Industrial investment set to grow by 25% this year, Dutch companies say

Much of the Dutch chemicals industry is located in Rotterdam. Photo:
Dutch industry expects investment to soar. Photo:

Dutch companies are likely to boost their investments in fixed assets like machinery and computers by 25% in 2018, considerably higher than the 16% growth rate forecast at the end of 2017, the national statistics office CBS said on Monday.

In the statistics office’s spring survey, industrialists said investment in 2017 was 19% higher than in 2016 when €8bn was spent by industry. Industrial investment was concentrated on buildings, machinery, transport vehicles and computers last year, the CBS said.

Investment in 2016 was 2% lower than in the previous year following two years of steady rises.

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