COVID-19 has impacted the whole world and the Dutch water sector is reporting a decrease in exports in 2020. The latest edition of the Water Sector Export Index (WEX) shows an estimated export value for 2020 of EUR 7.9 billion. The export value in 2019 was EUR 8.1 billion. Given the current situation, the Dutch water sector expects a decrease of 3% in 2020.
The latest Water Sector Export Index 2020-2021 (WEX) gives new and more definitive figures for 2019, the first preliminary figures for 2020 and the forecast for 2021.
The WEX report is optimistic about the future though. For 2021, both water technology and hydraulic engineering companies expect an average growth of 3%. Markets in neighbouring countries are becoming more and more important, the delta technology sector sees opportunities in Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom.
Outside Europe, the United States, Canada and Kenya are important countries for market opportunities. In terms of water technology, companies see Germany, France and the United Kingdom as the most important European markets, and the United States, Kenya and China as important international markets.
The latest WEX report gives insight in the definitive figures for 2019, provisional figures for 2020, and a global estimate for exports in 2021. The research was carried out by agency Panteia within the framework of the Partners for Water Programme of the Dutch Government. The Netherlands Water Partnership, Water Alliance and Envaqua are the initiators of the survey.