“A colleague once called Brabant ‘Logistics Valley’,” remembers Jef van Hout, Business Development Director at Rhenus Contract Logistics (Rhenus) in the Netherlands. “This is still the case. Brabant is an excellent region in which to set up European Distribution Centers.”
Now part of the RETHMANN Group, Rhenus was established in 1912 as a family business in Germany. Since then, it has grown into a global provider of warehouse, transport and transhipment logistics. Rhenus’ cost-efficient and sustainable logistics solutions, linking rail, air, sea and road transport services, have benefitted a wide variety of industries and businesses. This ranges from fashion, medical technology and web shops to offshore, ship spares and temperature-controlled products.
The culture and entrepreneurial attitude of management in Brabant attracts companies from all over the worldJef van Hout - Rhenus Logistics
Rhenus has a strong presence in the Netherlands with 34 locations across the country. In Brabant, where it operates out of Tilburg, Eindhoven and Best, Rhenus provides inbound freight services, warehousing and order fulfilment, outbound distribution, multi-lingual order management, invoicing, cash management and annual reporting for clients in the healthcare, technology and e-commerce industries.
“For Rhenus, Brabant is perfectly located in between the major gateway ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp, with excellent connections to inland terminals and the European hinterland,” says van Hout. “For medical technology in particular, Brabant’s location situated between the main inbound gateway of Amsterdam Airport and the main integrator hubs in Europe is ideal. ”Brabant has the competitive edge when it comes to the cost of doing business. Easy access to the surrounding European economies has also helped Rhenus maintain a strong performance despite the economic downturn of recent years.
NO- NONSENSE ATTITUDE
In addition to the location, Brabant also offers Rhenus an excellent source for supply chain opportunities via Eindhoven’s High Tech Campus, and a highly educated, reliable labour pool with a no-nonsense attitude. “The culture and entrepreneurial attitude of management in Brabant attracts companies from all over the world,” says van Hout.