Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL) opened its new European head office in Amsterdam on 29 January 2015. ICL has a longstanding relationship with the city because it has been operating a fertiliser plant in the Amsterdam port area since the 1980s. It is consequently very familiar with the city and its business climate.
Port of Amsterdam is delighted that ICL has chosen to locate its new head office in Amsterdam. Port of Amsterdam CEO Dertje Meijer says the fact that ICL already has activities in the port of Amsterdam means it is well acquainted with Amsterdam’s strengths as a logistics hot spot. ‘There are very short lines of communications and this creates the optimum conditions for collaboration,’ says Ms Meijer.
ICL CEO Stefan Borgas states the informal and direct culture, the pleasant working relationship with the Amsterdam authorities, the Dutch tax climate and the attractive living environment as key reasons for opting to pool a large number of corporate functions in Amsterdam New West.
The European head office was officially opened by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. He had discussed Amsterdam as a potential location for the European head office in a conversation with Stefan Borgas during a visit to Israel in late 2013.
The new ICL head office is expected to have 300 employees who will fulfil positions in a range of corporate support services including finance, procurement and human resources.
ICL is a global manufacturer of products based on unique minerals and focuses on three markets: agriculture, food and engineered materials. ICL has more than 12,000 employees worldwide and generates revenue of over six billion US dollars.