Science Behind Technology


Desmet Ballestra’s headquarters for the oleochemical, HVO & biodiesel activities are located in Brussels (Belgium). This is the product centre for the conception of high performance plants and components for:

  • Biodiesel & Methyl Esters processes;
  • Fatty acids processes;
  • Glycerine processes for sweet water, spent lyes and methylesters;
  • Fatty alcohol processes;
  • HVO, renewable diesel processes.

Since decades, Desmet Ballestra ventured into Oleo-chemicals and has an impressive track record...

Through various technology alliances, like with Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies for the fatty alcohols processes, combined with a strong product development: Desmet Ballestra became a major reference in this field.

Desmet Ballestra and its 21 affiliated companies, celebrating this year its 75thanniversary, have installed worldwide more than 350 oleochemical and biodiesel processes, plus more than 10 HVO pre-treatment plants in operation or under construction during the last 10 years.

Desmet Ballestra added value:

  • Proven process technology for high yields and low operating cost. Competitive sourcing of quality equipment using specialized workshops;
  • Quality control by experienced project management teams. Total in-house expertise for new projects, plant expansions or upgrades;
  • Possible sources of financing origination from countries where Desmet Ballestra companies operate;
  • Global coverage to meet any local requirements and conditions.


The Desmet Ballestra Oleochemicals, HVO + Biodiesel activities are managed by the Desmet Ballestra Oils + Fats, Oleochemicals, HVO + Biodiesel Division, Located in Brussels (Belgium)

Desmet Ballestra Oils + Fats, Oleochemicals, HVO + Biodiesel Division
Belgicastraat 3 - Bus 1-2
B - 1930 Zaventem - Belgium
Tel.: +32 2 716 11 11 • Fax: +32 2 716 11 09
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Philippe Bayet - Managing Director
Olivier Hanne - Global Sales Director
Tim Kemper - Global Operation Director
Marc Kellens - Global Technical Director
Jérôme de Bertoult – Finance Director 

Oils + Fats & Oleochemicals, HVO + Biodiesel Regional Business Units

Europe - Mediterranean - Africa - South America
Mr. Frederic Heymans, Managing Director

Mr. Anurag Bhatnagar, Chief Executive Officer 

Asia - China - Far East
Mr. Khoo Kiak Kern, Managing Director

North & Central America
Mr. Blake Hendrix, Managing Director

Engineering Support

Desmet Ballestra Engineering Center Pvt. Ltd., a Desmet Ballestra company, located in Bangalore, India, provides detail engineering and automation services to support the engineering for the Oils + Fats, Oleochemicals, HVO + Biodiesel activities.

Desmet Ballestra Engineering Center Pvt Ltd
Vaishnavi Meridian
No.12, Infantry Road,
Bengaluru – 560001 -India