Four spearheads

Sectors in which Venlo and the surrounding region excel

Venlo has a widely varied economy, with a number of clear spearheads:


The versatility of the economy in Venlo and the surrounding region facilitates and supports all kinds of synergies. For example manufacturing, logistics and other services for the agrofood sector and many other fields of industry.

Spearhead in logistics

Managing goods flows

Logistiek.nl, the leading website for logistics professionals in the Netherlands, has made a ranking of logistics hotspots each year since 2005. Venlo has been rated as the most important Logistics Hotspot of the Netherlands nine times, and as runner-up on four occasions.

Venlo is the leading inland port – or ‘extended gateway’ – for Rotterdam, Antwerp and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Huge volumes of goods find their way via Venlo to the Central European hinterland. This makes Venlo Europe’s most important growth region in terms of logistics.

The ideal location, the excellent accessibility and the ample availability of space for large warehousing complexes are all unique advantages of Venlo. Even more important is the fact that the required knowledge and expertise for efficient management of goods flows are available here. As well as that, Venlo offers all the required supporting services, from customs facilities to logistics education right up to graduate level.

Vision Harbor Venlo

Spearhead in agrofood

Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo

The south-east of the Netherlands is the country’s second horticultural area, and together with the German border region it is Europe’s largest. Venlo and its surrounding area are the focal point of the region.

Horticulture in Venlo is surrounded by a network of related companies, organizations and institutes that are active in the supply chain, processing, packaging, trading, transport & agrologistics etc. A large part of these companies are located in the Fresh Park Venlo agrofood business park.

To further strengthen the economic interests of the agrofood sector, Venlo actively supports innovative and knowledge-intensive companies. This promotes collaboration and synergies between business organizations (in all sectors), education, research and government. Brightlands Campus Greenpark Venlo will play a key role in these developments: acting as an incubator, laboratory and testbed for new ideas and developments in the agrofood sector.

Spearhead in manufacturing and knowledge-intensive industry

Venlo: city of industry

Measured by the number of people employed in industry out of the total working population, Venlo takes fifth place out of the fifty largest towns and cities in the Netherlands. And as far as knowledge-intensive industries are concerned, Venlo holds an even stronger position with the No. 2 place!

The most important and best known knowledge-intensive company in Venlo is Océ, which forms part of the Canon Group. It has its own campus in Venlo-North, with an extensive R&D center with hundreds of highly educated specialists.

Other knowledge-intensive companies in Venlo operate in areas such as turbine technology, coatings and coating systems, machine and equipment building, glass and many others.

Spearhead in retail

Venlo – shopping city

Venlo is a real shopping city. The friendly, historical inner city draws many visitors from the city itself, but also from the surrounding region and the German hinterland. You’ll find thousands of tourists and shoppers in the city at weekends and on the German public holidays, all of them helping to create a real international atmosphere.

In recent years Venlo has made big investments in its inner city. The Maasboulevard has created a modern extension of the shopping area and a new route for visitors to follow.

The Maaspoort theater and congress center, the Grenswerk popular music venue and the varied selection of restaurants, cafés and bars offer ample choice of entertainment and catering alternatives. Numerous events complete Venlo’s active and lively city center scene.