France was the first step in the international development of Katoen Natie, with a first plant opened for a Petrochemical company in the East of France, Lorraine, in 1995.

Nowadays, Katoen Natie is active in the three most important Petrochemical areas for the French Plastics production: Le Havre, Berre l’Etang and Carling-Sarralbe.

After the initial set-up, the sites of Le Havre and Lyon were developed to accommodate a more industrial activity, and particularly related to automotive industries present in the sector.
More recently, Katoen Natie took advantage of its presence close to the two major maritime entries of the country, Le Havre and Marseilles-Fos, for the development of its sites towards an activity of Consumer Goods related to import and/or export flows for some well-known companies of the French, European and also international distribution in the textile, do-it-yourself and the leisure fields. 
Katoen Natie France is also a major player in Port Operations, with the port handlings on an Inland Terminal on the Seine River near Rouen Port, and thus offering intermodal solutions to its customers.

Katoen Natie locations in France: