Meet the big Indian players
Major Indian players such as Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Cognizant, Sun Pharma, Chargebee and Infosys Technology have established their European or Benelux headquarters in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.
Thriving Indian community
The Indian expat community in the Amsterdam Area is growing rapidly. Currently, more than 8,000 Indians live and work here. To make them feel at home, there are several dedicated services and events for Indian expats. For example, an annual Diwali celebration, Bollywood movie screenings, a family-friendly cricket match and many other social gatherings – for companies and communities alike. There are excellent provisions for international schools, a fine selection of traditional Indian cuisine and a dedicated India healthcare desk at the hospital in Amstelveen. ING, KPMG and the Netherlands India Chamber of Commerce and Trade (NICCT) host the annual Netherlands India Business Meet.
In total, there are around 250 Indian companies in the Netherlands, employing as many as18,000 people (source: NFIA). Approximately 20 of these companies are pharma giants. Next to the Life Sciences & Health sector, IT is very well developed in both the Netherlands as in India, creating new opportunities for business every day.
Access to new markets, yet never far away from home
Europe’s highest-rated airport Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is just around the corner and offers direct flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Goa. On the other hand, almost all important European destinations are a mere two hours away by plane, car or train.
The Port of Amsterdam is one of the world’s main shipping hubs. It is the world’s largest petrol port, Europe’s second largest coal port and the world’s largest cocoa port. In 2012, the Port of Amsterdam signed a collaborative contract with the Samsara Group, a shipping agent with 54 offices in India, enabling it to expand its market reach in the transportation of oil, chemicals, agricultural bulk, general cargo and containers from India.
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