Bredero Shaw, part of the Canadian group ShawCor Ltd, is the global leader in pipe coatings for the oil and gas industry. It has 5,000 employees across 20 locations worldwide and opened its EMAR (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia) headquarters in Leiden in August 2014.
“We chose the Netherlands mainly because of its central location,” explained Bredero Shaw’s President Henri Tausch, from Houston, USA. “We, and our customers, travel a lot so we needed a headquarters within easy reach of a very well-connected international airport. We also needed to be able to hire good talent in a competitive tax environment. The Netherlands works on all three counts.”
Bredero Shaw manages all its customers and factories in the EMAR region from offices next to Leiden’s train station. This is just 15 minutes from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and close to many key sub sea engineering contractors in the Leiden, Delft and The Hague area. “Being well connected is a big plus for us,” confirmed Henri. “We’re very cosmopolitan so our team wants to be close to transport hubs, hotels, restaurants, culture and international schools.”
The Leiden office continues to grow. “As of this spring,” Henri continued, “the team will be strengthened further when the highly experienced Mr. Kevin Reizer takes the helm in the Netherlands as our new Senior Vice President Eastern Hemisphere.”
Although Bredero Shaw already had a legal entity in the Netherlands, it still needed to find premises and hire staff. “We spoke to the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) and WestHolland Foreign Investment Agency (WFIA),” said Henri, “and they found us a Dutch project manager. When we needed to transfer some of our own people with specific skill sets from outside the EU, they put us in touch with relocation consultants and helped with the immigration process. Both organizations have been assisting us expertly in the Netherlands and closer to home in the USA and the UK.”