This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.
Last Published: 7/27/2016

Overview

The Netherlands ranks 16th as a near-term, export destination for U.S. aircraft parts according to the International Trade Administration’s 2015 Aircraft Parts Top Markets Report.  The Dutch market for aircraft parts and associated equipment can be broken down into commercial and military aircraft parts and equipment.  A large percentage of all imported aircraft and associated equipment originate in the United States.  Noteworthy is the fact that the statistics do not reflect an important aspect of the market, which is comprised of services, R&D, and the exchange of technology.

On the military side, the Netherlands offers U.S. companies various opportunities.  In fact, the Dutch started to allocate an extra €100 million to the defense budget each year starting back in 2015.  A substantial portion of the annual budget is projected to go to expenditures of the Ministry’s central procurement office, also known as the Defense Materiel Organization (DMO), see breakdown below.

Unit: USD Thousands

 

2015

2016

2017

DMO Investment

1,434,747

1,537,987

1,589,705

New Materiel

1,092,303

1,193,408

1,241,703

Infrastructure

159,661

159,111

158,155

ICT

89,421

95,400

100,000

Research

60,970

58,775

58,554

NATO

32,392

31,293

31,293

TOTAL MOD BUDGET

7,337,435

7,437,048

7,509,559

Sub-Sector Best Prospects

Innovative, high tech products that will help the Dutch maintain and improve its competitive position has great potential.  The Dutch are looking for innovation and development in the fields of MRO, specifically the areas of electronics; assembly; development and production of parts; training and education; certification; logistics; and knowledge dissemination.  Innovations in the field of corrosion treatment, and composite maintenance and avionics will also be well-received.

On the military side, there are several opportunities as described in the Materiel Projects Overview (MPO).  An English version of the MPO is available on request.

The use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAs), also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or drones, is also increasing in the Netherlands. On the civil side, innovative technology that offers protection against unmanned, mobile systems has good potential in the Netherlands. On the military side, the Ministry of Defense is scheduled to purchase drones and equipment valued at $30 million in 2016.

Opportunities

The Dutch established a region called Aviolanda to support and stimulate the national aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) sector.  This initiative aims to take the Netherlands to the top as a center for state-of-the-art industrial maintenance, logistical processes, and repair in both civil and military aviation.  Aviolanda is based on one of the largest military air force bases in the Netherlands and the adjacent civilian premises where Stork Fokker has one of its large manufacturing plants and aircraft service centers.  In addition to the air force base, the military premises include the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s training institute, the logistics center, and it the meteorological service.  Various ongoing projects at Aviolanda include:
Business Accelerator (BAC) – Stimulates innovations in the field of electrical systems, corrosion treatment, and composite maintenance and avionics.

Unmanned Aircraft System Knowledge Center – At the moment, there is limited use of unmanned Aircraft Systems in the Netherlands although the necessary knowledge is prevalent on the market.  The knowledge center aims to cluster this know-how, which can be tapped into when demand increases.  It drives innovation and development in the fields of MRO; electronics; assembly; development and production of parts; training and education; certification; logistics; knowledge dissemination; and publicity.

On the military side, the Dutch were the first ‘Level 2’ partner in the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program and the fourth country to join as a JSF System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase partner.  There are several opportunities related to the development of the JSF.  There are also various opportunities associated with the modification, upgrade, replacement and maintenance of the F-16 aircraft, other aircraft, and various equipment.

Web Resources

Market Analyses:            

Global Aerospace Resource Guide 2015
http://export.gov/industry/aerospace/aerospaceresourceguide/index.asp
Materiel Projects Overview 2015 (available upon request)

Trade Shows:                    

Helitech Amsterdam
October 11-13, 2016 | Amsterdam, the Netherlands

MRO Europe
October 18-20, 2016 | Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Aerospace and Defense International Trade Summit
November 15-16 | Rotterdam, the Netherlands
www.intltradesummit.com

Associations:                     

The Netherlands Aerospace Group (NAG)
http://ww.nag.aero

The Netherlands Defense Manufacturers Association
http://www.nidv.eu

SME Resources:

Resources are posted on the Global Aerospace & Defense Team site
http://export.gov/industry/aerospace

Contact:                              

Aerospace & Defense Specialist: Natasha.Keylard@trade.gov

 

2014

2015

2016

2017 (Estimated)

Imports from the U.S.

514,292

1,765,967

2,026,293

2,551,423

Local Production

481,533

642,924

681,258

714,568

Imports

778,178

2,223,429

2,636,038

3,125,544

Exports

1,278,697

2,026,293

2,354,948

2,876,932

Total Market Size

982,052

445,788

400,168

465,956

$US thousands  (total market size = (total local production + imports) - exports)

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Netherlands Aircraft and Aircraft Parts Trade Development and Promotion