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The Maastricht Region

Europe’s centre of expertise Press brochure TEFAF 2014


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Introduction

TEFAF as an iconic outlet for the entire Province of Limburg Welcome to the Maastricht Region and to the Province of Limburg. We hope that you enjoy TEFAF, the world’s leading art exhibition. But were you aware that the Province of Limburg, because of its location at the very heart of Europe, is also particularly attractive from an economic point of view?

As TEFAF’s guest in the Maastricht Region you are in a cross border region ‘par excellence’. A region which easily makes connections with the surrounding countries, a region where people speak other languages fluently and where there is collaboration with international partners in diverse fields. In this press brochure you will find more information about Limburg as a unique border region and economic hotspot for Europe. Not just enticing descriptions but also something more concrete: twelve organisations who have made a conscious decision to locate themselves in Limburg will tell you how they have benefitted from the cross border character of our province.

And then you have the stories of the Maastricht Health Campus and the Chemelot Campus. Both campuses, which are highly specialised in their own disciplines, show that, thanks to their location, cross border cooperation can lead to very special results. All the texts in this press brochure can also be found online at: www.limburgcrossborders.com/tefaf We wish you a pleasant stay in the Maastricht Region.

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Limburg as a unique border region Limburg is one of the Netherlands’ 12 provinces. Situated between Belgium and Germany, the Region is dominated by borders. Long, tall Limburg has 350 km of borders with other countries and is connected to the rest of the Netherlands by just 80 km. The Province is a kind of Dutch peninsula, jutting out into Europe. It’s not surprising that Limburgians have traditionally looked further than the borders and have worked, studied or shopped in other countries.

Cross border collaboration This international way of thinking and trading is part of Limburg’s DNA. Limburgians make connections; they’re bridge-builders who dare to think in possibilities. Not only are they good at lots of things, but they’re swift to adapt. They’re just as likely to bump into someone they know in Aachen as in Amsterdam. Limburgians are Europeans, but with their own strong identity. They know the neighbours’ habits and their culture. To them borders don’t mean obstacles but opportunities. Opportunities to create something together. To work together cross borders. Limburgians have something special to contribute to Europe and to the Netherlands as a trading nation. Owing to its unique geographical location, the dynamics generated by the borders and that traditional cross border manner of thinking and trading that is in the DNA of Limburgians, Limburg is an enormously attractive region for businesses, students and tourists.

Limburg has something to offer Europe and the Netherlands as a trading nation. Limburg is the frontline of Europe. A centre of expertise for the entire Euregion. This is what makes the people of Limburg powerful partners in cross border collaboration, to the benefit of all parties. Limburg’s international location is one of the focus points in the economic agenda of Provincial Executive Twan Beurskens: ‘TEFAF is the ultimate example of how Limburg’s centralized position can be utilised. And in this capacity the city of Maastricht can function as an outlet for that entire European region. Maastricht has a strong brand name internationally because of its history, the internationally orientated university and Health Campus and the MECC, which is working on major advances. Maastricht being seen by the absolute top of the global art market as an ideal place to convene is an asset that can also be beneficial to others.’

‘TEFAF is the ultimate example of how Limburg’s centralized position can be utilized.’

In the northern area of Limburg, where Venlo is the main city, international orientation is key as well. Venlo was voted Best Inland City of 2013, partly owing to the many German shoppers the city attracts. In the German border region, Venlo is in fact the most visited Dutch city. For decades, Northern Limburg has provided an excellent connection between the Rotterdam/Antwerp route and the German Ruhr district. This is what makes the region the number one logistical hotspot in Europe. Venlo and the German Niederrhein region are furthermore the largest horticultural areas in Europe and hold a joint cross border auction.

‘The excellent connection between the Rotterdam/ Antwerp route and the German Ruhr makes the region the number one logistical hotspot in Europe.’

Knowledge economy Limburg has made large-scale investments in its knowledge economy. The Chemelot Campus and the Maastricht Health Campus are the great results of the bundling of specialist knowledge. All of this stems from the awareness that international knowledge institutions are intrinsically linked within the strength of a region. Furthermore, Limburg is of the opinion that entrepreneurs should be able to stand out through their knowledge and that without knowledge there is no action or innovation. Knowledge therefore goes beyond the classroom: it serves society. Entrepreneurs can profit from this on an international level.

In conclusion Limburg is a heroic story that needs to be told so that others will pass it on. If people think about Limburg they think not only about the conviviality and the good life that are our hallmarks, but also about a region without borders with a truly international position on the map.


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facts & figures

Connect Limburg Connect Limburg is the branding organisation for Limburg. It was set up by the Province of Limburg and it has the task of putting Limburg on the international map, with the help of Limburgians themselves, the government, businesses, knowledge institutions and other organizations.

As journalists, we can provide you with news, facts and images and give you contact information for spokespersons within the fields of business, tourism, education, governance and culture.

Contact Connect Limburg Steegstraat 5 6041 EA Roermond The Netherlands T. 0031 (0)475-381939 info@connectlimburg.eu www.limburgcrossborders.com

(Source: CBS 2008)

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Maastricht Health Campus ‘Maastricht Health Campus enjoys a unique location, making cross border business not only possible but easy.’

Smarter, innovative solutions for healthier living

Where do we want to go? What do we want to achieve?

Maastricht Health Campus is a place where medical expertise, business sense, research and education all interact to create new business opportunities for the world healthcare market. We are looking for smarter, innovative solutions for healthier living. Our focus is on cardiovascular diseases, neurodegenerative diseases and nutrition. In these specific areas we belong to a select group of top institutes worldwide.

We are bursting with ambition to conquer the challenges. In the first place Maastricht Health Campus is an internationally respected, specialized valorization campus, where we realize developments through medical and health science research. Our objectives can be more easily understood by providing some numbers. Before 2020 Maastricht Health Campus will be among the top in Europe with respect to valorization. In concrete terms we will develop at least 40 spin-offs – an average of five per year – before 2020. We will see an increase of at least 1,100 jobs and a hefty increase in the number of patents.

We are actively looking for cooperation with international partners. We have an extensive network of research collaboration but on a practical level we can support companies and institutions from outside the EU in gaining access to the European health care market. We can take care of all the regulatory work, perform clinical trials and assist with health care insurance reimbursement strategies. In short everything necessary to be successful with your product on the European market.

We combine superior research, leading specialists and clinical care, first-rate education, and cooperation with industry. And, along with the Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre (MECC), we provide a fine measure of innovation and vitality. Maastricht Health Campus enjoys a unique location, making cross border business not only possible but easy.

Maastricht is in the southernmost part of the Netherlands. It is bordered on one side by Belgium and on the other side by Germany. You can travel by high speed train from Liège to Paris in just two hours. Collaboration here is just as easy as crossing the border. It is a region that might well be called Europe in miniature with its three countries, three languages (four actually because English is usually used in official and formal contacts), five partner regions, and almost four million people living within a radius of about 30 kilometres. Collaboration between universities, colleges, healthcare institutions, and industry is on the increase, and we are getting better at it. Thriving and growing cities, like Aachen, Hasselt and Liège, are literally just around the corner.

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Chemelot Campus

Chemistry & materials sciences community Chemelot Campus in the Maastricht Region is one of the largest chemistry & materials sciences communities in Europe. Here, educational organizations, universities, and knowledge institutions collaborate with world-leading companies and innovative small and medium-sized enterprises. The campus is located in the centre of a strong international knowledge network, close to leading universities and research centres in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. With this unique combination, Chemelot Campus attracts and retains top talents and winners from all over the world.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The campus is located in the centre of a strong international knowledge network. Due to this, the campus attracts top talents and winners from all over the world.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Artist Impression of the Chemelot Campus Centre Court, by Ector Hoogstad Architects.

Chemelot Campus offers offices and laboratories on the campus, together with other opportunities for improving R&D process efficiency, including pilot-plant and mini-plant facilities. Companies on the campus operate within a unique and expanding R&D ecosystem that includes

knowledge driven activities in performance materials, biobased chemicals and materials, and biomedical materials. There are several publicprivate partnerships that support the efficient joint development of materials and applications in these focus areas, notably Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM), Chemelot InSciTe (Institute for Science & Technology) and Chemelot Materials Centre.

Dynamic, innovative environment The combination of world-leading R&D-intensive companies (including DSM, SABIC, and LANXESS), innovative SMEs and start-ups ensure a dynamic innovative environment. This is enhanced by either the presence or close proximity of knowledge institutes such as RWTH Aachen, the Fraunhofer Institutes, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Chemelot Innovation and Learning Labs (CHILL), and Maastricht University (Science College). The whole innovation ecosystem is complemented by R&D-enabling service providers.

Compared to business parks in other countries, Chemelot Campus provides a unique combination of research, development, technology, and large scale industrial production at the adjacent industrial park, which provides significant synergy for the companies on the site. Chemelot Campus has challenging growth ambitions. For example, the aim for 2023 is to increase the number of employees from the 1,360 of today to 2,900. An additional target is to increase the number of students on the campus from the current 250 to 1,000 in 2023.

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Clinical Trial Center Maastricht â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;European guidelines are currently the standard, providing the Limburg Region with the unique opportunity to act as a centre for Europe for research involving human subjects.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

What is the core business of your company?

What are your companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ambitions?

What is your view of TEFAF?

Clinical Trial Center Maastricht (CTCM) is specialized in the professional facilitation of research involving human subjects. We are the leading academic research organization in the Netherlands, helping our partners to accomplish their scientific goals by supporting them with multiple services.

We want to be the leading facilitator in our area of expertise in the Netherlands and also to strive towards a large network of partners in Europe.

TEFAF is a unique networking opportunity in a professional setting. It is known worldwide for its art and thus acts as an accelerator for the entire region.

How does your company work cross borders? We are involved in multicentre studies involving human subjects across Europe and can support researchers in multiple countries. Furthermore, we have many partners elsewhere in Europe carrying out research in different countries. Our central location in Maastricht provides an ideal starting point for cooperation with many research centres in the region.

How international is the Limburg Region in your opinion? In the future research involving human subjects will become more internationally orientated. To acquire enough subjects companies or researchers will need larger and better networks. Furthermore, the infrastructure to support this research will need to have higher standards and become more uniform across countries. In Europe, European guidelines are currently the standard, providing the Limburg Region with the unique opportunity to act as a centre for Europe for this research. In addition, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands are traditionally countries with a high density of such research.

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Lanxess

‘Lanxess manages its global business for ethylenepropylene-diene monomer high-performance rubber (EPDM rubber) from a modern complex of buildings on the Chemelot Campus.’

What is the core business of your company? LANXESS is a leading speciality chemicals company with sales of EUR 9.1 billion in 2012 and roughly 17,500 employees in 31 countries. The company is currently represented at 52 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacture and marketing of plastics, rubber, intermediates and speciality chemicals. LANXESS is a member of the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World and FTSE4Good, as well as the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI). Responsibility for the operational business of LANXESS is borne by 14 business units which are geared towards the needs of the market. LANXESS is the world’s leading supplier of EPDM, marketing its products under the brand name Keltan®. The company manages its global business for ethylenepropylene-diene monomer high performance rubber (EPDM rubber) from a modern complex of buildings on the Chemelot Campus.

EPDM is integral to daily life. EPDM is used primarily in the automotive industry as a door sealant, and for hoses, belts or anti-vibration parts. The product is also used in the plastics modification, cable and wire, construction and oil additives industries. Its properties include very low density and good resistance to heat, oxidation, chemicals and weathering, as well as good electrical insulation properties.

What is your view of TEFAF? TEFAF is a prestigious international art fair. It is tremendous that it is held here in Limburg.

The Keltan Elastomers business unit is part of LANXESS’s performance polymers segment, which recorded sales of EUR 5.18 billion in the fiscal year 2012.

How does your company work cross borders? LANXESS already operates EPDM production sites in Geleen in the Netherlands, Mar in Germany, Orange in the USA and Triunfo in Brazil and is progressing according to plan with the construction of its world-scale EPDM plant in Changzhou (Jiangsu Province), China.

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Medtronic

‘Here, over 30 nationalities cooperate closely with healthcare professionals and universities from all over the globe.’

What defines the excellence of art? In art the small details define the bigger picture. Prime techniques make a beautiful work of art. Art has a great impact on people’s lives. And the same goes for the state-of-the-art work of Medtronic. It impacts healthcare providers, our employees and, above all, our patients. We are proud to clearly demonstrate our impact: by the time you read this sentence, yet another life will have been improved. Together with our valued healthcare providers, we improve a life every three seconds. Last year, more than nine million people around the world benefitted from Medtronic technologies. This demonstrates our commitment to the mission that has been our driver since 1960: alleviate pain, restore health and extend life.

How does your company work cross borders? Just like an artist is always eager to improve his/her work of art, Medtronic is constantly striving without reserve to accomplish its long-term goal of

improving the life of a person around the globe every second. In order to achieve this long-term ambition, over 20% of our employees worldwide work exclusively on innovation and research. This is our way of achieving excellence.

What are your company’s ambitions? Our bigger picture is global and our reach extends to more than 140 countries. We’re using our experience, extensive partnerships, and the passion of 46,000 employees to help transform healthcare worldwide by improving outcomes, expanding access and enhancing value.

How international is the Limburg Region in your opinion? In the Netherlands too, our pacemakers, ICDs, heart monitors, stents, neurostimulators and diabetes insulin pumps help to save and improve many people’s lives. Since the setup of its first Dutch facility in Limburg in 1969, Medtronic has been among the largest employers in the Limburg Region with over 1,200 employees.

Our sales office and international distribution and service centre are located in Heerlen, our perfusion production facility is situated in Kerkrade and in Maastricht we have a training centre and translation department, as well as Medtronic’s largest R&D campus outside the US in the Bakken Research Centre. Here, over 30 nationalities cooperate closely with healthcare professionals and universities from all over the globe. By conducting over 240 clinical research studies, they are able to refine and create new pieces of ‘art’ in human health. With our international scope and innovative products, we are pleased to contribute to TEFAF and to making the Limburg Region even more international and excellent than it already is.

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Nunhems

‘In short the Limburg region is international and local at the same time, with the international aspect embedded in and based on strong local values.’

What is the core business of your company? The core business of our company is the breeding, production and sale of vegetable seeds for the professional horticultural production industry worldwide. Nunhems is the vegetable seed brand of Bayer CropScience and with 1,800 employees it is a presence in all the major vegetable markets in the world.

How does your company work cross borders? In the vegetable seed market working across borders is essential. We understand that every customer is different; they grow different vegetables, different varieties, different colours, for the local market or for export. To meet the various requirements of all these customers the organization works with global divisions and, more importantly, international teams that are specialized in one vegetable crop. The many demands, not only of growers but also of the vegetable supply chain, require close collaboration.

We supply them with high quality and innovative products, customized to meet their needs. As the global specialists in vegetable seeds, we work closely with our customers to acquire and share knowledge and provide information and services to add value to their business

increasing variety of universities and schools, an entrepreneurial agribusiness sector and a population that enjoys international and intercultural interaction. Our people respect and understand everybody’s cultural and historic background, including our very own local culture and history.

What are your company’s ambitions?

In short the Limburg Region is internationaland local at the same time, with the international aspect embedded in and based on strong local values.

As the global specialist in vegetable seeds we offer personalized, specialist support to stakeholders throughout the vegetable chain. Our ambition is to help our customers to develop sustainable and profitable products produced with our seeds.

How international is the Limburg Region in your opinion? Limburg is an international region that combines possibilities and resources. The wider Limburg Region has many internationally renowned knowledge institutes and organizations, an

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Rockwool ‘Limburgians are used to this international aspect; foreign languages come easily to them and they’re good at making contacts.’

The Rockwool Group is the international market leader in stone wool insulation products and systems. The company has sales and production locations in more than 30 countries and the Rockwool Group has more than 10,500 employees worldwide. Rockwool BV in Roermond is part of the Rockwool Group and is well known as a supplier of innovative, durable and efficient stone wool solutions for the complete building envelope. The world’s biggest stone wool factory is situated in Roermond.

How does your company work cross borders? Rockwool is active cross borders in various fields, with innovations developed by international crossfunctional teams. Rockwool Roermond reflects the organisation as a whole; it employs people of diverse nationalities. Several sectors of the organisation operate internationally from Roermond and both Dutch and English are spoken there. Moreover, Limburg is also attractive because of its international location; Rockwool is

able to attract talent from a number of countries and draw on a substantial pool of existing and potential employees.

What are your company’s ambitions? With its products the Rockwool Group wishes to contribute to improving the environment and quality of life of millions of people. Sustainable building is becoming the norm on an international basis. This calls for another way of thinking. Rockwool is ready for this change; sustainability has formed the basis of our operations for many years. In addition Rockwool has for a long time done business in a social and responsible manner, for instance by establishing the Rockwool Foundation in 1981, which focuses on supporting social economic research and delivering practical solutions.

How international is the Limburg Region in your opinion? The location of Limburg is ideal from an international point of view. With Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg as its hinterland there are many

opportunities to do business cross borders. Limburgians are used to this international aspect; foreign languages come easily to them and they’re good at making contacts. All of which positions Limburg as an international region.

What is your view of TEFAF? TEFAF is a top international art fair, but also promotes social responsibility by supporting, renovating and improving museums worldwide. This makes TEFAF the calling card of Limburg and its immediate surroundings.

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Scannexus ‘Our employees and customers within Limburg are of many different nationalities and the culture of working together is very strong in this region.’

What is the core business of your company? Scannexus is an internationally-focused imaging centre. Scannexus assists clients to respond to their challenges in imaging human anatomy, physiology, cognition and functionality. In particular we support clients to develop new therapeutic and diagnostic techniques and technologies, and to expand their knowledge of the principles and applications of MRI. This is achieved by our utilising inhouse, stateof-the-art clinical imaging technology and by facilitating access to the expertise of our partner organisations.

Scannexus offers a unique combination of services and technologies, operating an open-access infrastructure that includes 3T, 7T and 9.4T clinical MRI systems. Access to these world-leading ultra high-end MRI scanners is combined with dedicated customer-focused operational support and the expertise of internationally renowned clinical and technical networks.

How does your company work cross borders?

What are your company’s ambitions?

What is your view of TEFAF?

Scannexus provides a real example of the successful alignment of government, academia, healthcare and industry. The investment of the partner organisations (the European Union, the Province of Limburg, Maastricht University and the City of Maastricht) has created a unique resource for the Meuse-Rhine Euregion.

To date the main focus on the company’s activities has been the ‘local’ region. We believe that the benefits that Scannexus generates for Limburg and the surrounding areas can also be realised in other European regions.

TEFAF is a highlight of the Limburg cultural calendar. It is a fabulous showcase, not only of the amazing art that is presented within the event itself, but also of Maastricht and Limburg. Scannexus is located on the Maastricht Health Campus and our main office is only several hundred metres from the MECC, the location of TEFAF; during the event there is a tremendous ‘buzz’ generated by the great number of international visitors to the area. Hopefully many of them leave with a positive impression of Limburg, along with new additions to their art collection!

Scannexus is already proving to be a focus for collaboration and advancement, not only on the Maastricht Health Campus, but also on the other Limburg campuses at Chemelot, Greenport Venlo and Maastricht city centre, and even further afield. This unique infrastructure is seen as a resource for groups in academia and healthcare and companies across Europe. In the 18 months that the facility has been operational, we have already achieved active partnerships with knowledge institutions and companies in Belgium, Germany, the UK, Sweden, the USA and other countries.

How international is the Limburg Region in your opinion? Scannexus is an internationally-focused organisation. We feel that this reflects the overall atmosphere of the Limburg Region. Our employees and customers within Limburg are of many different nationalities and the culture of working together is very strong in this region. This combines with the close cultural and business links with the neighbouring regions in Belgium and Germany to create a highly international community. Outside the business context, the Limburg area supports many activities and organisations that are focused on cross border collaboration and providing a strong support structure for people relocating to the region.

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Seacon Logistics ‘Limburg has always had an international orientation and it is not for nothing that it is sometimes referred to as the ‘Balcony of Europe’.’

What is the core business of your company? Seacon Logistics is a leading logistics service provider in terms of multimodal chain management. Our company coordinates cargo and information flows on a global basis and delivers tailormade logistics solutions. In cooperation with our overseas partners we offer total logistics services, such as worldwide overseas transport, warehousing and added value services, European distribution and supply chain solutions. Our affiliates are located near inland terminals that are connected by water, rail and road to the seaports. Thanks to these strategically located hubs, we can transport seacontainers rapidly, cost-effectively and sustainably to all important destinations worldwide.

How does your company work cross borders? Distances fade away if goods flows are handled quickly and efficiently. That requires knowledge, attention to detail and the use of the right resources and techniques. We handle overseas logistics by air and by sea for both import and

export worldwide. Our advanced tracking and tracing systems allow Seacon to work rapidly, efficiently and completely transparently. In cooperation with our overseas network of partners we are able to control transport flows to and from any destination in the world.

What are your company’s ambitions? Our group currently serves a large number of international customers worldwide. These customers require high quality services and are a contiuous motivation for Seacon Logistics to provide the highest level of service. Reliability, innovation and long term investments are aspects we consider important in assisting our customers to optimise their business performance. Our ambition is to develop this role further.

How international is the Limburg Region in your opinion? Limburg Region is strategically located in the European gateway connecting the main international seaports of

Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Antwerp with the European hinterland. Within a circle of 150 kilometers there are around 40 million consumers and this region represents the economic centre of Europe. Limburg has always had an international orientation and it is not for nothing that it is sometimes referred to as the ‘Balcony of Europe’.

What is your view of TEFAF? TEFAF is recognized as the undisputed ‘grande dame’ of arts fairs and as such has attracted through the years a growing number of participants. It is an annual rendezvous for collectors and connaisseurs from all over the world. Every year TEFAF showcases some of the best art available on the market and is therefore a must for every true art lover. More information about Seacon Logistics


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Scelta Mushrooms ‘Thanks to our special expertise in Agro-Food, European Logistics, High Tech Systems, Life Sciences & Health and Chemistry & Materials we are able to attract a great deal of international business.’ What is the core business of your company? It all started with Jan Klerken’s father who started growing mushrooms here in the Netherlands in the Sixties. But it was Jan’s passion, vision and inspiration that guided our company to the forefront of the mushroom industry where Scelta has become a global business and an internationally recognized leader in developing and supplying mushroom products. In 2008 Scelta returned home with the opening of the Scelta Institute on the exact spot where Jan’s father started the company.   The Scelta Institute is now the head office of Scelta Mushrooms and the base for Scelta sales, marketing and innovation, complete with office space, meeting rooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen, a restaurant, a bar and wine cellar, a stage and a small

demonstration mushroom nursery. Because it has so much to offer, we like to share the building with others. It is used as a venue for seminars, presentations, tastings, courses, workshops, networking events, theme-based evenings, cookery shows, etc. It is the perfect place to meet, create, have fun and be inspired.  

How does your company work cross borders? We have five production partners in the Netherlands. Our expertise covers every aspect of mushroom products, from frozen and preserved to coated and extracted. In over 80 countries worldwide, billions of our mushrooms are used for their exceptional quality and we are also a supplier to all the leading brands in the food industry, food service and retail. In addition, we are constantly working on potential new developments with our international partners. There is so much more we can get out of mushrooms than we already do. The future is mushrooms, and we would like to share that with the world!  

What are your company’s ambitions? Scelta Mushrooms’ success would not be possible without Mother Nature, so we treat the Earth with respect in our production processes. We focus on taste and sustainability. ‘Winnovation’ is Scelta’s foundation. Innovation is in the DNA of our company. It is the driving force that has shaped our company and will continue to do so into the future. Past innovations such as breaded mushrooms, tempura products, Ecobags and ‘Waste-2taste’ are leaders in the industry. These are the innovations that set us apart. Our unique research and development centre, based in Venlo, is the only institute of its kind anywhere. It is here that we bring together health experts, food scientists and creative chefs to discuss and work together in the pursuit of new innovation and creative thinking in the food industry. Together they focus on pushing forward the boundaries in taste, health and sustainability. Who knows how far we can go in the future?  

How international is the Limburg Region in your opinion? Limburg is ideally situated in the south of the Netherlands, close to Germany, Belgium and France. The rest of Europe is easily reached via nearby international motorways. It is also well situated in relation to the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp. Thanks to our special expertise in Agro-Food, European Logistics, High Tech Systems, Life Sciences & Health and Chemistry & Materials we are able to attract a great deal of international business.

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is your view of TEFAF?

Over the years TEFAF has come to be recognized as the world’s leading art and antiques fair. It brings a lot of international energy and business to Limburg. More information about Shelta Mushrooms


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‘More and more companies are establishing themselves in South Limburg because of the international location.’

What is the core business of your company?

How does your company work cross borders?

Teleperformance is the global leader in outstanding customer service management. We are the worldwide leader in multichannel customer experience. We’ve been providing superior customer care services for leading companies throughout the world since 1978, with expertise in many markets and verticals.

We have a large global footprint, we bring together best practices and experience from numerous countries worldwide combined with continuous innovation, the best mix of agents, efficient processes, intelligent analytics and strategic locations. This means rapid team assignment and a variety of solutions to provide a seamless and enriched customer experience wherever you need us.

We are moved by passion. It defines us. It motivates us. It moves us forward. And it is part of everything we do. We treat our clients’ businesses like our own business, providing their customers with the best experiences every single day, around the world. We understand their needs and behaviours, across all channels and platforms, which work in an integrated way to transform interactions into unique solutions.

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As the worldwide leader and expert in contact centre management, Teleperformance combines its international expertise and best practices with experienced local operations.

What are your company’s ambitions? Teleperformance is the most globally recognized company for both its leadership and best practices. Awards and recognition come not only from our clients but from independent third party analysts, renowned institutes and, most significantly of all, our employees. This is very important for us and we want this to be recognized in the coming years.

How international is the Limburg Region in your opinion? More and more companies are establishing themselves in South Limburg because of the international location. The result of this is an influx of international staff. Because of this South Limburg has a very international character which is very good for diversity.

What is your view of TEFAF? TEFAF is the leading art fair, with a large variety of different art. It is THE fair for art lovers from all around the world. Under one roof there is a huge amount of art, beauty and super-excellence. TEFAF is something everyone should experience. TEFAF Maastricht has it all!

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Xerox ‘Limburg is the only area in the Netherlands that connects directly with two other countries. For some of our vacancies at Xerox in Maastricht we hire multilingual personnel.’

What is the core business of your company?

How does your company work cross borders?

With an approximate turnover of 23 billion dollars, Xerox is the world’s leading company for business processes and document management. Xerox provides data processing, health care solutions, HR benefit management, financial support, transportation solutions and customer relations management services for both private and public companies all over the world. Currently Xerox has approximately 140,000 employees in 160 countries around the world.

For some of our vacancies at Xerox in Maastricht we hire multilingual personnel. The required languages are usually Dutch/Flemish and French and in some cases also German/English. Xerox has multiple locations in the Netherlands, Belgium and Turkey.

Xerox in Maastricht focuses on outsourcing business processes for clients such as Vodafone and web store bol.com.

What are your company’s ambitions? One of our ambitions is to make a positive match between the jobs we offer and the people in the region who are looking for a great job. For example, in Maastricht we want to attract as many students from the region as possible because there are many top educational institutions nearby (Maastricht University, Hogeschool Zuyd, the University of Aachen, the University of Liège) and many students are really eager to work alongside their studies. The Dutch language is an important requirement for most of our vacancies. Working at Xerox in Maastricht is a perfect opportunity for anyone living or studying in the Euregio who has mastered the Dutch language.

How international is the Limburg Region in your opinion? Limburg is very international because it lies directly between Belgium and Germany. In terms of economy, art, culture and education it offers a rich list of possibilities because of its favourable location. It is the only area in the Netherlands that connects directly with two other countries.

What is your view of TEFAF? TEFAF Maastricht is an inspiring example of an important international event in the field of art. It is literally transboundary because at TEFAF more than 250 galleries from over 20 countries are represented.

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Xilloc ‘Xilloc’s location at the heart of Europe’s biomedical health valley gives it a firm European foundation from which it can spread its wings towards global business.’

The core business of Xilloc Medical is to revolutionize the implant industry with the fast and reliable production of patient-specific implants to close large bone defects of the human skeleton. Xilloc Medical bridges the gap between surgeons and their patient-specific solution by the use of the easy Medx online ordering system supported by our in-house medical and technical competences. From now on for the first time surgeons worldwide will have 3D printed PSI’s within their reach. Until now repairing large skull defects with alternative products has been a truly complicated craft, including manually shaping, modelling and fixating the implant. This led to long and complex operations with low aesthetic outcome and poor brain protection. With Xilloc Medical’s Patient-Specific Implants there is no need for this anymore. At Xilloc being patient-specific is our core business; we specialize in the customized, so we have no standard products. In addition to implants, we provide full digital 3D reconstructive surgical plans, anatomical models for surgical planning

and surgical guides for bone reconstruction. Xilloc is a passion driven company that understands the individual complexity of the human body. Using cutting edge technology and adapting to a custom fit market, Xilloc is able to offer specific solutions to individual challenges. Recently Xilloc Medical has achieved a worldwide premier with a new innovation: designing, 3D printing and delivering the world’s first patientspecific titanium implant that successfully replaced a patient’s full mandible. With this procedure the important vital functions such as breathing, speech, chewing and feeling, plus aesthetics, were preserved. Had conventional procedures been used, these attributes would have been lost forever.

trauma surgeons. We create what they envision; we are an extension of their hands on the computer.

What are your company’s ambitions? As we see it, it’s a moral obligation to contribute to the quality of a patient’s life by providing tailor-made products. Everybody is different and unique, and therefore the human body and a patient’s anatomy should be the starting point for the design and engineering of individual implants and prosthetics.

How does your company work cross borders? Xilloc’s location at the heart of Europe’s biomedical health valley gives it a firm European foundation from which it can spread its wings towards global business, helping patients and assisting surgeons. Our current markets include craniomaxillo facial surgeons, neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons and

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WP-Haton specialize in developing, building and exporting innovative concepts for automated dough processing. Our leading position in the world is based on 65 years of experience in supplying a wide range of integrated and proven dough making systems.

WP Haton ‘The Dutch culture, with most people speaking more than three languages, and their open and proactive communication with foreign visitors, is of immense importance.’

As winner of the Limburg Export Award 2012, Werner & Pfleiderer-Haton B.V. is one of the leading companies in Limburg. In the bakery industry the brand Werner & Pfleiderer (or WP) is well known for its quality and reliability. In the centre of our production facility in Panningen we have built an experience area to enable practical tests to be carried out with our clients. A positive test result reduces risk and helps our clients to make the correct decision. We offer our clients a Blue Value aftersales support package to ensure continuity in production. This client-orientated approach increases the added value of WP-Haton system concepts, all of which are well established and recognizable brands such as: Crustica©, Baguetta™ and Classica ™.

How does your company work cross borders?

Bread is culture and brings people around the world together and it gives us great pleasure to invite you to visit WP-Haton, ‘The Dough Friendly Company’ in North Limburg.

Due to its complexity, the art of export is a serious business and we can only perform optimally in this area because the entire company is structured to this end. Through our global sales offices and dealer network, we are in very close contact and have direct communication with end users. For each project, a team is assembled, consisting of: a KAM (Key Account Manager), a PAM (Project Account Manager) and a SAM (Service Account Manager). During the different phases of the project this team is available around the clock. Any problems can be identified an early stage and resolved adequately. Moreover, we follow the IPPM-approach represented by ‘Ingredients’,‘People’,

‘Process’ and ‘Machines’. This is an integral way for two partners, buyer and supplier, to work together.

What are your company’s ambitions? We have achieved a dominant position in the field of dough processing as a result of our established reputation as a leading innovator serving all major industrial bakeries in the world. Our innovations particularly in the field of mechanical and process engineering - have enabled us to develop concepts providing a high level of return on our clients’ investments, and entrepreneurs around the world have reaped the benefit of brands such as Easy Toast, Instant, Blue Value and Crustica©. It is our ambition to maintain and develop this enviable reputation.

How international is the Limburg Region in your opinion? Limburg as a region, located in the Netherlands between Germany and Belgium, is very internationally orientated, with an excellent highway and international airport infrastructure.

The Dutch culture, with most people speaking more than three languages, and their open and proactive communication with foreign visitors, is of immense importance. People like Limburg.

What is your view of TEFAF? TEFAF is a very interesting high-level art exhibition that attracts visitors from all over the world. We hope that visitors to TEFAF who are also bakers might find the time to combine a visit to TEFAF with a visit to us at WP-Haton in Panningen.

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Contact Connect Limburg Steegstraat 5 6041 EA Roermond The Netherlands T. 0031 (0)475-381939 info@connectlimburg.eu www.limburgcrossborders.com


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