Rotterdam still largest European port for China

In 2014, Rotterdam became the first European since the start of the economic crisis in 2008, port to handle more than 3 million TEU (20-foot container units) going to or coming from China. Port of Rotterdam Authority CEO Allard Castelein announced this during the first quarterly meeting of the Rotterdam Port Promotion Council (RPPC). At the … Continue reading Rotterdam still largest European port for China

How to slim your brand portfolio wisely

The world’s largest consumer products companies such as Unilever and Procter & Gamble have recently announced shedding up to hundreds of brands, keeping only the strongest alive to make more profit. But when it comes to brand portfolio, is less really more? While most companies are convinced these big clean-ups result into increased firm value, … Continue reading How to slim your brand portfolio wisely

Six reasons why US capital expenditure is on the rise

In the United States, capital expenditure is lagging the economy as a whole. Some think this is the ‘new normal’. But Robeco’s strategist Peter van der Welle believes there is a strong case for a rebound in investments later this year.  Capital expenditure has been disappointing in recent years. Corporates drastically reduced investments to cut … Continue reading Six reasons why US capital expenditure is on the rise

Has Brazil really entered recession? Then here is what to do

By Arnout Nuijt Positive news about Brazil’s economy is hard to find these days. In fact the bad news is piling up. A recent report by the Financial Times of London, quoting Brazil Central bank figures, suggests the country has entered technical recession more than 7 months ago by shrinking slightly for two consecutive quarters … Continue reading Has Brazil really entered recession? Then here is what to do

China is the real threat to emerging markets

It has been a rough time for emerging market equities, but only China has the real power to upset the apple cart for investors this year, says Robeco’s chief economist. Rate hikes in countries such as India and Turkey to try to prop up their currencies and cut capital flows have sent stock prices plummeting. … Continue reading China is the real threat to emerging markets

Three reasons why deflation won’t take hold in the Eurozone

Inflation used to be the main focus for European central bankers’ interest rate policy as prices rose forever upward. Now their main fear as we begin 2014 is the reverse scenario - the risk of deflation. It is potentially a huge problem, as falling prices mean that consumers do not buy goods because they expect them … Continue reading Three reasons why deflation won’t take hold in the Eurozone

Rediscovering the Americas: The World’s 15 Best Countries for Business in 2014

The US, Germany, Poland and Mexico are among next year’s Best Countries for Business. Rotterdam Week in cooperation with Atlantico Business Development (an international consultancy based in Rotterdam) has selected the best 15 markets of 2014/15 for your direct investment or for exporting your products. This is the first edition of a series of articles … Continue reading Rediscovering the Americas: The World’s 15 Best Countries for Business in 2014

Turkish Airlines to set up base in Rotterdam

Turkish Airlines will open a second base in the Netherlands at ‘Rotterdam The Hague Airport’. As of 4 March seven employees of Turkish Airlines will be stationed in Rotterdam to handle the new regular services between Rotterdam and home base Istanbul.  Turkish Airlines has taken a well-advised decision to set up a base in Rotterdam. General … Continue reading Turkish Airlines to set up base in Rotterdam

Chinese biotech firm locates European office in Rotterdam

BGI Tech, one of the world’s leading genomics research institutes, has opted for Rotterdam as its European headquarters. The Chinese company provides services in genetic research in humans, plants and animals, microbiology and medicines. The development of new drugs, DNA decoding and cancer research are just a few examples of the many areas the company … Continue reading Chinese biotech firm locates European office in Rotterdam

Port of Rotterdam: Nirint swaps Moerdijk for Maasvlakte

From early 2014, Rotterdam shipping company Nirint will use the Rhenus Deep Sea Terminal on the Maasvlakte instead of Moerdijk. The Nirint vessels have called at the latter port, with its far inland location, for sixteen years in a row. Nirint provides services to ports including Saint Petersburg, Bilbao, Havana and Moa in Cuba and … Continue reading Port of Rotterdam: Nirint swaps Moerdijk for Maasvlakte

British Airways to fly Rotterdam-London City

British Airways will - due to growing demand - open a new route between Rotterdam The Hague Airport and London City Airport in March 2014. The new service will see a Saab SF-2000 turboprop aircraft (leased from Eastern Airways) fly up and down five times a day. The 50-passenger Saab SF-2000 will be replaced from … Continue reading British Airways to fly Rotterdam-London City

The Aligment Factor launched on Brazilian market

The Portuguese version of Rotterdam School of Management Professor Cees van Riel’s highly acclaimed book entitled “The Alignment Factor – Leveraging the Power of Total Stakeholder Support”, published last year, has now been presented in Brazil as well with talks in Itaú, São Paulo and Belo Horizonte. Entitled “Reputação: o valor estratégico do engajamento de … Continue reading The Aligment Factor launched on Brazilian market

Port of Rotterdam looks beyond 2040

The Port of Rotterdam Authority has had the Club of Rome models applied to the port of Rotterdam: what do the expected increase in the world population, scarcity of raw materials, agricultural land and fossil fuels, etc. mean for the development of the port in the period up to 2100? The study suggests that there … Continue reading Port of Rotterdam looks beyond 2040

ECB improves climate for equities

The surprise but welcome rate cut by the European Central Bank (ECB) has improved the climate for equities, says Robeco’s portfolio manager for Global Allocations. The rally in share prices driven by extra liquidity from monetary easing throughout this year is likely to continue, Lukas Daalder believes.  As a result, Robeco Asset Allocation has increased … Continue reading ECB improves climate for equities

EU citizens pay 20 times too much for traffic noise reduction

Until 2017, European governments will be spending  125 billion euros for noise barriers, quieter roads and measures related to the negative effects of traffic noise, including damage to health. However, by simply making cars quieter, the total cost to the taxpayer could be reduced by a factor of twenty. All the more remarkable, then, that … Continue reading EU citizens pay 20 times too much for traffic noise reduction

Transport of empty containers a thing of the past

It is estimated that 25% (2.5 million TEU) of all containers shipped by road, rail or inland shipping are empty. The 'transport of air' is not only expensive and inefficient, it also impacts the environment more than necessary. InlandLinks, the port of Rotterdam's online intermodal platform, has developed an application to substantially reduce the transport … Continue reading Transport of empty containers a thing of the past

Once Made in Rotterdam: Netam electric vehicles

Now and then Rotterdam Week will focus on historic innovative industries in the greater Rotterdam region. In a first of this series, we take a look at the Netam-L-Car. During the German occupation of the city, in 1941, the Netam company (aka NV Nederlandsche Tank-Apparaten en Machinefabriek “Netam”) developed a number of electrically propelled vehicles … Continue reading Once Made in Rotterdam: Netam electric vehicles