Tilburg-Waalwijk region is once again the number 1 logistics hotspot in the Netherlands. In a survey - an initiative of Logistiek.nl - a panel of 33 logistics experts voted Tilburg-Waalwijk as the number 1 logistics hotspot. West Brabant ends in second place. Runner-up this year is Almere-Lelystad-Zeewolde, which has finished in third place at the expense of Venlo-Venray, which has finished outside the top-3 for the first time.
The logistics hotspot scored best in the categories: municipality cooperation, motivation of personnel and availability of infrastructure. In addition, Tilburg-Waalwijk and Utrecht (Lage Weide) - Nieuwegein - Vianen also ranked first in the subcategory best national e-fulfillment hotspot. Tilburg-Waalwijk finished in fourth, eighteenth, seventh and second in the four other categories: availability of personnel, availability of land and buildings, accessibility of logistics hubs and sustainability.
Sandra Smits, chair of the Smart Logistics steering-committee Midpoint Brabant and operational director of Kivits Drunen from Waalwijk, explains that she is proud of the number 1 position of Tilburg — Waalwijk. "This extension is partly due to the successful triple helix collaboration of entrepreneurs, government and education."
Smits also states that the focus on digitization, sustainability and labor market development in Brabant has contributed to achieving the first place in the hotspot election for the second time. “We want to be and remain a frontrunner in smart and sustainable logistics, which means that achieving this title again is an honor.”
Logistics sector seeks balance
"An honorable and special achievement", is the first reaction of Berend de Vries, Alderman for Economy in Tilburg. “In this region, we work hard to find a balance between economic development, growth and employment on one hand, and sustainability, biodiversity, living pleasure and recreation on the other. It’s worth congratulating the sector for this second year in a row. ”
The other side of the success of Tilburg – Waalwijk is the increase in the number of logistic centers. De Vries states that he takes the increasing criticism very seriously.