Amsterdam as a strategic location

The international logistics company Crane Worldwide, based in Texas, has invested in a brand new head office facility at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

“Having a state of the art facility at this strategic location is key to assisting our clients across the globe,” said Crane’s director for the Benelux region Allan Fulks. “The Netherlands is a key gateway to our client’s European locations,” he said.

The new facility at Schiphol will house the country’s head office staff, as well as an air freight operation that offers client support. The warehouse facility will also offer services such as storage, packing, labelling and more. In addition to the new Amsterdam facility, the Dutch branch of Crane Worldwide has locations in Tilburg and Rotterdam. With 113 locations in 25 countries, Crane is now a major player in global freight management and the logistics sector.

Amsterdam at the heart of European logistics

The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is at the heart of European and global logistics, largely due to Amsterdam's strategic location and its history of innovation. Amsterdam’s central location allows businesses connect to 500 million potential customers in the European marketplace and the presence of Europe’s best airport (Schiphol), seaport (the Port of Amsterdam) and dataport (AMS-IX) gives Amsterdam a lead in the logistics market of the future.

In recent decades, about 2,000 logistics companies have settled here. Cooperation with the government, knowledge institutes and the private sector has helped develop innovative solutions to improve the logistics chain, which in turn have transformed the region into a logistics innovation hub.

Crane will be in good company. The Amsterdam area’s central location, excellent digital infrastructure and international talent also make it a popular location for European headquarters. In 2016, 44 businesses established their European head office in the region and a total of 157 new foreign companies set up shop in the Amsterdam area that year.