Trade mission Logistics and Plastic Resins 

Trade mission Logistics & Plastic Resins

On March 20 and 21 2017, the NBSO welcomed a delegation from the Netherlands. The delegation was formed by representatives from different logistic service providers looking for business opportunities in the expected plastic resin boom in Houston in the near future. Also part of the delegation was our colleague from the Netherlands, the general secretary of the Holland Logistics Network. The mission was focused on logistics and more specifically on the total chain of logistics of plastic resins. A plastic resin is the raw material from which i.e. plastics are made off. Because of all the new construction in the Bay Area Houston -almost $50 billion worth of new projects- Houston is the place to be for service providers in this industry.

The goal of this mission is to give Dutch companies access to market opportunities in the logistics around plastic resins in Houston, Texas. These opportunities arise from the current and future need for companies that have the knowledge and experience in packaging, chemical warehousing and the 3rd party logistics of these plastic resins. By organizing five site visits, a trade dinner and a network event, the NBSO introduced the Dutch delegation to the Houston market.

Day 1

We started the mission with a joint breakfast in Clear Lake, so the participants had the opportunity to introduce themselves and to pitch their expectations of this trip. Our first site visit was hosted at NASA Johnson Space Center Houston by The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP). The BAHEP engages approximately 270 investor companies, business professionals, local governments, and educational institutions to bring about prosperity and a high quality of life in south east Texas. Dan Seal, the Executive Director Special Initiatives at BAHEP gave us a comprehensive insight in the economy and business opportunities in the Greater Houston Area. After this presentation we had the opportunity to visit the famous Space Center and to picture ourselves in outer space. The afternoon was marked by our second site visit to Kaneka North America LLC in Pasadena, TX. Kanaka is a Japanese worldwide $5 billion producer of chemical products including plastic resins, pharmaceutical intermediaries, food supplements, synthetic fibers and fine chemicals. During this visit we had the opportunity to see the production process of the chemical products.

We concluded the first day with a trade dinner on a very special location; the historical Clipper ‘De Stad Amsterdam’ that was docked in Galveston during the week off the trade mission. The clipper has sailed all the way from Amsterdam around the America’s and was the perfect home base of this trade mission. During the trade dinner the Dutch delegation was matched with possible business partners and other valuable connections while enjoying a delicious dinner and a magnificent sunset aboard The Clipper.

Take a look at the photo's of day 1!

Day 2

After spending the night on the Clipper, the second day started with a site visit to Plastic Express in Pasadena, TX. Plastic Express is specialized in warehousing, transporting and trans loading of o.a. plastic resins for big procedures. The warehouse in Pasadena is brand new and especially build for the big plastic resin boom that is expected in the next few years. We are very grateful to Kent Thompson, the Asst. Vice President of the Gulf Coast Operations at Plastic Resins, for his time and information by touring us around the warehouse. It was especially interesting to see this part of the logistical chain, after our visit to a producing company the day before.

The next stop was the Port of Houston, where Will Whitehouse, Sr. Trade Development Manager and Jordan Frisby,Economic Analyst at the Port of Houston Authority welcomed us with lunch and a beautiful view on Downtown Houston from the Port of Houston. Both gentlemen informed us about the Port of Houston and the connections with foreign trade. The Port of Houston is the nation’s largest port for foreign waterborne tonnage and an essential economic engine for the Houston region, the state of Texas, and the nation.  It supports the creation of nearly 1.175 million jobs in Texas and 2.7 million jobs nationwide, and economic activity totaling almost $265 billion in Texas – 16 percent of Texas’ total gross domestic product – and more than $617 billion in economic impact across the nation. The Netherlands is the fifth leading trading partner on the combined import and export by tonnage and dollar value. The Port of Houston is thus an import hub for logistics from the Netherlands.

On our fifth and last site visit on this trade mission we visited the Manchester Terminals, to get a grasp of the actual handling of freight at the Port of Houston. Manchester Terminals is a 72.5 Acre facility located on the corner of The Houston Ship Channel and Sims Bayou. Manchester Terminal is a private marine terminal that is a United States Coast Guard approved break bulk cargo facility. They offer a unique combination of services that include warehousing, railroad access and Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ). We visited the Manchester Terminals on invitation of one of its partners: BBC Chartering, a world leader in ocean carriage of heavy lift and project cargoes. BBC Chartering support leading clients with their fleet of currently 170 multi-purpose and heavy lift vessels. This fifth site visit added to a good overview of the total supply chain of the making, warehousing and handling of freight like plastic resins in Houston.

We concluded our trade mission with a network event on the Clipper ‘De Stad Amsterdam’, in joint organization with the Netherlands American Chamber of Commerce -Texas Chapter. The event was very well attended by familiar and new faces. Very successful connections for the future are made.

Take a look at the photo's of day 2!

We are looking back on two very successful days and are looking forward to see the successful connections in action!


Posted by Saskia Pardaans March 27, 2017 Categories: Handelsmissie

Kingdom of The Netherlands innovation mission in Austin, TX 

Global Smart City and Communities

NBSO- Texas was happy and honored to welcome the Innovation Mission from the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Austin, TX. On June 13-15, the city of Austin was the global center of the Smart City movement when it hosted three of the largest global smart city IoT (Internet of things) events at the Convention Center. The co-location of The Smart Cities Innovation Summit, the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) and the US Ignite Application Summit created the most comprehensive showcase and accelerator of smart city innovation world-wide and it was a huge success thanks to the 2000 attendees and exhibitors. During these events over 100 cities and their leadership are brought together in Austin to share their challenges and solutions and to partner with new innovative technology and service providers. With a delegation of representatives from 4 municipalities, 32 companies and the ministries of Infrastructure and the Environment, Economical affairs and Foreign affairs, The Netherlands and Curacao were strikingly present in Austin, TX.

Before the start of the events the Dutch delegation had the opportunity to pay a visit to the NXP facilities in Austin and to listen to a presentation by the CEO of NXP on smart city developments in the US. During the evening, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the NBSO-Texas organized the Executive Launch Networking Reception in downtown Austin for further matchmaking between the Dutch delegation and executives from the city of Austin, leadership, technology and business communities.

Day 1 started with the Global City Team Challenge (GCTC). The GCTC is an initiative designed to advance the deployment of IoT technologies within a smart city/ smart community environment. The focus is on city projects that are replicable, scalable, measurable and interoperable. The GCTC hosts a unique open Showcase of over 100 smart city best practices and projects from around the globe with city focused presentations, matchmaking and discussions on smart city deployment challenges and opportunities. At the Expo, participants and attendees were able to hear form Federal and Mayoral keynote speakers as they were discussing the future of smart cities and the role of synergetic relationships between the cities and the innovative IOT technologies. Participants who visited the Global smart city & community coalition booth had the rare opportunity to ‘visit’ the collaborating cities through VR glasses. At the end of Day 1 the matchmaking and knowledge sharing continued at the Global Smart Cities VIP Reception cohosted by The Netherlands, Google, NXP and US Ignite. Click on the link below for a video of day 1.

GSC3 in Austin Day 1

On Day 2 and 3 the Holland Pavilion opened her doors to welcome the participants of the Smart Cities Innovation Summit. The orange Holland Pavilion marked the corner of the expo floor very clearly and was the home base for the Dutch delegation for on the spot matchmaking opportunities. Besides that, the participants could attend many workshops and keynote sessions on energy, infrastructure networks, resilience, mobility and government. Visitors were able to view the smart city solutions from all the cities in the Global smart city & community coalition. Click on the links below for videos of 2 and 3.

GSC3 in Austin Day 2

GSC3 in Austin Day 3

Before heading back to The Netherlands, the Dutch Delegation visited the Seaholm Eco district and the Seaholm Power Plant, followed by three workshops at Pecan street, smart energy living lab after which the delegation got a further grasp on the smart city solutions in Austin and the opportunities for further collaboration in the future.











Posted by Saskia Pardaans July 01, 2016 Categories: Austin Handelsmissie Innovation Smart Grid

Ambassador Henne Schuwer visits Houston - the coverage 

Last week we welcomed our Ambassador Henne Schuwer and Remco Zeeuw, Head of Economic Department, in Houston, Texas. A program with different activities and events were awaiting them.

Their first visit was a breakfast meeting with the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP),Texas A&M University and elected officials to discuss collaboration with The Netherlands on a number of initiatives, the most pressing being moving forward with the design and construction of a coastal spine and flood gates to protect the coast and upper Galveston Bay, including the Houston Ship Channel from future storm surges like or worse than the area suffered from Hurricane Ike in 2008. Click here for an impression.

After the breakfast meeting we talked with Henri Remmers founder of Corpus. Corpus has plans to build a museum in League City, close to Houston. Henri Remmers and his team informed us about the status. Click here for an impression.

During a luncheon with more than 40 members of the Netherlands American Chamber of Commerce  at the NRG Stadium there was a discussion about the relation between the Netherlands and Texas and the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP). Besides there was enough time to get to know each other and strengthen existing relationships. Click here to watch the great atmosphere.

Afterwards the Ambassador and the Minister of Economics, together with the Honorary Consul Jos Wellink and Sander Vergroessen, Managing Director at IRO, visited the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). There they spoke with different Dutch companies. The Ambassador was proud that the Dutch were so well presented at the OTC. It was nice to hear that the Dutch company Barge Master won the Spotlight on new technology award. Click here for an impression.

Finally, Henne Schuwer was one of the hosts, together with Sander Vergroessen and Pieter van Oord, CEO of Van Oord, of the annual Holland Network Reception at the Museum of Fine Arts where 400 American and Dutch people joined. For the second time on this beautiful location the reception was a huge success. Click here for an impression.

This program was developed in cooperation with the Netherlands Business Support Office (NBSO Texas). With this visit we were given the opportunity to show the huge potential of the Texas economy to the Netherlands.

Photos by American Prestige Photography

Posted by Saskia Pardaans May 08, 2016 Categories: Handelsmissie

Ambassador Henne Schuwer visits Houston 

We are thrilled to welcome our Ambassador Henne Schuwer and Remco Zeeuw, Minister of Economics, this Monday in Houston, Texas. A program with different activities and events are awaiting them.

Their first visit will be a breakfast meeting with the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership and Texas A&M University. The topic of this meeting is: reducing hurricane-induced surge in the Houston/Galveston Region.

During a luncheon with members of the Netherlands American Chamber of Commerce there will be a discussion about the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Afterwards the Ambassador and the Minister will visit the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) where they will talk with Dutch companies.

Finally, Henne Schuwer will be one of the hosts of the annual Holland Network Reception at the Museum of Fine Arts where 400 American and Dutch people will join.

This program is developed in cooperation with the Netherlands Business Support Office (NBSO Texas). With this visit we are given the opportunity to show the huge potential of the Texas economy to the Netherlands.

Posted by Saskia Pardaans April 29, 2016 Categories: Handelsmissie

Smart Cities and Communities Nederland Texas 


Een handelsmissie in 2013 leidde tot een 'smart grid'-partnerschap tussen bedrijven en instellingen in Nederland en Texas. Inmiddels is de scope van het partnerschap breder geworden. De samenwerking richt zich nu op vraagstukken rond smart cities en communities.

Dit betekent dat de bedrijven en organisaties samen plannen ontwikkelen op het gebied van energievoorziening, water, afval en infrastructuur, en hoe je daar in de toekomst vorm aan geeft.

Partners for International Business

De Nederlandse bedrijven en organisaties in het partnerschap, onder leiding van netwerkbedrijf Alliander, krijgen via ondersteuning uit het programma Partners for International Business (PIB). Het partnerschap is inmiddels goed geïntegreerd in de Texaanse markt.

Het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken zet met PIB economische diplomatie in om handels- en investeringsbelemmeringen weg te nemen. Hierdoor kunnen ondernemers kansen verzilveren.

Uitwisseling en samenwerking

Inmiddels is er veel bereikt binnen het partnerschap. Er zijn personele uitwisselingen geweest tussen de netwerkbedrijven. Wetenschappers spreken op elkaars congressen en doen gezamenlijk onderzoek. Verscheidene bedrijven hebben Texas bezocht en zijn in contact gekomen met voor hen relevante partijen, zoals marktpartners en incubators.

Op dit moment werken verschillende partners samen aan een product waarmee consumenten 'off grid' kunnen gaan.

Meer informatie?

Dit partnerschap is constant op zoek naar uitbreiding en verdieping van haar activiteiten. Heeft u interesse om de markt in de VS te verkennen of werkt u aan een product dat interessant zou kunnen zijn voor de VS? Neem dan contact op via de website

June 17, 2015 Categories: Handelsmissie Smart Grid