This report is the result of SDI's extensive market and company research covering the Netherlands' defense industry, and provides detailed analysis of both historic and forecast defense industry values including key growth stimulators, analysis of the leading companies in the industry, and key news.
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Introduction and Landscape
Why was the report written?
Future of the Netherlands' Defense Industry - Market Attractiveness, Competitive Landscape and Forecasts to 2018 offers the reader an insight into the market opportunities and entry strategies adopted by foreign original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to gain market share in the German defense industry.
What is the current market landscape and what is changing?
The Netherlands is one of the top 20 defense markets across the world, with a defense budget allocation of US$10.1 billion in 2013. Primarily driven by military modernization programs, and coast guard and internal security the country's defense expenditure is expected to register a CAGR of -0.31% during the period 2014-18. This decrease in spending is expected to be primarily due to the European debt crisis, which will force the Netherlands to cut its defense budget over the forecast period. The country's defense imports and exports recovered in 2012 and are expected to grow over the forecast period, as the country is expected focus on acquiring equipment for maritime security, C2/C4ISR, and homeland security infrastructure.
What are the key drivers behind recent market changes?
Defense expenditure in the Netherlands is primarily driven by military modernization, joint operations with the police force for the internal security of the country. Military Modernization: Participation of the country's armed forces in peacekeeping initiatives affected the functionality of its defense equipment, especially the condition of the equipment deployed in Afghanistan, such as F-16s, armored vehicles, and helicopters. This has necessitated the need for upgrade or replacement. The MOD has already outlined plans to upgrade its helicopter and armored vehicles fleets, and F-16 fighter aircraft. The maritime forces are also being equipped with minesweeping capabilities, while frigates are being upgraded with radar systems.
What makes this report unique and essential to read?
The Future of the Netherlands' Defense Industry - Market Attractiveness, Competitive Landscape and Forecasts to 2018 provides detailed analysis of the current industry size and growth expectations from 2014 to 2018, including highlights of key growth stimulators. It also benchmarks the industry against key global markets and provides a detailed understanding of emerging opportunities in specific areas.
Key Features and Benefits
· The report provides detailed analysis of the current industry size and growth expectations from 2014 to 2018, including highlights of key growth stimulators, and also benchmarks the industry against key global markets and provides a detailed understanding of emerging opportunities in specific areas.
· The report includes trend analysis of imports and exports, together with their implications and impact on the German defense industry.
· The report covers five forces analysis to identify various power centers in the industry and how these are expected to develop in the future.
· The report allows readers to identify possible ways to enter the market, together with detailed descriptions of how existing companies have entered the market, including key contracts, alliances, and strategic initiatives.
· The report helps the reader to understand the competitive landscape of the defense industry in Netherlands. It provides an overview of key defense companies, both domestic and foreign, together with insights such as key alliances, strategic initiatives, and a brief financial analysis.
Key Market Issues
The Netherlands' government has been criticized for giving inadequate support to its domestic defense industry over the review period, especially during times of economic crisis. Instead, the government reduced its defense budget, forcing the industry to rely on export orders for revenue. In addition, the government does not offer financial resources such as working capital funds to the industry in order to cater to export orders, which has forced many domestic firms to close.
· Coast guard and Internal security: The country's armed forces, especially the Navy, participate in joint operations with the US for counter narcotics efforts and also with its internal security forces to ensure internal stability. The Netherlands committed its military to support a US Forward Operating Location (FOL) at the Curaçao Hato International Airport. In addition, the Netherlands' armed forces assist the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard (DCCG) and the Dutch Caribbean islands such as Aruba, Curaçao, Dutch St. Maarten, and BES islands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba) as these islands continue to be major transshipment points for cocaine and heroin originating from Venezuela and Colombia. The Dutch Navy regularly operates in the region to secure its maritime borders and also supports counternarcotics efforts of the Joint Inter Agency Task Force (JIATF) South.
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· Human and drug trafficking: Instances of human and hard drug trafficking have increased in the Netherlands recently. The country's Ministry of Justice follows a tolerance policy for the category soft drugs such as cannabis products and enforces a ban on hard drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and LSD. Although the government places high priority over fighting illegal hard drug trafficking, the location of the Netherlands makes it an important point of transit for international drug trafficking, and this is expected to drive homeland security expenditure. The Netherlands' police force conducts joint operations and patrol with its Army and Navy to counter human and drug trafficking along its maritime borders. These operations are expected to increase over the forecast period, which in turn will drive the country's homeland security budget.
· Arms imports in the Netherlands recovered in 2012, following a sharp decline in 2010 and 2011, and are expected to see slight growth over the period 2013-2018 as deliveries of F-35 are expected to begin in this period. The decline is primarily due to a decline in imports of missiles and artillery mostly from the US from 2010 onwards. Imports of ships from Romania and aircraft from the US dominated the country's defense imports in 2012.
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