Machines are the most lucrative export product for the Netherlands according to the Central Agency for Statistics (CBS). The sector made up for almost 13 billion Euro in revenue in 2015. Eindhovens ASML is the world-leader in that branch, making up for a 7 billion Euro revenue on its own.
The total revenue of exporting machines is close to 2 percent of the countries gross national product. Machines are being followed by natural gas (close to 7 billion) and floriculture, flowers and plants (nearing 6 billion).
According to the CBS machines are getting more important to the Dutch economy. In 1995, total export earnings were at 8,9 percent, by 2015 that number had increased to 11,5 percent. The role of chip machine manufacturers like ASML in particular, has grown according to the CBS.