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Last Published: 10/24/2018


The Netherlands ranks 10th as a near-term, export destination for U.S. aircraft parts according to the International Trade Administration’s 2016 Aircraft Parts Top Markets Report.  The Dutch market for aircraft parts and associated equipment can be broken down into two sectors – commercial and military.  A large percentage of imported aircraft and associated equipment in the Netherlands originates from the United States.  The given statistics do not reflect an important aspect of the market, which is comprised of services and R&D.
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1.23* Projected

(total market size = (total local production + imports) - exports)
Data Sources:
Total Local Production: Statistics are unofficial estimates
Total Exports: Dutch Central Bureau for Statistics (SITC 792)
Total Imports: Dutch Central Bureau for Statistics (SITC 792)
Imports from U.S.: Dutch Central Bureau for Statistics (SITC 792)
Aviation is a relatively fast-growing sector due to its increasing economic interest and importance to the Netherlands.  Schiphol is Europe’s second best connected airport and the second-best hub for international travel worldwide.  It is the fourth largest airport in Europe; the number of passengers utilizing the airport quadrupled in the last thirty years (from 16 million passengers in 1990 to 68.4 million passengers in 2017).  Further passenger and freight growth is still expected in the future because of globalization, a major factor behind this growth.

Leading Sub-Sectors

 The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones or remotely piloted aircrafts (RPA), is increasing in the Netherlands.  Innovations protecting civilians from UAVs has been successful thus far.   These UAV countermeasures detect, track, classify, and identify hostile UAV-threats and can also electronically disrupt individual UAV systems.
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.  An ongoing project at Aviolanda is the Unmanned Aircraft System Knowledge Center.  Although the use of unmanned aircraft systems in the Netherlands is still limited, the necessary knowledge is prevalent on the market.The knowledge center aims to cluster this expertise, 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 February 6, 2017, Drone Center Valkenburg opened its doors for companies to test their drones and drone applications.  A coalition of industrial parties, universities and public parties developed the plans.  According to the coalition, Valkenburg’s location is ideal because of its unique opportunity to test beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) of the pilot and also because of its centralized location near leading research institutes, universities, and airports.

In summary, innovative, high tech products that will help the Dutch maintain and improve its competitive position have great potential.  The Dutch are looking for innovation and development in the fields of drone technology and MRO, specifically in the areas of electronics, assembly, development and production of parts, training and education, certification, logistics, and knowledge dissemination.  Dutch stakeholders are looking to expand their drone usage in fields such as agriculture, security, firefighting, city planning, and package delivery among others.  Authorities in the Netherlands are also looking to enact legislation that will create an enabling environment for the Dutch UAV industry.

Web Resources

Market Analyses:      Global Aerospace Resource Guide 2016
Trade Shows:                       
Helitech Amsterdam
October 16-18, 2018 | Amsterdam, the Netherlands
MRO Europe
October 16-18, 2018 | Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The Netherlands Aerospace Group (NAG)
The Netherlands Defense Manufacturers Association

SME Resources:         
Resources are posted on the Global Aerospace & Defense Team site
Natasha Keylard, Commercial Specialist                            
U.S. Commercial Service – The Netherlands | +31-70-310 2279


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