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Insight into all service and maintenance of technical installations

bQurius chooses Royal Brinkman’s Service Engine to coordinate and manage all maintenance at twelve nurseries of five tomato growers, including Schenkeveld Tomatoes, Greenvalley, and Van der Voort. Richard Schenkeveld: “Due to growth, we were looking for a modern system to monitor maintenance activities. We found it in the Service Engine.”

Nick van Balen (bQurius), Richard Schenkeveld (Schenkeveld Tomaten) and Jordi Jeelof (Royal Brinkman).

Recently, all twelve tomato farms (110 hectares in total) have been set up to use the Service Engine and 63 employees are connected to this Service Engine tool via bQurius. All nurseries are customer-specific because every nursery is different; different equipment, machines, greenhouse departments, and working methods. Timely maintenance of machines and technical installations results in a longer life span of the equipment, which in turn guarantees operational reliability.

The Service Engine supports the grower via a digital tool on a desktop or app with (preventive) maintenance, repairs and breakdowns of machines and technical installations. Tomato grower Richard Schenkeveld: “Our previous system for service and maintenance tasks was no longer adequate. We could only create tasks and check them off, but with the increase in the number of machines and staff, we were yearning for more insight and overview. We were tipped off about the Service Engine and that is how the ball started rolling”.

The five tomato growers have chosen to place their service & maintenance in the hands of consultancy firm bQurius. Nick van Balen, Head of Technical Services at bQurius: “Together with the grower and the end-users (the mechanics), the ideal set-up of the Service Engine is realized. At bQurius own initiative is stimulated and the environment in the Service Engine is designed for that. Even the Head of Purchasing uses it to order technical parts, for example, and everything can be found back in history, which is ideal.

Extensive overview on desktop and app
All machine brands can be added to the Service Engine and data entered will never be lost. The tool builds up a history of the machines. Previous reports and failures can be retrieved in a clear manner, which is also useful at the time of inspections and tests. The Service Engine is ideal for file creation, as various items can be added, such as photos, files or even complete e-mails. The dashboard on the desktop version may be a little more convenient than on a mobile phone, but the grower does not have to make a choice. The data can be consulted on both devices.

Improvement and further development
Together with the customer, Royal Brinkman aims for the best possible set-up of the Service Engine. Jordi Jeelof, Digital Tools Specialist: “We keep in close contact with the users of the Service Engine and regularly ask for feedback so that the tool can be continuously optimized. This may involve small adjustments that are easy to implement, but if necessary, Royal Brinkman dives deeper into the matter and tackles it together with the developer. “At the end of the day, improvement for the customer is key.”

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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
This special also offers an opportunity to put your company in the spotlight with a banner in this special box. This banner can be booked until December 24 on our newsletters. For more information, feel free to send an email to: 

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