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Boskalis and VolkerWessels combine forces in cable installation field.


 Boskalis and VolkerWessels will each hold a 50% stake in Visser & Smit Marine Contracting Holding B.V. (currently a 100% subsidiary of VolkerWessels), which will continue its activities under the name VSMC. The two companies see opportunities for strengthening their proposition in the market for offshore cable installation works, with the joint venture primarily focusing on the installation of offshore power cables, for example for wind farms (both infield and export cables). Boskalis and VSMC already work together on a project basi... Read More »

Dutch Astronomers And Physicists start community for science elisa-spacemission


The latter mission will be testing with the help of the by Einstein predicted gravitational waves the general theory of relativity, study compact objects and supermassive black holes, and maybe even discover new physics just after the Big Bang. The LISA mission concept is a first version of the eLISA mission that will be further defined in the coming years. LISA consists of three identical satellites flying in an equilateral triangle at a distance of 5 million kilometers apart. Each satellite has two optical modules at an angle of 60 degrees. ... Read More »

Sharp growth number of social security recipients


According to the most recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands, 390 thousand under-65s received social security benefits at the end of March, i.e. an increase by 11 thousand relative to the preceding quarter. The increase in social security recipients in the first quarter of 2013 is about the same as over the entire year 2012. Last year, the number of social security recipients grew by an average of 3 thousand per quarter. The increase in the number of social security recipients is connected to the number of unemployed, which has ris... Read More »

Rabobank: Bottom in sight for housing market


In February and March of this year, the prices of existing owner-occupied homes rose by 2.1 and 0.1% respectively compared to the preceding month. But those growth figures were not sufficient to offset the decrease seen in January (-2.9%). Averaged across the first quarter, the prices of existing owner-occupied properties (PBK Price Index of Existing Houses) fell 2.3% overall com­pared to the previous quarter. The start of the second quarter of 2013 has been less promising: prices declined by 1.4% in April compared to March. This makes for a 19... Read More »

KLM and Pegasus sign Code Share agreement


The agreement enables KLM to market under KLM flight numbers flights between Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen airport and Amsterdam, and flights between Izmir and Amsterdam, for connections to any of the 150 destinations on the KLM network. Also an interline agreement has been concluded, allowing passengers to travel on a single KLM ticket between any airport served by Pegasus in Turkey and any airport served by KLM. Mrs. Güliz Öztürk, Senior Vice President Commercial of Pegasus Airlines and Mr. Pieter Bootsma, Executive Vice President Marketing Re... Read More »

Fugro announces exchange ratio for 2012 stock dividend


Shareholders and holders of certificates of shares were able to choose between payment of the dividend entirely in cash or in (certificates of) shares. If no choice for cash was made on 28 May 2013 (at 3pm CET), the dividend will be paid in (certificates of) shares with any remaining fraction being settled in cash. The number of dividend rights that entitles to one new (certificate of a) share (the exchange ratio) has been set at 23. This exchange ratio is based on the volume weighted average price of the Fugro certificates of shares traded on... Read More »

Rise of the ‘Hybrid Consumer’ to polarise the food sector


Marc Kennis, Senior Analyst, Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory, commented: “The implications of this market trend are profound and touch on areas such as product offerings, distribution channels, marketing and brand management. Given the driving forces of hybrid consumption, i.e. women’s increasing role in household spending and the growing importance of Millennials (generations Y and Z), we believe that hybrid consumption is a long lasting phenomenon. Therefore food processors, food retailers and food service companies ali... Read More »

Songwon appoints Joachim Bayer as their new Global Business Manager for Specialty Antioxidants and New Products


Ulsan, Korea – May 31, 2013 – Songwon Industrial Group (, the second largest manufacturer of polymer stabilizers in the world, has appointed Joachim Bayer as their new Global Business Manager for Songwon Specialty Antioxidants & New Products as of the 1st of June 2013. Joachim will take responsibility for the entire specialty antioxidant product line to establish sustainable and profitable growth. At the same time he will be charged with developing the expansion of the specialty portfolio and the identification of new marke... Read More »

Henry Moore exhibition to celebrate opening of Rijksmuseum gardens


Highlights of the exhibition include Reclining Woman: Elbow 1981, which has not left the façade of the Leeds Art Gallery since its creation over 30 years ago; Large Two Forms 1966, with open monumental shapes that can be physically entered and provide shifting views of the gardens and architecture of the Rijksmuseum; and Large Reclining Figure 1984, a work Moore enlarged to over 9 meters from a 1938 Surrealist maquette only 33cm long. Of particular interest is Locking Piece 1963-64, in white fibreglass made by Moore to offer a variation to the ... Read More »

First stamps commemorating Dutch writers presented to Couperus Society in Couperus Museum


22 May 2013 at 16:15 CET - The Hague – Earlier today in the museum, Robin Boon, Corporate Communications director at PostNL, presented Petra Teunissen-Nijsse, president of the Couperus Society (Dutch: Couperus Genootschap) and Caroline de Westenholz, chairman of the foundation Louis Couperus Museum in The Hague, with the first stamps commemorating Dutch writers. The sheet comprises ten stamps bearing the portraits of five famous Dutch writers: Louis Couperus, Adriaan Roland Holst, Godfried Bomans, Simon Carmiggelt and Gerrit Kouwenaar. The stam... Read More »

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