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New Visser / Mayer transplanting power combo at Gartenbau Hörnes

Gartenbau Hörnes in Viersen, Germany is the very first horticultural grower to have their hands on the newest development within the world of Visser Transplanters; the Visser Multi Planter. This new transplanter is developed to plant directly on the carrousel of a Mayer 2400 potting machine. Equipped with 12 wireless grippers which can move independently from each other, it can achieve the maximum capacity while planting up to 4 plants per pot.

100% uptime
Equipped with 12 wirelessly controlled grippers, the Visser Multi Planter is extremely accurate and can plant up to 4 plants at a fixed position in a pot. Because the grippers have XY movement they can move independently from each other. This way both supply conveyors can be utilized to its full potential, so that all grippers are in motion 100% of the time. This means no more unproductive waiting time for incoming trays. Hans Hörnes: “When the first supply line is almost empty the right amount of grippers will take these last plants, while the other grippers already go to the second line. Because all grippers are in constant motion it simply works all the time at the highest capacity possible.”

Better gripping force, more flexibility
By using new technologies the Visser gripper has been improved with greater precision, higher speed and better gripping force. The wireless grippers are not restricted by cables or tubes, and can be replaced by using a quick switch system. Klaus Hörnes: “Because of the improved gripping force the gripper can pick up 100% of the plants without the need for a push-up unit. Even hard rooted plants can be transplanted with ease.”

By simply changing the program on the touchscreen, the gripping range will become wider to handle larger plug sizes. Easy adjustable side guiding on the supply conveyors helps to change tray sizes within a matter of seconds.

The Visser Multi Planter>is developed to perfectly match the Mayer 2400 potting machine. The TM 2400 is distinguished just as much by the broad range of pot sizes that can be used as by its peak speeds of up to 7,000 pots per hour. The Visser and Mayer combination can handle a large spectrum of plants and can achieve high capacities without any unnecessary waiting times.

Hans Hörnes; “What was great about this project was the cooperation together with Mayer and Visser. Visser really listened to our ideas and implemented all of our wishes into the transplanting line. This resulted into a versatile and accurate transplanting line which can do everything we need.”


Wide range of options
The Visser Multi Planter can be equipped with a different number of grippers, with a range from 6 up to 12 grippers. The transplanter can be built with several kinds of infeed and outfeed options. Customers of Visser have the option to choose between one or two supply chain conveyors. Versatility is increased even more as the transplanter can also be used for tray to tray transplanting.

This high-performing combination illustrates perfectly how the high-quality products of the two leading suppliers for automation technology complement one another.

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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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