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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 & Greenfuel

  • Oilseeds, Oils & Fats
  • Oleochemicals, HVO & Biodiesel
  • Rosedowns Pressing
  • Stolz Animal Feed & Agro Food

Chemicals for Life

  • Detergents, Surfactants & Chemicals
  • Mazzoni LB Soap

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

  • De Smet (Belgium), founded in 1946, 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
  • Rosedowns (UK), the world leader in the field of oil seeds pressing, acquired in 1988
  • Ballestra (Italy), the world leader in process plants for detergents and surfactants industries since its establishment. Since the 90’s has become a reputable and well-known player within the inorganic chemicals (including sulphuric acid and phosphoric acid production plants) and fertilizers industry. Ballestra merged into Desmet in 2007
  • Stolz (France), specialised in animal feed & agro food plants with a wide expertise in storage and handling equipment. Joined the Group in 2007.
  • Mazzoni LB (Italy), world leader in soap & glycerine processing plants and finishing lines. Joined the Group in 2017.

Group's key figures (2017)

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