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Expected growth for water technology

Forty-five percent of the water technology companies in the Netherlands expect to achieve a more than 20% growth in water-related revenues abroad in the next five years. This is the finding of the ‘Economic opportunities and high-quality knowledge in water’ report that NWP, commissioned by TKI Water Technology, published in 2018.

NWP supports TKI by actively informing its network about opportunities

TKI Water Technology promotes demand-driven efficient knowledge development and innovation in the field of water technology. NWP supports TKI by actively informing its network about opportunities and removing potential obstacles, such as the lack of cooperation within the sector, to capitalise on these opportunities. The report is an important part of our cooperation with TKI in which we supply tools, show trends, support collaboration and unlock new business possibilities for the Dutch Water Technology sector.

International opportunities and bottlenecks
The report clearly shows the added value of the water technology sector for the Dutch economy. Most of the water technology sector’s growth comes from an increase in exports caused by rising international demand for water technology solutions. Exports are mainly to Western Europe, but the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia are also becoming increasingly important.

Three-quarters of the companies in the water technology sector now work internationally. The report shows that 95% of the companies interviewed see growth opportunities in foreign markets in the next five years. However, there are also bottlenecks on the international market, such as obstacles to finance major projects, tendering procedures and the role of local governments. In terms of finance, NWP organised a meeting for the sector in February 2018, where practical information was shared about new financing structures for projects.

Knowledge intensive industry
Worldwide there will be stronger growth in solutions for water issues. The increasing water scarcity gives rise to greater demand for efficient water technologies. Similarly, the demand for more sustainable solutions, such as industrial reuse and recovery of nutrients from waste water, is also growing. The Dutch water technology sector can make a major contribution to these areas with its high quality knowledge and innovation.

NWP supports the water technology sector in its international ambitions. The ‘Economic opportunities and high-quality knowledge in water’ report once again shows that opportunities are there.

The research on the economic contribution of the Dutch Water Technology sector was commissioned by the Top Consortium for Knowledge and Innovation Water Technology Foundation (Topconsortium Kennis en Innovatie (TKI) Watertechnologie) and executed by the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) in collaboration with Bureau Beleidsonderzoek (BBO) and PNO Consultants (PNO).

The increasing water scarcity gives rise to greater demand for efficient water technologies

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