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Our History

Founded in 1936 by Mr. Jan van Woerkom, Sustained by Generations of Van Woerkoms

RPMOur history

About RPM’s history

RPM (originally known by the name Industriële onderneming) was established in 1936 by Mr. Jan van Woerkom and based in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Europe’s biggest port.

Mr. Jan van Woerkom ran operations and was at the helm of affairs until Mr. Fredric van Woerkom (2nd generation of van Woerkom) joined the business. In 1965, the business expanded beyond the port of Rotterdam and extended beyond Netherlands to other countries. New business locations opened up in USA, South America and Africa.

The 3rd generation of Woerkoms joined business in 1998 and 2000 and the business has continuously expanded operations and locations. An online store has now opened up in China and soon, the 4th generation of Van Woerkom will join in the building our heritage at RPM.

1936 – Industriële Onderneming was founded in Rotterdam in July 1936
1940 – War, but remained active on certain level
1950 – Introduction of the brand Hetties (a cough drop)
1960 – Start of trading French wines
1965 – 2nd generation joins the company
1980 – Opening office South America (Chili)
1984 – Name change to Rotterdamsche Producten Mij BV
1985 – Focus in new economies in Asia, mainly Japan and China.
1989 – Opening new office in Rotterdam
1990 – Opening Miami office
1993 – Purchase of the brand Plymouth Gin of Beefeater
1994 – Takeover Beautilink Duty Free Supply BV
1998 – 3rd generation joins the company
2000 – partly sale of Plymouth Gin to Vin & Spirit (owner of Absolut vodka and many more)
2006 – Participation in cigarette production in USA
2007 – Final sale of Plymouth Gin
2009 – Start of online sales in China
2011 – participation of Ruffians barbers and costmetics
2013 – name change of Beautilink DFS BV to FLEM Global Trading BV
2016 – Celebrating 80 years

As you can see, our business does not only covers trading. If we find good partners, we join, invest and build business together.

Celebrating 80+ Years of Greatness

From our small beginnings in Rotterdam in the 1936 as Industriële onderneming, we have carefully preserved our heritage, expanded our brand and built a legacy from one generation of Van Woerkom to the next.


Who We Are

We are a Dutch trading company, located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. We trade branded goods worldwide.

What We Do

We trade cigarettes, liquors, medical disposables and offshore related products worldwide by sea, land or air transport.

What We Think

We believe core values and long term relationships are the main reason we are active in this business for over 80 years. Only reputation is our core value of our company.

Meet us at Tradeshows

We visit the following trade shows every year:

  • TFWA Cannes
  • TFWA Singapore
  • IAADFS Orlando
  • Medica, Düsseldorf
  • Expopharm, Düsseldorf
  • Arab Health, Dubai


  • Flawless Reputation
  • 80 years experience
  • Shipping solutions
  • Financial strength
  • Reliability
  • Strategic Location
  • Competitive pricing
  • Flexibility









LENNART VAN WOERKOM, located in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Two brothers of the 3rd generation are running the business from 2 locations.

MARTIJN VAN WOERKOM, located in Fort Lauderdale, USA

Two brothers of the 3rd generation are running the business from 2 locations.