Merzario Moves to New Office

NHKBA member Merzario, a forwarding agent and specialist in logistics, is moving from their premises in Ridderkerk to a new and much bigger office in Rotterdam. The new office will be officially opened by Mayor Aboutaleb on 1st June.

Merzario has offices in the Netherlands, Germany, the UK, China, Hong Kong and Vietnam.

The contact details of Merzario’s new head office are:

K.P. van der Mandelelaan 20 
3062 MB, Rotterdam
The Netherlands

T: +31 10 31 66 500


Hans Poulis re-elected as Chairman

At the Annual General Meeting of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association, held on 21st May 2019 in Rotterdam, Mr. Hans Poulis was re-elected as Chairman of the association for two years.

Treasurer Ms Paula Kant was also re-elected. The other board members of the NHKBA were confirmed by the AGM in 2018 and did not require re-election.

The members of the board of the NHKBA for 2019-2020 are:

  • Mr Hans Poulis, Chairman
  • Ms Jacqueline Baud, Vice-Chairman
  • Ms. Paula Kant, Treasurer
  • Ms Weng Shen Cheung, Member
  • Mr. Marco van Naarden, Member
  • Mr. David Marsden, Member

Rotterdam, 22 May 2019

41st AGM NHKBA in Rotterdam

The board of the Society is pleased to invite you for the 41st Annual General Meeting of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association. The AGM will be held on Tuesday, 21st May at the beautiful Schielandshuis, Korte Hoogstraat 31, 3011 GK Rotterdam.

Following the AGM you are invited to attend two guest lectures; the first by Mr. Edo de Ronde of Rotterdam Partners and the second by Mr. Hans Poulis, Chairman of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association, and a cocktail reception offered by the NHKBA.

nb: the agenda and other documents relevant to the AGM will be sent  by e-mail separately.

About the Speakers:

Rotterdam Partners is responsible for the city marketing, acquisition marketing and helping with the development of a better business climate. The agency promotes the Rotterdam region nationally and internationally.

Mr. Edo de Ronde of Rotterdam Partners will talk about how they changed the international image of Rotterdam so that today it is recognised as one of the “must visit” places in the world. A place that draws admirers of modern architecture as well as organisers of conferences, international companies and students. A story of an ugly duckling that turned into a glorious swan.

Mr. Hans Poulis is CEO of IGC International, Chairman of the NHKBA and, since December 2018, Vice-Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide. He will speak about the new direction of the Federation in Europe and around the world and how the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association can and will be a part of this new direction.

The presentations will be followed by a cocktail reception in Brasserie “Schielandshuis” on the ground floor.


15:00 hrs :          Welcome & registration

15:30 hrs :           Annual General Meeting  (nb: for NHKBA members only)

16:30 hrs :          Break

16:45 hrs :          Introduction by Mr Hans Poulis, Chairman NHKBA 

                                  Speech by Mr. Edo de Ronde, Business Manager Asia & Logistics at Rotterdam Partners

                                  Speech by Mr Hans Poulis, Chairman NHKBA, Vice Chairman of the FHKBAW

17:15 hrs :         Cocktail Reception (You can visit the visitor’s centre and the “Rotterdam Discovery” section)

19:00 hrs :         End


Documents pertaining to the AGM:


Please register before Tuesday 14 May 2019.

Participation is free of charge for members of the NHKBA and special guests.

We look forward to welcoming you on 21st May 2019!

Newsletter InvestHK

The latest edition of the quarterly newsletter of InvestHK has been published. In this edition: a special feature on “New Business Opportunities under the Outline Development Plan of the Greater Bay Area”; the Hong Kong Budget 2019-2020; Focus on Hong Kong as leading Dispute Resolution Hub; and a number of case studies.

Click here to access the newsletter.

New HK Government website on Greater Bay Area

The Hong Kong Government has built a website with a great deal of information about the socalled “Greater Bay Area”. This Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area comprises the two Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macao, and the nine municipalities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing in Guangdong Province. The total area is 56 000 km2and the total population was around 70 million as at end 2017.

Click here to visit the website.

In Memoriam: Ronald Develing (1941 – 2019)

Former NHKBA member Ronald Develing, founder of Develing Trade in Bunschoten, passed away on 26 March in his home village of Zwartebroek.

The well attended funeral took place on 2nd April in Terschuur.

Ronald Develing, an inspiring and warm personality, was a Dutch business pioneer in China and a frequent visitor of both China and Hong Kong. In the late 1980s he was one of the first Dutch entrepreneurs to set up a wholly owned company in the PRC. He also maintained an office in Hong Kong for many years.

Develing International is a Dutch sales and distribution company (B2B) of high quality ingredients for the food, feed, pharmaceutical, chemical and paper industry in China and Vietnam.

Develing Trade was founded in 1983. In 1989, the company was taken over by Akzo Nobel. In 1997, Ronald bought a substantial part of Develing Trade back from Akzo Nobel and relaunched his own business.

In 2007, Ronald’s son Ernst Jan took over the management of the company.

Postponed: Members in the Spotlight Event with MosquitNo


Much to our regret we have, due to unforeseen circumstances, to postpone the “Members in the Spotlight” event with Mosquitno in Roermond on 12 April 2019.

MosquitNo founder Etienne Hendrickx has agreed to reschedule his presentation, probably to early June.

More news about the new date and venue will follow as soon as possible.

Chairman NHKBA Presents Cheque to Foodlink Foundation in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, 21 March 2019

Hans Poulis, Chairman of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association and Vice Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide, and Ms Annemieke Ruigrok, the Dutch Consul General in Hong Kong, today presented a cheque of € 1888 to Ms. Alice De La Fuente Saez – Wong, Director of the Foodlink Foundation in Hong Kong.

The presentation took place at the office of the Foodlink Foundation in Kwun Tong, Hong Kong.

The amount was raised at the annual Chinese New Year Dinner of the NHKBA on 8 February in Amsterdam.

Founded in 2001, Foodlink Foundation is a registered Hong Kong charity dedicated to fighting hunger, building self-sufficiency, and fostering nutritional wellness among those in need, while simultaneously reducing food wastage in hotels and F&B outlets in Hong Kong.

To read more about the fantastic work the Foodlink Foundation is doing in Hong Kong, please visit their website by clicking here.

NHKBA Member Online Deluxe Studio introduces: “B-Spoken”

Fashion company Online Deluxe Studio (HK, Amsterdam, Shanghai) has introduced a new initiative: the “B-Spoken” fashion brand.  B-Spoken offers services to Corporate Companies and combines Personal Branding with Sustainable Corporate Collections, supported by High Tech.

According to Maureen Josef, CEO of Online Deluxe Studion, B-Spoken offers a unique educational opportunity for the staff members of corporations, from junior associates to C-Suite, combining three fundamental and dynamic programs, to enhance the performance of key assets: Presentation Coaching – Image Consultation – Leadership Coaching

In addition, the B-Spoken Circle Project supports the Circular Economy by:

– Developing Post-Consumer Recycled Collections, which will be the standard of Online Deluxe Studion for all consumer products it will offer in the future.

– Developing Technologies to reduce the waste

Online Deluxe Studio is would like to get in touch with Companies who can provide Innovative Solutions to support their Circular Economy Project.

Interested?  Have a look at

For more information, please contact:

Maureen Josef – CEO and Theo Wit – CSO

Online Deluxe Studio Ltd. Europe
Amsterdam Showroom: PC Hooftstraat 125- 2, 1071 BS Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Tel NL: +(31) 20 370 65 26

Online Deluxe Studio Ltd. Hong Kong Office:
Suite 911, Starhouse, 3 Salisbury Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Mob: +(852) 6696 6405 |Tel: +(852) 2302 4468 | Fax: +(852) 2302 4418




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