The ideal geographical location at the heart of Europe has led many international companies to organize their distribution from the Maastricht Region. This has resulted in the region becoming an international hotspot for medical technology and steel companies.
The Maastricht Region, along with the Limburg province as a whole, is heavily dependent on exports, with Germany in particular being a key export market. The chemicals industry, represented by more than a hundred chemicals and related companies at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus, has the largest share of export value.
The high proportion of multilingual employees has led to more and more call centres choosing the Maastricht Region as their headquarters. Around 30 international call centres are based here and together they employ over 5000 people!
Traditional maps of the Netherlands show the Maastricht Region as being located at the edge of the country and often mask much of the neighbouring countries, but actually the Maastricht Region is located at the heart of Europe in a border region boasting international cultures and languages, just one hour's drive from large urban centres such as Düsseldorf, Cologne, Brussels, and Antwerp. Not only that, but you can reach Aachen and Liège by bike, and the Ardennes and Eiffel are just round the corner! Together with the surrounding region, we form the Euregio Meuse-Rhine, made up of nearly four million inhabitants in the Netherlands, Wallonia, Flanders and North Rhine-Westphalia in a 30 km radius.
The strength of the Maastricht Region is that it operates on various levels of scale. Primarly, it operates as part of the Limburg province, but it also operates on the same level as Brainport, the southern provinces, and the rest of the Netherlands. In addition, the surrounding countries are gaining in importance for the Maastricht Region, economically, culturally, and in terms of recreation.