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Beaulieu Technical Textiles introduces the first halogen-free, flame-retardant groundcover for greenhouses

Beaulieu Technical Textiles (BTT) is proud to announce its groundbreaking Agrolys® flame-retardant (FR) groundcover. It’s the world’s first woven halogen-free groundcover that is compliant with the Class 1 NTA 8825 norm for fire safety.

White groundcovers in greenhouses are highly light-reflective. As a result, they stimulate growth or coloration of fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers and plants. This increases crop yield and quality due to the additional diffuse light from the ground. As such, these reflective fabrics form an integral part of any greenhouse construction.

“Greenhouses are about more than just crop yield. That’s why we developed Agrolys to be both halogen-free and flame-retardant. The absence of halogens means Agrolys completely harmless to humans, and its flame-retardant properties help severely limit the spread of fire and smoke in case of an emergency,” explains Frederik Bouteca, General Manager of BTT.

Agrolys is the world’s first halogen-free FR woven groundcover that meets the flame-retardant standard set out in NTA 8825 Class 1. In addition, it is compliant with ENT13501-1 Class B S1 norms to contain smoke and it also meets the NFPA 701 National Fire Protection Standards.

“Agrolys takes a broad look at all kinds of environmental and health factors,” adds Mr. Bouteca. “Not only does it help grow crops, protect against fire and makes sure that greenhouse workers remain in good health, it is also 100% recyclable after its lifecycle ends.”

Agrolys WH FR is available in 100gr/m² and 130gr/m² varieties. It was designed and is currently produced at the Beaulieu Technical Textiles plant in Comines-Warneton, Belgium.

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Israel announces creation of global seed company

Two Israeli seed producers, Nirit Seeds and TomaTech, have joined forces to create Israel’s largest vegetable seed company. This synergy will enable unique seed breeding research and development that will accelerate the company’s growth in the international seed markets.

Upon completion of the merger, the company will have more than 80 employees worldwide, including molecular biologists, breeders, agronomists, and others.
The company will improve its breeding activities in Israel, Spain, Mexico and Italy, as well as significantly expand its representation in the Netherlands and North America, with a particular focus on growing vegetables in high-tech greenhouses.

Nirit Seeds is one of the most successful internationally traded tomato and pepper seed producers, investing in the development of revolutionary genetic technologies. TomaTech is one of the leading tomato seed companies in Israel, developing premium varieties, including those resistant to the dangerous Tomato Brown Ruffle Virus (ToBRFV).

The production of crop seeds is one of the most advanced and high-tech sectors in Israel. According to the Seed Department of the Federation of Israel Chambers of Commerce, seed exports currently generate $200 million in annual revenue. There are about 25 large and medium-sized companies in the local industry.

For reference. According to market research, the global vegetable seed industry is valued at $8 billion a year and is growing at a CAGR of 8%.

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Karachay-Cherkessia became one of the leaders in the production of greenhouse vegetables at the end of 2021


Greenhouse vegetable production in 2021 reached a record 1.4 million tonnes. According to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, the leaders among the regions in this segment are the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Lipetsk, Moscow, Kaluga, Volgograd, Novosibirsk, Saratov, Chelyabinsk regions, Krasnodar and Stavropol Territories, the Republics of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan. These regions account for more than 60% of the total production in the country. The intensive development of greenhouse projects in our country helps to provide Russians with fresh vegetables all year round. Last year, the harvest in winter greenhouses updated the 2020 record – more than 1.4 million tons of products were received. Including the production of cucumbers amounted to at least 830 thousand tons, and tomatoes – 590 thousand tons. It is expected that by 2025 the volume of vegetable production in year-round greenhouses will be at least 1.6 million tons of vegetables.


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December: Special Year Overview

In 2022, it will be 22 year since the new millennium started. Can’t believe it? Neither can we, but it is true. Before we go there, it is time to reflect on what has happened this year. Over the next couple of weeks, we will look back at 2021 and we will highlight the most important events that impacted the industry.

New greenhouses, events, even a few shows, technical novelties, and all other relevant news will pass by, offering you something other than Covid to talk about during Christmas and New Years’.


Wish your customers Happy Holidays
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