EQUILEX BV

Equilex is a team of professionals with international experience and industrial business background in chemicals manufacturing and refining. Equilex focusses in value creation through our expertise in marketing, technical, logistic and finance.

Who we are

Equilex BV is a chemicals, petrochemicals and refinery specialties marketing and distributing company based in the Netherlands. Our headquarters are located in Schiedam in the port of Rotterdam and we have commercial offices in Aix en Provence and Beauvais in France, Schiedam in the Netherlands and Dzerzinsk in Russia.

Equilex BV has 2 wholly owned subsidiaries. Equilex Chemicals BV, handles refinery chemicals, intermediates and a range of specialty solvents and performance chemicals.

Equilex Oil and Wax BV, handles the distribution and trading of base oils, waxes and base feedstocks in the international market.

Goals in the servicing of our clients needs

Our goals are to:

  1. Identify clients needs in products sourcing or marketing
  2. Provide our clients with commercial, logistic and financial services related to products supply
  3. Act with ethical standards and integrity
  4. Prioritize on safety, health and environment regulations
  5. Work in a team-building relationship, to provide information on markets, to guide our clients in their product purchases or sales so that we can build a long term win-win relationship

We strive to offer our partners:

  • the knowledge and market vision of a chemicals producer
  • the reliability and proximity networking of a local distributor
  • the flexibility of a trading company

Our knowledge and connections in the producing and parallel usage markets enable us to offer you the best compromise between price and availability of products.

Values for efficient partnership

We are Responsible

We carefully follow safety, health and environment rules.
Currently emphasizing on the setting up of REACH regulation and will closely comply rules related to EH&S standards.

We are Reliable

We've been working for years with most of the producers and we like to establish long-term relationships with our customers. Trust is a key value in our partnerships.

We are Knowledgeable

We have an extensive knowledge of our markets and our products. Our team also has the know-how of large company organization and methodology. Our expert knowledge of producers and markets secures the availability of your chemicals supply, especially in short markets.

We are Flexible

As we know both ends of the market very well, global world market and local needs, we adapt perfectly to your requirements.

History

Equilex BV is a 100% subsidiary of AJV International, a private company based in Aix en Provence, France and involved in the fields of chemicals & petrochemicals marketing.

AJV International started its activities in 1999 with the valorization of refinery streams in the chemicals intermediates sector, firstly as a commercial agency for the former USA  based Oil group ARCO.

In 2000 through the foundation of the distribution subsidiary EQUILEX BV, initially based in Alkmaar, Netherlands the company has been active as a trading and marketing firm in high olefins.

Since 2002 Equilex has signed commercial contracts and has developed long term relationships with prestigious petrochemicals and refinery companies and has diversified its sources from various regions of the world (Europe, Canada, USA, Australia, Venezuela). The company consequently enlarged its market reach outside Europe and has built business activities in Asian countries (Taiwan, China, Indonesia, Korea, and Japan) and some eastern European countries.

As from 2006, it was decided to extend the marketing programs with other chemicals capitalizing on the company business network. The management identified several fields matching the company business philosophy and where Equilex BV could involve its ressources technically and commercially in fields such as detergents, surfactants, lubricants, adhesives and coatings.

In 2007, in view of the upcoming REACH legislation in Europe, AJV International created a task force in order to support Equilex BV suppliers in complying with this new and complex regulation. A dedicated team was assigned to implement the registration of the complete EQUILEX product portfolio and the company has been acting as European Only Representative for some partners interested in registering their products in Europe.

In 2011, the two operating companies Equilex Chemicals BV and Equilex Oil & Wax BV were created in order to segregate the activities of the chemicals and the base feedstocks sectors.

Equilex group transferred its headquarters in 2012 to Schiedam, Netherlands where the administration, logistic, finance and technical departments are operating.

Since then, the activities of the group have enlarged to include Alkylphenols, Alkylbenzenes, Ethanolamines, Linear alpha Olefins, Ethylene glycols, and many more performance chemicals and specialty products that you can find in our product range.

Our team

Corporate, Sales & Marketing

Cees Verdel - Managing Director Equilex Group

Cees has 37 years experience in the banking industry. Former Head of Trade and Commodity Finance and member of the management team with Hollandsche Bank Unie N.V. (former subsidiary of ABN AMRO Bank NV)

Patrick Elie - Commercial Director Equilex Group

Patrick holds a Master degree in chemistry from Nantes University and an MBA from ESSEC Business School in Paris.
An international career in chemical trading and marketing, namely at Arco Chemical with a business network in Asia, America, Australia & Europe.
Founder of AJV International & Commercial Director of Equilex. Patrick is in charge of the High Olefins business and the new projects.

Edmund Baylis - Sales Manager Specialties

Edmund has a PhD in Polymer Chemistry from Liverpool University and has had extensive experience in various large multinational companies, such as Cray Valley, DSM, Lyondell Chemical and ISP, in functions ranging from R&D, Technical, Business and Industrial management.  He is in charge of the diversification program of the company into new products and markets and is sales manager responsible for our alkyl phenols and our alkyl benzenes.

Artem Shestakov - Marketing Consultant CEE

Artem has studied at Nizhniy Novgorod State University, Faculty of International Relations. He has worked several years in various commercial functions with a Russian manufacturer and became Senior Trader in Chemicals and Petrochemicals in an Independant Petroleum Distribution company in Zug, Switzerland. He is now in charge of the diversification program of Equilex into new products and markets in the Eastern Europe countries and is managing sales for all chemical and crude streams to and from Russian territory.

 
David Wei - Area and Product Stewardship Manager 

David has been working previously for Everlight Europe B.V. as safety and service manager and for Glencore International Import BV as product safety professional.
After his studies in China David obtained his Master of Science in Chemical Engineering at the Delft University. Since January 2007 David has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Delft University of Technology. Extensive experience in the research field of petrochemical and material science: Tuning Fe and V sites microporous and mesaporous materials for O2 and N2O induced selective oxidation reactions.

Daan van Agtmael- Business Development Manager Northern Europe

Daan has a higher professional education degree in commercial economics. He has several years of experience in sales and product management of petrochemicals in various markets having worked for a well-known pan-European chemical distributor. Daan is in charge of business development in Northern Europe and works closely with his colleagues on marketing the product portfolio of Equilex.

Brigitte Elie-Moinard - Communication coordinator

Brigitte holds a master degree in Natural Sciences and Geology from Nantes Sciences University and has studied Communication Management in Nantes Business school. She has worked as a Natural Sciences teacher in  schools in France for 18 years before joining AJV International as administrator and co-managing director. She is now coordinating the effort on the communication of Equilex Group.

Logistics & Administration

Jan van Dienst - Senior Supply Chain Advisor 

Almost 40 years of Supply Chain experience within one of the largest global chemical companies in areas of project and supplier management, procurement, logistics, planning and operations in environments such as European Plants, Service Centers and Headquarters. 

Joris Schalker  -Logistics Coordinator

Joris has a long experience in execution, implementation and supervision of commercial contracts, issue voyage orders, purchase of bunkers and vessel related services, identify and resolve operational issues,optimize and clarify transport results.

Esther Corveleijn - Finance, Logistic and  Office Assistant

Esther has been working in administrative functions for shipping companies like Cobra, Herning and Anthony Veder.The last ten years she worked as chartering and adminsitrative assistant and gained valuable experiences at Stolt Nielsen Inland Tanker Service.  

Peter Dekker - Logistics Coordinator

Peter holds the position of Logistics Coordinator for the chemicals and the oil and wax businesses.
Almost 30 years experience, working in the international shipping and forwarding industry for companies like Broekman Motorships, Ziegler, Burgergroup and Vanguard.
Knowledgeable in the shipping and inland transportation world holding international commercial, operational, quality, customers service and management functions. 

Evegeniya Komarova - Logistics Coordinator Eastern Europe Countries

Evegeniya studied at the Volgo Vyatskaya Academy of Public Administration Nizhny Novgorod, Faculty of Management, Economy and Law.
She began to work in 2011  as Artem Shestakov's assistant in Trade Company of Chemicals and Petrochemicals in Independent Petroleum Distribution SA in Zug, Switzerland.
Since July 2014 she has been working with Equilex team, coordinating logistics for products such as Alkylphenols, Solvents, AMS, Hexene-1. This include transport management, organizing customs clearance and  translating technical documents, coordination with transport companies, forwarders, plants.

Technical and EH&S

David Wei - Area and Product Stewardship Manager 

David has been working previously for Everlight Europe B.V. as safety and service manager and for Glencore International Import BV as product safety professional.
After his studies in China David obtained his Master of Science in Chemical Engineering at the Delft University. Since January 2007 David has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Delft University of Technology. Extensive experience in the research field of petrochemical and material science: Tuning Fe and V sites microporous and mesaporous materials for O2 and N2O induced selective oxidation reactions.

David is coordinating the EH&S activities for the group and handles all products technical related documentation and issues.

 

Finance & Accounting

Rob Coen - Financial Manager

30 years of Financial and Accounting experience in the Financial Controls organization of Arco/Lyondell Chemicals in Plant, Service Center and Headquarter environments.

Rob Warmerdam - Accountant

Completed a Professional Business Economics Bachelor Study (HEAO).
Rob is an all-round financial expert with more than 25 years of experience and held and position as financial accountant and payroll administator at various companies in the Netherlands

Partners

Most of our Services Partners are top ranked companies in their field of activities.

Banks
DEUTSCHE BANK NEDERLAND, Netherlands

Insurances
Atradius, Netherlands
AON, Netherlands

Audit and accountant
Deloitte consulting, Netherlands

Surveyors
SGS, Netherlands

Transport and storage
Odfjell tankers & terminals, Norway
Stolt Nielsen, Norway
Milestone, Japan
Nordic Tankers, Denmark
Vopak, Netherlands
Standic, Netherlands