The Desmet Ballestra Group is the world leader in developing, engineering and supplying technologies, processing plants and proprietary equipment for the following business areas:

Food & Feed

  • Oils & Fats
  • Rosedowns Pressing
  • Stolz Animal Feed & Agro Food

Chemicals for Life

  • Oleochemicals & Biodiesel
  • Detergents, Surfactants & Chemicals
  • Mazzoni Soap

The Desmet Ballestra Group resulted from the merger of best-in-class companies in their field:

  • De Smet (Belgium), the world specialist in oilseed preparation & extraction and edible oil & fats refining and modification plants, housing also the headquarters of the Desmet Ballestra’s oleochemical & biodiesel activities that have met an outstanding success thanks to their reliability, versatility and performances
  • De Smet Rosedowns (UK), the world leader in the field of oil seeds pressing
  • Stolz (France), specialised in animal feed & agro food plants with a wide expertise in storage and handling equipment
  • Ballestra (Italy), the world leader in process plants for detergents, surfactants and chemical industries that over the last 15 years has become also a reputable player for Inorganic Chemicals and Fertilizers
  • Mazzoni LB (Italy), world leader in soap & glycerine processing plants

Group's key figures

Date of creation


Annual Turnover

500 M€



Number of projects managed

Over 25,000 plants/process sections

Research & Development Centers

Belgium, Italy, France, United Kingdom

Worldwide Reputation and Presence

21 Fully owned offices close to you