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Four years of PB tec with Sam: “The more complex the projects, the better”

Sam van der Knaap started working at PB tec four years ago. After a technical education and a first job with a grower in the United States, he chose a job in line with his education. At the age of 23 he came on board at PB tec, ready to get to know the technical profession in practice. After a period of four years, he looks back.

Great puzzle
Starting with the projects that Sam talks about almost bouncing with enthusiasm. “The more complex the better,” says Sam. “I have been able to work on a number of medicinal cannabis projects. This involves so much technology that it is quite a puzzle to put the right products together. It is so cool, when it succeeds. ”

Sam’s work is not limited to the Netherlands. Because the clients and partners are spread all over the world, he has traveled abroad several times in four years. He does not remember exactly how often, but the trips to countries such as Canada, United States, Romania, Denmark, Italy and Australia are reviewed. “The trip to Australia was very special. Here I was able to coach my colleagues at Powerplants for two weeks in calculating a water installation. I also learned a lot from being there. ”

‘Proving myself’
Working at PB tec has brought Sam an awful lot, he continues. “I came here fairly young, but soon had the opportunity to prove myself. Because you are given a lot of freedom here, you get the chance to take up projects on your own initiative. This means you get the space to help PB tec grow with your ideas. We saw a certain need and opportunity in the market and then decided to develop an innovative system ourselves.”

As a Sales Engineer, Sam is part of sales and calculation. This means that he thinks about what kind of products are needed and he calculates the price. “A challenging job that often involves large assignments. It is therefore important that I make the correct assessments. That responsibility gives me a kick and makes this work a real challenge. ”

Colouring outside the lines
In addition to his current work, Sam likes to colour outside the lines a bit. “Opportunities are everywhere. Not only within the framework of my job. Fortunately, I get the space to explore all my ideas. For example, we have started a works council to advise management from within the company. That has nothing to do with my position, but it really complements the organization. ”

Sam looks back on the past four years with great pleasure. “Partly thanks to colleagues such as Cees Overgaauw, I have now completely mastered the tricks of the trade. There is no shortage of teachers at PB tec.”

After four years, Sam is ready for the next step in his career. “I gratefully take everything I learned at PB tec with me. Thanks to the fertile soil of PB tec, I have been able to make a nice growth spurt. ”

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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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