670,000 employees are active in North Rhine-Westphalia in the metal industry, together with the electrical sector, she is the most important industrial sector in Germany. 70 percent of German companies are small or medium-sized businesses. In the Netherlands, an acute skills shortage in the metal industry is expected in the next few years–many who leave because of his age, cannot be replaced. Therefore the demand in the Netherlands for foreign specialists from Germany. Conversely, Dutch suppliers can help German machine builders. In the area of the Euregio Rhine-Waal, there will be more and more need to Exchange across national borders in the metal industry in the next few years. Entrepreneurs who already want to adapt to this trend, get jump start the portal project. On March 3 a company visit at the industrial company will take place in the Dutch’s Heerenberg te Booy parts, which is already successfully borders. Te Booy provides, inter alia, steel and plastic parts for the automotive industry, the construction sector and the chemical industry. After the tour and presentation of the company, the opportunity to socialize and to meet like-minded people from the neighbouring country is at a networking event. Right in the following week, on March 12, there will be also a specific event, which is expected to take place in the Dutch Terborg. This explains the peculiarities of the Dutch metal industry and discussed opportunities for German companies. Also the participants lets networks after the official part in a relaxed atmosphere”. Participation in both events is free of charge, but it is requesting registration via the website. The portal project for entrepreneurs also offers individual support those who register now, can get refunded various fees up to 70 percent. This includes costs for legal or tax advice can one but also the translation Include company Web site or brochure. The maximum aid is EUR 5,000. The portal project that wants to portal project facilitate the step on the market of the neighbouring country small and medium-sized enterprises in the border region. This project is an initiative of the Kamer van Koophandel Centraal Gelderland, the industry and lower Rhine in Duisburg, as well as the Handwerkskammer Dusseldorf Chamber of Commerce. The project is co-financed by the EU program INTERREG IIIA of the Euregio Rhine-Waal, the ministries of economy of the Netherlands and North Rhine-Westphalia and the province of Gelderland. More info on the project: media contacts: Mediamixx Frank Wobbeking and Maike Gustorf Tiergarten road 64 47533 Kleve Tel: 02821 711 56 10 fax: 02821 711 56 39 E-Mail:, Web: part-financed by the EU program INTERREG IIIA of the Euregio Rhine-Waal, the economic ministries of the Netherlands and North Rhine-Westphalia and by the province of Gelderland.