Continuous Turmoil in Asia: feedstock price settings and significant increase on sea freight rates


Continuous Turmoil in Asia: feedstock price settings and significant increase on sea freight rates


Dear valued customer,

With this message we would like to inform you that we are not only facing unusual times due to Covid-19, but also see that it will start to influence our business. We see that in some feedstock indicators, such as non-ferrous metals, but also on the polymer side, there is a strong increase due to market demand versus availability. One of the key factors is that there is a strong rebound effect of the business in Asia exceeding 2019 figures by average 6-7%.

The last couple of months we see very strong developments on (sea) freight notations due to a shortage on ship space and imbalance on equipment (containers). This has resulted to the strong increase at record breaking heights which has not been seen for least more than a decade.

In December, we were expecting the sea freight rates to ease by the end January when Asia would prepare for the seasoning celebration around Chinese New Year. However, we are continuously observing the sea freight market conditions and still there is an imbalance on equipment, failing synchronizing container demand versus availability. Supply chain system problems with ocean and/or feeder vessels are to be well connected, which results in delays in delivery programs.

Naturally, what you may expect from HEC-Holland is that we do our very best to make sure that the market demands cover your production requirements. Nevertheless, at this stage we cannot predict how this story will develop further. It will certainly be a dynamic half year at which we have to stay in contact with you on how we could assist you at our very best, at all aspects. At this moment we are unfortunately forced, due to the unusual unstable market conditions, to call for a “Freight Adjustment Surcharge” depending on the type of product. However, our aim is always to minimize the so-called damage.

For more information, we would request to directly contact your own account manager on how we are able to secure our joint business and what influence this might have on the commercial conditions. Of course, we try to minimize the extra cost, however, we must be realistic under the present circumstances which count for all parties.

HEC-Holland converting solutions


The HEC-Holland converting solutions

At our dedicated converting facilities, we produce and customize our customers’ tapes and yarns according to their specific needs. Our converting specialists have profound experience and knowledge of the cable industry. We fully understand your production requirements and your demands regarding process optimization..

Whether it concerns winding standard or specialty bobbins, mother rolls, pads or spools, HEC Holland offers converting services into any required size, with the very best all-round converting solutions of the cable industry.

At our facilities, fully automated machines take care of your order, using multiple, specific cutting and winding techniques. Supervised by our converting specialists, HEC-Holland offers flexibility and customer satisfaction, no matter how specific your request is.
In short, we take care of your order with fast, made-to-order converting services, such as:

  • Cutting, winding, twining
  • Labelling
  • Packaging
  • Shipping directly from our Dutch warehouse and delivery to you on the date you want.

We even offer completely integrated processing and packaging solutions, helping you to optimize your production process without unnecessary and costly interruptions. Our customers are served with the best converted materials in the industry, ready for your production.
 We make sure you will become one of our many happy customers!

Warehouse Goch

HEC-Holland – measurements COVID-19 – CUSTOMER MESSAGE

This summer, HEC Holland is expanding its sales power in Shanghai with the opening of new sales office.

Customers in China can now call our new local office:

HEC-Holland – China 

Shanghai Kerry Centre
29th floor – 1515 Nan Jing West Road
Jing An
Shanghai 200040 China

Phone   : 00 86 21 6103 7100
Fax        : 00 86 21 6103 7171

Shanghai office HEC Holland
HEC-Holland Shanghai

Alu-Pet foils range

Alu-Pet foil range HEC-Holland

We are pleased to inform you that we have successfully introduced a new product range on alu-pet foils which is mainly used for electrical shielding and/or chemical ~ mechanical barriers within primarily data, signal and special cable design constructions. 

The material can either be wounded on pads or on so-called monostep spools, labelled and packed according to your wishes and requirements.

In our standard product portfolio, we have the common alu-pet single- or double-sided combinations, however we are also capable to produce and deliver specialty versions.

Not only are we sure that we can introduce a technical and economical solution, but we are also able to give you our tailor made service for fast delivery, including local slitting and label/packaging possibilities, at our own production location at Goch, Germany – cross border at The Netherlands.

Please feel free to consult your account manager and  ask for our possibilities.

Alu-Pet foil range HEC-Holland
Alu-Pet foil range HEC-Holland

New distribution center

New distribution center HEC Holland Germany

As mentioned in our previous newsletter, HEC-Holland is continuously working to meet customers demands and requirements.

Besides the expansion of our converting/slitting capacity with 2 newly build production halls we also build 2 new warehouses to double our capacity to approximately 5.000 mt. 

Our new distribution center is built according to the latest standards and features, and both warehouses are scheduled to be ready by July this year. 

New distribution center HEC Holland

We as HEC-Holland are proud to have made this big step consolidating  all our services at one location. This will create higher speed and flexibility between order intakes and the delivery schedule.

In total we nowadays have 3 distribution centers all across Europe, namely in Goch, Germany (cross border Netherlands), Helsinki, Finland and Jonkoping region, Sweden.

Introducing Karin Dekker

Karin Dekker Hec Holland Sales Assistant 2

Let’s introduce myself

My name is Karin Dekker and I live with my family in a small town nearby Arnhem. After a career of more than 20 years at a large Dutch financial institute, I decided to take a career break and  I stayed a while at home taking care of my two sons. They are now both teenagers, which gave me the opportunity to start looking for a new business adventure, which I luckily found at HEC-Holland. My role within the HEC-Holland team is  “Sales Assistant”, were I take care of all operational follow up of commercialized businesses. Despite of this weird time with the Corona virus, I am confident that my roll will soon be more all-round.

HEC-Holland – status update – supply chain management – COVID-19 – CUSTOMER MESSAGE

Delivery Times & In Stock

Dear partner,

The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on public health and the economy is being felt in an increasing number of countries. Protecting the health and safety of our employees, customers and suppliers is and remains a top priority for HEC-Holland.


For situations like this, we use protocols and preventive measures in accordance with the guidelines prescribed by the health authorities in the Netherlands. Our aim is to continue to serve our customers and partners as well as possible and to ensure that activities for your organization can be optimally continued.

We are currently active in rotating shifts, both from home and office, in order to minimize risks. This setup enables us to continue to provide you with the best supply chain solutions for the delivery of all your goods.

Air freight

Developments in air freight are currently following each other rapidly and are therefore continuously subject to change. Many airlines have decided to limit and/or discontinue passenger flight schedules indefinitely. Discontinuation of these timetables has major consequences for capacity and pricing. Full cargo flights are still permitted.

We see that passenger flights with only cargo on board are becoming the new reality, which helps to compensate for lost capacity. The (Dutch) authorities have also decided to grant approval for the large number of canceled passenger flights (at Amsterdam Airport) to be given to freight companies virtually and without restrictions. This measure will certainly apply until June 6th of this year. This scheme should ensure that sufficient ad hoc capacity for cargo flights at the airport remains available.

Ocean Freight

While operations at terminals in China are gradually returning back to normal, terminals are still experiencing congestion as a result of past arrears. As demand for goods from China and other Asian countries is lagging, shipping companies are expected to keep dropping sailings until the end of March.

This also has consequences for shipping to and within (short sea) Europe. The canceled sailings from Asia have caused an imbalance in equipment, with a high demand for exports from Europe and a scarcity of imports (containers) from the Far East.

We will of course continue to monitor with our partners the situation closely and inform you immediately of any new developments.

We thank you for your cooperation and understanding in these difficult times.

Yours sincerely,

Eugène Lurkin

Managing Director


HEC-Holland – measurements COVID-19 – CUSTOMER MESSAGE

Dear valued partner,

Let me have your attention to the following information bulletin.

Please be advised that due to the COVID-19 situation HEC-HOLLAND has decided to take precaution measurements to safeguard/guarantee our services.

As per the yesterday’s official Governmental instruction we have changed as per immediate effect several policies and procedures.

The most important measurement is that we have decided to split our full team in separate teams who every other day work from home or office, or alternatively due to strategical importance completely from home.

During our work we are operating from separate rooms and no joint lunch and/or activities are being executed, the same will count for private affaires. Furthermore, will our offices being cleaned several times a day to minimize any infection risk.

Within this period there will be no changes in the team formation to guarantee the health conditions and possible cross contamination.

In case of any health issue the team member stays home and will visit the doctor / health authorities in order to be declared free of disease before getting into his/her team.

All travel schedules have been cancelled till further notice, and no external persons are allowed to visit our premises.

This measurements have for us as team some consequences however we need to make sure that we can guarantee our business activities.

The current restrictions are valid up until 3rd of April included and can be changed in case of need or as per our Governmental Instruction (RIVM).

If you have any questions pertaining the above information than please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

Kind regards,

Eugène Lurkin
Managing Director

XIAO BAO collaboration HEC-Holland

XIAO BAO collaboration HEC-Holland

New partnership for FRP’s

We are pleased to announce HEC-Holland has entered into a new partnership for FRP’s with the esteemed company Xiao Bao, who is a leading manufacturer of all kind of FRP and Rods.

Besides the standard and upjacket FRP versions, Xiao Bao also produces special FRP versions for anti-rodent protection and armouring FRP to replace (partly) galvanized steel wires which enables subsea power cable producers to enter a new era of cables laying at greater depths.


Besides above product ranges Xiao Bao also produces specialties such as Carbon Fiber Composite Cores as supporting element for overhead cables and high voltage insulation rods.

More information?

If there is more information on this article required, please get in contact with one of our account managers who will be more than happy to give you more details on our services and possibilities.

New Converting and Distribution Centre Goch

Converting and Distribution Centre Goch

Converting and Distribution Centre Goch

With great pleasure we announce that we have bought several converting lines to create tailor-made end products, which all become in operation within Q1-2020, besides our existing production capacity on PE and PP based tapes.

HEC-Holland keeps on increasing its capacities to satisfy its customer base to their wish to have excellent products, against attractive price settings delivered “just in time!”

2 newly built locations

In total we have extended our converting capacity with 2 newly built production locations where we separate the metal-based production from others in order to avoid cross contamination which could influence the properties within the end product.

Third on the way

The third newly built location will be our own warehouse where we are able to store all our own materials up to 4.500 metric ton* for the continental part of Europe, besides our 2 Nordic locations in Helsinki, Finland and Jonkoping region in Sweden.


Converting and Distribution Centre Goch

*Hanwha Chemical compounds are stored at a different locations

More information?

If there is more information on this article required, than please get in contact with one of our account managers who will be more than happy to give you more details on our services and possibilities.