Why Rivian did not choose VDL Nedcar

1. FNV demands a wage increase of 14.3 per cent

In order to preserve purchasing power, FNV wants a wage increase of 14.3 percent to be included in the collective agreements that apply for the coming year. This is exactly the inflation for October. This means that the employees would not benefit, but would not be impaired either. ‘So a moderate salary requirement’, says spokesman José Kager.

2. TNO finds a solution to silent plastic kills

Car tyres, packaging material and agricultural plastics are responsible for the largest amounts of microplastics that end up in our environment, TNO states in a report published yesterday. There are currently 291 kilotons (291 million kilos) of microplastics in the environment in the Netherlands. Until 2050, it will rise to no less than 1,031 kilotons if we do nothing. According to TNO, a reduction of 70 percent of microplastics in 2050 will be possible if work is done more efficiently and environmentally friendly in areas such as material selection, product design, recycling and waste sorting.

Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastic less than five millimeters in size that are released when the products are worn. Tire wear, use of agricultural film and waste account for a large part of the sale of microplastics.

3. Rush to the notary for jubilation

Notaries face busy months. Rich Dutch quickly pass on the so-called ‘jubelton’ to their children. From 1 January, you may no longer donate this tax-free 106,671 euros to someone to buy a house or pay off a mortgage. ‘It’s really starting to storm,’ says Rotterdam notary Aniel Autar. “I have about four or five clients for this a day.”

The cheer tone was temporarily introduced in 2013 to stimulate house sales, which had then been put on hold by the credit crunch. After more than a year, the scheme disappeared for a while, but in 2017 it was introduced for a longer period. Back then it was still exactly 100,000 euros, since then the amount has been indexed every year.

4. The German government blocks the takeover of Chinese company

The German government will block a Chinese company’s takeover of a German chip factory. The decision comes a few days after Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s controversial visit to Chinese leader Xi Jinping. It concerns the listed company Elmos’ intended sale of wafer production to Silex Microsystems, a Swedish company that is 100% owned by the Chinese Sai Microelectronics.

According to media reports, German intelligence has opposed the proposed approval. The fear is that China will create dependency by buying strategic business activities that could make Germany extortionate and susceptible to political pressure.

5. Renault launches new e-car division

Renault plans to list its electric car division in the second half of 2023. It is also setting up a joint venture with Geely, the Chinese owner of Volvo, for hybrid and petrol cars. Both companies will have a 50 percent stake in it. This was reported by the French car manufacturer on Tuesday during a meeting for analysts and investors in Paris. The company’s stock fell 2 percent on the Paris stock exchange.

The news is spicy. Renault is still formally in an alliance with Japan’s Nissan and Mitsubishi, which has been at an impasse since the arrest and flight of former CEO Carlos Ghosn.

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6. Must read: Why Rivian did not choose VDL Nedcar

VDL Nedcar, the car manufacturer from Born in Limburg, was twice last year close to an agreement with the American manufacturer of electric cars Rivian. There was a last-minute problem, Willem van der Leegte, president of parent company VDL Groep, said in an interview with Brabant Development Company on Tuesday.

A transaction with Rivian would have been a huge boost for the factory in Born, as Nedcar will no longer build cars for its current customer BMW from March 2024. So far, no replacement has been found for this contract party from Munich. VDL Nedcar employs approximately four thousand employees.

7. At the coffee machine: Plane almost as full again

The planes were almost as full in the third quarter as before the corona era, figures from Statistics Netherlands show on Tuesday. Between July and September, almost 80 percent of seats on flights to and from the Netherlands were occupied, compared to 83 percent in 2019.

In the third quarter, 18.7 million passengers traveled to and from one of the five Dutch airports. This is one and a half times as many as the twelve million passengers in the third quarter of last year. However, there are still millions fewer than in 2019, when more than 23 million people flew to and from the Netherlands.

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