available here.  Abstracts of cases and solutions can be submitted starting February 2017. Deadline for submission is March 31st 2017. Notice of acceptance will be May 30th 2017.



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Results of the Randstad Workmonitor

New research from HR and recruitment specialists Randstad has found that more than half (55%) of Australian workers don’t think that they have the digital skills to guarantee future employability.

A further two-thirds (67%) believe that digitisation of the workforce requires different skill sets to those available at their current employer.

Randstad Australia and New Zealand CEO Frank Ribout believes that there is more pressure than ever on employers to upskill the workforce and that if skills shortages and lack of training is not addressed in the immediate future, Australia risks having a workforce that is not skilled for long-term employability.

Randstad Workmonitor highlights: Jobseeker sentiments in digital age
• 85% of Australians believe every company should have a digital strategy
• 62% of Australians surveyed state their employer has a digital strategy
• 67% agree that digitisation requires different skill sets than currently available with employees at their employer
• 55% believe they personally need to acquire more digital skills to guarantee their future employability

What's Happening?


Australian Assistant Minister Angus Taylor has visited the Netherlands

At the end of January the Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister the Hon. Angus Taylor, Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation visited the Netherlands. Dutch government and business officials have shown the Minister the smart city developments in the Netherlands and he also visited some of the smart city sites in and around Amsterdam.

In November last year a 26 strong smart city delegation from the Netherlands took part in the Dutch trade mission to Australia. As a follow up seven Australian cities signed MoUs with cities in the Netherlands through the international GSC3 smart city alliance: Adelaide, Canberra, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Sydney, Ipswich and Sunshine Coast.

During his visit to the Netherlands, the minister was also updated on the Dutch Smart City Strategy which was presented to Prime Minister Mark Rutte on January the 25th in The Hague. The chairman of GSC3 also met Assistant Minister Taylor and presented a Dutch perspective on the importance of the Australian Dutch smart city collaboration.

In March, a small smart city delegation from the Netherlands will be back in Australia to follow up on the meetings they had last year and in May a larger delegation will be back as the Netherlands is planning to participate with a smart city pavilion at the National Australian Smart Communities Conference in Adelaide.

Australian Smart Communities Conference

Who's new?


Scotch & Soda

Scotch & Soda are inspired by the world and curated by Amsterdam. A team of passionate discoverers pours the worldly treasures they find into collections full of unexpected details. These collections all start life at our design studio in the heart of Amsterdam.


LoveStories is the brainchild of multi-talented Marloes Hoedeman, who is first and foremost a fashion and interior stylist. Hoedeman began her brand in the hopes of creating beautiful underwear for herself. A combination of high quality products blended with an affordable price.



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