Sandvik Mining in Amsterdam
A major business unit of the Sandvik Group, Sandvik Mining is a leading global supplier of equipment, tools, service and technical solutions to the mining industry. “We chose Amsterdam for our headquarters because of its accessibility and the ease with which foreigners settle-in to life here. Of course, it also helps that people from all over the world enjoy living in Amsterdam“, says Timothy Buell, Vice President, Human Resources at Sandvik Mining.
When Sandvik Mining opened the doors of its new headquarters in the WTC in January 2012, it had some 10 employees. To assist employees moving to the Netherlands from abroad, the company uses the services of the Expatcenter which is conveniently located in the same building. Buell: “Although we engage the Expatcenter indirectly via a consultant, it’s worth a lot to us to have a single agency to help us with the paperwork involved in moving here from abroad.” In the near future, Timothy Buell hopes to hire more locals and allow the company to grow to about 30 employees.
Zuidas business district
Because everything a company could possibly need is right on your doorstep here in the Zuidas, the decision to locate the new HQ in this particular business district was easily made. Major suppliers and professional service providers with an international focus are all within arm’s reach. What’s more, Buell adds, “When I want to interview a candidate away from the office, there are numerous good restaurants close by to choose from. One of my favourites is Koetjes en Kalfjes on the Gustav Mahlerplein.” The Zuidas is home to almost 30 cafés and restaurants as well as two hotels. “We regularly have people visiting from all over the world, so it’s very practical to be able to put them up in a hotel that’s just around the corner from our office.”
This brings the conversation to the main reason Sandvik chose to settle in the Zuidas: its superb accessibility. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is less than a quarter of an hour by train from Sandvik’s offices. And you can be at the Museumplein and the historical city centre with its world-famous Canal Ring in just a few minutes.
After taking a moment to admire the view of the city from his office window, Buell says: “Before arriving here almost a year ago, I had lived in many places, in various parts of the world. But now when people ask me, I can honestly say: this is the best place I have ever lived.”