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Looking back at 2 years of Ridder Climate Screens

Ridder Climate Screens was set up about two years ago. The business was established at a time when screening trends were becoming more and more apparent: screening technology allows you to conserve more energy and let through more light when your crops need it most. We spoke to Mario Scherpenzeel, Business Unit Manager of Ridder Climate Screens.

Substantial investments
We find Mario Scherpenzeel in the large factory hall of Ridder Climate Screens where he is busy giving instructions to members of his team. Mario looks back at the past period: “We’ve taken a significant step forward over the past 2 years. Since 2015, we have been able to manufacture tailor-made parts for each project, in order to facilitate the installers. Mario continues: “Our premises in the Netherlands are equipped with extensive laboratory facilities, so we can test all our screens for stability and durability under various UV, humidity and temperature conditions. This allows us to truly guarantee the quality of our screens. We’re happy to show customers how the whole process works when they come to visit.”

In demand
Mario goes on: “Ridder Climate Screens is often contacted by growers. Although growers are the target group that actually use our screens, it’s the screen installation firms that are our direct customers. It’s good to talk to the grower or their crop advisor in order to decide on the right screen. Many factors play a role in this decision. But we also talk to growers and our screen installers about the current situation. A hot topic at the moment is using assimilation lighting during the dark period to reduce light emissions.”

Working for prominent names
“That our approach is valued in the market is clear from the interest in our screens and the many sizeable projects we’ve been involved in. For example, we’ve completed a number of substantial projects at plant nurseries. These included some prominent names in Dutch horticulture, such as Van der Lugt, Leo Ammerlaan and WPK. Dutch growers that have installed our screen are: AgroCare, Van Adrichem Leo Hoogweg, Van der Lans and Rainbow.

Moving slowly into foreign markets
Mario Scherpenzeel continues: “We’re well on our way to becoming an established screen supplier. Our customer focus, excellent quality and delivery from stock are some of the key benefits we have to offer. We also have some great plans lined up for the coming years. One of those plans is to expand now in the international markets. The Dutch installation firms are already taking our screens abroad. In this way, we supplied our screens to projects in Canada, Poland, England, France, Belgium and Spain. There is interest in other countries as well. But we’re committed to maintaining our way of doing business; every country will require a different approach. That’s why we plan to tread carefully into these new markets.”

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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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