Can you tell us something about your company?
Royal Vopak is the world’s leading independent tank storage company. We run a worldwide network of terminals located at strategic locations along important trade routes. With 400 years of history and a strong focus on safety and sustainability, we ensure efficient, safe and clean storage and handling of liquid bulk products and gases for our customers. In this way we can deliver products that are vital for the economy but also our daily life. This concerns oil, chemicals, gases and from LNG to biofuels.
Vopak is listed on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange. Our head office is located in Rotterdam. In combination with our joint ventures and affiliates, our international workforce counts more than 5,500 people. From May 5, 2017 Vopak runs 67 terminals in 25 countries with a total combined storage capacity of 35.7 million m3. In addition, another 2.8 million m3 is being developed, which is expected to be operational by the end of 2019.
Why did your company choose Texas?
We operate worldwide and run a network of terminals at strategic locations along important trade routes. The location of Texas fits perfectly.
What kind of advice can you give to Dutch entrepreneurs who want to do business in Texas?
The best advice is to adjust to the culture and to be open to differences. In addition, you really have to invest in making the right connections that meet your business needs.