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1 VIL©2009 São Paolo, 15 april 2009 Flanders: A unique value proposition to reach 500 million European customers Prof. Dr. Francis Rome Brussels, February.

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1 1 VIL©2009 São Paolo, 15 april 2009 Flanders: A unique value proposition to reach 500 million European customers Prof. Dr. Francis Rome Brussels, February 9

2 2 VIL©2009 Flanders: A Unique Value Proposition  Proximity  Attractiveness  Know How & EDC’s  Socio Economic Environment  Gateways & Infrastructure / Flanders Port Area  Security  Major Supply Chain Trends and Postponement  Unique Value Proposition – Extended Gateway

3 3 VIL©2009 FLANDERS

4 4 VIL© km 1000 km London Amsterdam Cologne Brussels Paris Frankfurt Dublin Munich Milan Prague Vienna  60% of EU purchasing power within 500 km of Flanders

5 5 VIL©2009 Source : European Distribution Report, Cushman & Wakefield, 2008 Attractiveness BELGIUM1111 NETHERLANDS2342 HUNGARY3799 CZECH REPUBLIC4455 POLAND5567 FRANCE6224 AUSTRIA7978 GERMANY8633 SLOVAKIA9--- ITALY10886 UK1110 DENMARK12--- ROMANIA13--- LITHUANIA14--- PORTUGAL151211

6 6 VIL©2009  In 2006 and 2008 C&WH&B ranked Flanders in pole position for European logistics operations Source: Cushman & Wakefield Healey & Baker, 2008

7 7 VIL©2009 Know-how  Logistics know-how and innovation  Industrial know-how (strategic sectors, assembly,…)

8 8 VIL©2009 Sustainable Logistics - The Nike EMEA Logistics Centre Know-how & Innovation

9 9 VIL©2009  More than 700 European Logistics Centres EDC’s Source: VIL, 2008

10 10 VIL©2009 Socio-Economic Environment  Availability of Productive and Skilled workers: No. 2 Ranking in Bureau of Labour Statistics Report ( USA, 2007)  Labour flexibility is embedded in Social Legislation  Fiscal rulings (Income Tax, TVA and Customs) can be obtained within 3 to 6 months via a dedicated fiscal rulings office  Foreign nationals working in Belgium can benefit from expatriate tax status  Notional Interest Deduction on own assets only in Belgium  No. 1 in KOF Globalization Index (2009)

11 11 VIL©2009 Major rail freight flows Major road freight flows Major freight flows via inland waterways European hinterland

12 12 VIL©2009 Short Sea Shipping lines European wealth

13 13 VIL©2009 Gateways and infrastructure  4 Seaports: Antwerp, Ghent, Zeebrugge, Ostend (Flanders Port Area)  inland ports: Genk, Brussels  1 International Airport: Zaventem (Brussels)  Regional airports: Antwerp, Kortrijk, Ostend  Numerous multi-modal and logistics platforms

14 14 VIL©2009 Ostend Zeebrugge Antwerp Ghent BRUSSELS 80 km

15 15 VIL©2009  Four modern deep sea ports within a range of just 80 km  Congestion-free operations  Excellent nautical accessibility  Dedicated state-of-the-art terminals for all types of cargo  Free handling capacity We Offer

16 16 VIL©2009  Over 10,000,000 m²of greenfield land for industrial and logistics development  The largest warehousing capacity in Europe: over 5,000,000 m² We Offer

17 17 VIL©2009  Multimodal distribution network reaching most European destinations within 24 hours  Every possible European destination through Trans European Networks and Motorways of the Sea We Serve

18 18 VIL©2009 Multifunctional ports Cargo handling Industry Logistics

19 19 VIL©2009 Antwerp  Largest breakbulk port in Europe  n° 1 in steel  n° 1 in fruit  n° 1 in forest products  European hub for steel, project cargo,...  Fully automated fruit storage  Second largest petrochemical cluster in the world

20 20 VIL©2009 Zeebrugge  Largest hub port for new cars in the world: 2.2 Mio units in 2008  Large forest products terminal  European production center for TROPICANA products (part of European FOOD center)  LNG terminal looks after 15% of the European gas distribution

21 21 VIL©2009 Ghent  Largest fruit juice import port in the world. Brasil is the FIRST trade partner for port of Ghent (20% of maritime traffic)  Largest agribulk storage port in Europe  Largest biofuels R&D and production cluster in Europe  Largest integrated steelmill in the world (Arcelor Mittal).  Largest newsprint papermill in the world (Stora Enso)  ‘Brazilian’ dry bulk port ( ores, cereals, soybeann salt)

22 22 VIL©2009  Congestion free  Free capacity available:  Antwerp: Deurganck Dock: 5 mio TEU  Zeebrugge: King Albert II Dock: 2 mio TEU  Ghent: Kluizen Dock: 1000 acres of greenfield for EDC’s and industry  Ostend: 400 acres for EDC’s and industry Free Capacity

23 23 VIL©2009  Antwerp:  Saeftinghe Development Area: 2,500 acres of space to be developed for cargo handling, industry or logistics  Zeebrugge:  King Albert II Dock and Inner Port Area expansion: 1250 acres  Ghent:  Rieme Noord & Nest: 625 acres Free Capacity – Future Developments

24 24 VIL©2009  Secure Trade Lanes  Mutual recognition C-Tpat / AEO : Agreement on roadmap with EU Already some achievements e.g. exchange of best practices and training programs with Belgium (Caterpillar, Nike)  Use of Container Security Devices : Be - Customs involved in pilot projects : Smart_CM (chaperoned by European Commission) Velp : Flemish Government pilot project Flanders Port Area = Safe Port Area

25 25 VIL©2009 Major Supply Chain trends  Globalisation  Supply Chain Management: a strategic domain with a high potential for creating a competitive business advantage  Mass-customization and postponement

26 26 VIL©2009 Preparing products for European markets  A high product variety based on a limited number of generic models  Options, colors, components are added as close as possible to the end-consumer, i.e. in the distribution centre (DC)  Requires broad know-how in DC

27 27 VIL©2009 Postponement  Ford T: 1 model, 1 colour  Lancia Y: 555 different versions

28 28 VIL©2009 ICT platform

29 29 VIL©2009 Unique Value Proposition Proximity Flanders Port Area EDC know-how Broad know-how Preparing products for European markets


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