We are focussing our business on our strengths, evaluating our market and geographical positions and building on success. In optimising our portfolio we have decided to transfer activities in Shanghai, China to strategic partner Century3 and divest our infrastructural activities in Poland. We have withdrawn from maritime operations in the Russian Federation and closed our office in St Petersburg due to decline in market demand. We will, however, continue our activities in these countries to maintain our market positions and to serve our clients locally from our offices in China (Beijing), in Poland (Warsaw) and in the Russian Federation (Moscow).
Concentrating activities in main offices
In countries where we have an established presence (particularly in the Netherlands, United Kingdom and South Africa) we have consolidated our business within main offices and closed smaller ones. This will boost collaboration in our business and bring cost and sustainability improvements through more energy efficient buildings situated close to public transport links. In the Netherlands our offices in Utrecht, Nijmegen and The Hague moved and the offices in the province of Overijssel were combined into one office in Zwolle. In the United Kingdom we closed our Glasgow and Birmingham offices and in South Africa we closed the offices in Kimberley, Mossel Bay, Knysna, Mafikeng, Mbombela and Northcliffe.
Proud of 65 years NACO
We are proud of NACO, Netherlands Airport Consultants, part of Royal HaskoningDHV, that celebrated their 65 years of existence. Our global provider of airport planning, airport design and airport engineering services was established in 1949, and since then NACO has been assisting clients with realiszing their goals for airport development at more than 550 airports around the world.
In association with our Saudi partner, we opened a new office in Jeddah for our joint venture SADECO (Saudi Dutch Engineering Consultancy). We celebrated 40 years of our partnership with Chuchawal in Thailand. Chuchawal Royal Haskoning (CRH) is a joint venture which provides services to international and local clients in markets including assembly and production, distribution centres and warehousing, and a wide range of industrial plants.
In Indonesia, we joined forces with BPPT (Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology), an Indonesian government agency responsible for assessing the mining and minerals sector. We are collaborating with them to ensure greener mining practices and to enhance the value of the Indonesian mining sector. The team in Indonesia have successfully identified chances in the region and are turning the company from mainly maritime services into a business with a broad spread of expertise.