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Five years of screens at Ridder

Five years ago, Ridder added screen fabrics to its product portfolio in response to clear indications from the company’s existing customer that they needed an additional supplier of screens.

Thanks to the work done by Mario Scherpenzeel (who passed away on 20 July 2019), Ridder started to develop an extensive portfolio and entered the screen market. Mario laid the foundation for reliable, professional knowledge about screen fabrics within Ridder. Without that knowledge, Ridder would not have been able to achieve everything that it has. Johan van Erven, Ridder’s Commercial Product Specialist: “Five years ago, our product portfolio still had many gaps, although we did have a number of great products to enter the market with.”

Ridder started out with twelve screen fabrics in three different sizes, all of which were available from stock. Today, we have a total of seventeen fabric types available from stock. The complete range includes more than thirty variants, including screen fabrics that are manufactured entirely within the Netherlands.

In addition to our existing screen fabrics, last year Ridder began to offer ‘co-creation’ for screen fabrics. Niels Lünnemann, Operational Director: “We sit down with our customers to find out exactly what they need. Then we develop a variant based on our existing fabrics, so that we can meet their exact requirements.”

In addition to the introduction of new and co-created fabrics, Ridder is constantly seeking to optimize its current range of fabrics. “For example, we’re looking into how we can achieve better energy savings with our energy-saving screens,” explains Niels. “But we always keep an eye on cost-effectiveness, too. ”

Ridder has now delivered more than 4,000 hectares of screen fabric to its customers. Last year, Ridder passed a special milestone when it delivered 1,500 hectares in the Netherlands alone. Ridder’s production centre in

Maasdijk now has four knitting machines. Although Ridder does not intend to produce all its screen fabric in the Netherlands, the Maasdijk centre does make the company less dependent on partners in Asia. Now, customers and growers can come and see their screen fabric being produced. Ridder wants to make a real impact on the market in the next five years. “Making things easier for the customer is our priority,” says Niels.

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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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