IOI-Loders Croklaan, one of the world’s biggest producers and suppliers of specialty vegetable oils and fats, was founded in the Dutch town of Wormerveer over 110 years ago. In the summer of 2010, IOI-Loders Croklaan opened a state-of-the-art palm oil refinery on the Maasvlakte, next to Rotterdam.
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For IOI-Loders Croklaan, situating the new refinery in Rotterdam was an obvious choice. This port city, a gateway not just to Europe but to the entire world, offered IOI-Loders Croklaan the right infrastructure and all logistical facilities they needed to be able to meet the growing worldwide demand for their products, and to deliver to customers across the globe quickly and efficiently.
With an annual capacity of 100,000 tons, the Rotterdam Palm Oil Plant Complex is the largest plant of its type in the world. Throughout the process of bringing the refinery into being, the company worked closely with the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), who assisted with accelerating and simplifying a range of procedures.
“Thanks to its independent stance, the NFIA is a very reliable and objective partner, and one with many years experience of supporting foreign investors. NFIA has an extensive network of contacts in the worlds of commerce and government,” said Loek Favre, Chief Operating Officer of IOI-Loders Croklaan Europe. “With their assistance, we managed to save a substantial amount of time, effort and resources in the realization of the Rotterdam Palm Oil Plant Complex project.