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Koat predicts: Robots will be the new standard in greenhouse activity!

It can be seen everywhere; robots are increasingly often introduced in greenhouses and pack houses, to:

– Raise productivity,

– To lower physical strain

– To respect fresh produce treatment better

– Above all: to lower production costs and raise efficiency.

With continuously increasing demands to the various processes in greenhouses and material handling, it is Koat’s vision that robotics will play a greater role in the future. Robots are extremely reliable, never have to stop for lunch, coffee breaks or sleep, are never ill and never complain about repetitive work. Robots will be the dominant manner of automation in horticultural applications, from harvesting to palletizing!

Koat is a renowned manufacturer of all transport, conveying and handling equipment for the greenhouse industry. With 25 years of experience, Koat has realized solutions for almost all thinkable challenges. It’s portfolio runs from harvest carts and AGV systems to conveying, weighing, packing and palletizing, specifically for careful handling of fresh produce, e.g. fruits and vegetables.

The early program naturally consisted predominantly of conventional (old school) automation, but in recent years, Koat has added robotics to her portfolio to live up the obvious trends and market needs. Koat has realized many projects with robots: e.g. palletizing various products at various positions, whereby multifunctional grippers will handle all forthcoming boxes and crates, pallets and even intermediate sheets.

Another application is one where the robot will depalletize boxes with apples, carefully depositing the apples onto an infeed conveyor towards a grader and subsequently repalletizing the empty boxes. Many solutions require flexibility, hence robotics often form an useful addition to handling challenges. Koat has a unique position in handling robotics for the horticultural industry in a very cost effective way. Should you have any such challenges in your handling, challenge Koat to see if a solution can be found.

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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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