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New record-breaking transplanter for Visser Horti Systems at Kwekerij Wouters

Visser Horti Systems takes the next technological step in transplanting; 48 wireless grippers which provide unprecedented speed and a user friendly design on all levels. The high flexibility provides growers with a machine which can produce almost any kind of concept required by retailers.

Kwekerij Wouters, a well-known grower in the Netherlands with over 40 hectares of greenhouses, recently installed the newest Visser transplanting system.

By combining technological innovations with incorporated ideas from kwekerij Wouters about easy change overs, Visser is able to take the next step in the world of transplanting. The new transplanter has unprecedented speed because of the wireless+ grippers, high versatility with up to 6 color combinations in a pot and great flexibility by enabling to change parts without the need for any tools. This makes it the most user friendly high capacity transplanting line in the world. Watch what Frido Wouters has to say about their newest high tech upgrade!

In a matter of seconds
By using new technologies the Visser gripper has been improved with greater precision, higher speed, better gripping force and more durability. This new gripper will set a new industry standard. By using Wireless+ technology Wouters will not be restricted by cables or tubes and can replace the plant grippers in a matter of seconds. The servo controlled Wireless+ grippers can move independently up and down, which provides ultimate flexibility for transplanting different combinations and achieving high capacities. Because of the Wireless+ technology, maintenance costs are reduced due to the lower number of moving parts.

The Pic-O-Mat GR-2700 has impressive speed, flexibility and ease of use. 48 individually controlled grippers move with high speed and accuracy, up to 41.000 plants per hour. With the increased accuracy the plants shows zero signs of contact after transplanting. This precision is one of the reasons why nursery Wouters chose for Visser Horti Systems.

Up to 6 different plants in a pot
The newest transplanter uses an innovative multi-color system to place up to 6 different plants in a pot at high speed. It’s possible to store up to 100 plant color combinations by using the Siemens touch screen. This enables you to switch products with just one touch. With the new multi-color system different colors light indicate where to put which plant, so the employees know exactly where to put the right trays. This assures the different plants are always placed at a fixed position in the pot.

Easy conversion to different pots sizes
Visser and Wouters co-created a highly efficient carrier for the pots. Because Wouters runs pot sizes ranging from 12 cm to 27 cm, special pot carriers and de-stackers were developed to make a smooth and easy conversion to different pot sizes and plant types. Many modern machines still need micro adjustments while changing pot sizes but that is no longer required. Because the different pot carriers all have the same width, the machines itself stays the same. The preinstalled settings makes finetuning redundant and the machine is ready to go at high speed after just changing the de-stacker and pot carriers.

About plant nursery Wouters
Wouters has been using Visser equipment with great success since the previous generation of the Wouters family has founded the nursery. Again it is proved, that sharing knowledge creates the best ideas. With good communication and collaboration between the two companies Wouters can look back at a successful project, with one of the most impressive transplanting lines in the history of Visser Horti systems.

The complete line consists of a pot de-stacker, Versa Filler, drilling unit, Pic-O-Mat GR2700 Transplanter and an automated trolley loader. Watch the video below to hear everything about the transplanting line from Frido Wouters himself.

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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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