Rebain International was founded in 1998 on the North Shore of Auckland. Rene van Baarderwijk who had immigrated to New Zealand from The Netherlands in the mid 90's had become disillusioned with the approach of the newly formed multinational chemical trading company that he had joined. Along with Andrew Lowe, Rebain International (NZ) Limited was founded on Bastille Day 1998.
The Early Years:
The early ethos of Rebain was to be proactive and to do what you say you are going to. Being proactive means sitting in front of customers and suppliers and in the early years in the office at Rebain there were many road trips around the New Zealand country side, getting out to the provinces and getting people to see Rebain as an alternative to the multinational and established chemical trading companies present in New Zealand. Early success in timber treatment products and adhesives led to the ability for Sue Baker and Jack Thompson to come on board to support Andrew and Rene so that they could do what they do best; find out what people need and deliver it.
Also in 2003 Rene needed to add some capacity in the Benelux region of Europe and being originally from the Rotterdam area it would be an obvious location. The establishment of Rebain International Netherlands in October 2003 gave Rene the opportunity to involve Monique Buchbot along with Jan van Baardewijk as senior advisor to develop a stronger export port for developing business in Central and Eastern Europe.