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Find out about my professional career, side activities and sports interests

I am Ruud Heerkens, born in the city of Tilburg in 1976. I still live in Tilburg and work globally from Bergen op Zoom The Netherlands.

These pages collect and redirect to my personal interests and social activities in my daily life and that on the world wide web. See pictures and (small) movies of me traveling across the globe. Either traversing high Himalayan mountain ranges, penetrating deep into a South American jungle or crossing an African desert.

Follow internal links by clicking them in the text, or get redirected to pages of interest in a new screen. Using the section navigation on top of the pages to navigate across this website.


My daily bushiness is as an Senior plastic polymers processing technician with SABIC. Operational within Application Development for the Polymers business unit. With a strong focus on advanced injection moulding operations and material conversion techniques.

SABIC is a major worldwide producer of plastics, chemicals, agri-nutriënten, mettals and specialties. SABIC's plastics buisness has its main European office in Bergen Op Zoom.

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Desitinations

Traveling has always been a passion of mine!

Within my work I have been in the fortunate position to travel, which has opened my eagerness to people and experiencing different cultures. Werther on a trekking and climbing adventure or vehicular expedition around the globe, I will update the various sections to keep you informed.


'Travel is the only thing you buy, that makes you richer !'



'Its all part of the fun'



Expedition Truck

Self-reliant overland travel to (remote) destinations where the journey is the principal goal. Typically, it is accomplished with mechanised purpose-built expedition vehicles like my Steyr 12M18 or the MAN KAT trucks of my friends of the Holland Africa Tour.


Steyr 12M18

Steyr 12M18

Engine: liquid-cooled six cylinder, 4-stroke diesel engine
with direct injection and turbo-charging
Engine power: 130 kW (177 hp)
Drive: Permanent 4x4, center, rear
and front locking differentials
Design speed: 100 km / h
Range: ~700 km
Maximum load: 5150 kg
Total weight: 11500 kg
Facilities: Winch

Read more about my project in the Steyr 12M18 section


'It will not get any more robust than this !'



'One life, live it !'



'I became a Drone Dude'

As one of the most exciting uses of digital cinematography is aerial drone cinematography. Coupled with the current rise in inexpensive RC drones technology, digital cameras mounted with such devices provide a quick entry point into aerial drone cinematography. More clips on my Vimeo.



'Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away'

- Antoine de Saint-Exupery



Strenght + Flexibility = Unconventional Fitness

Unconventional, or functional fitness exercises train your muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home, at work or in sports. While using various muscles in the upper and lower body at the same time, functional fitness exercises also emphasize core stability.
It's exercises tend to be multijoint, multimuscle exercises. Instead of only moving isolated joints, a functional exercise might involve the complete functional body movement. This type of training, when properly applied, can make everyday activities easier, reduce your risk of injury and improve your quality of life.