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Ridder appoints Niels Lünnemann as new Managing Director of Climate Screens

Ridder has appointed Niels Lünnemann as Managing Director of Climate Screens. With the appointment of Niels, Ridder is initiating the next step in its growth strategy, which, in addition to climate screens, also develops and manufactures drive systems, climate computers, water treatment systems and labour tracking systems in the horticulture and intensive livestock farming markets.

Niels Lünnemann has worked at Ridder’s business unit Climate Screens since 2017. In the first few years of his employment, he fulfilled the role of Operational Director. He was responsible for setting up the local production of screen fabrics in the Netherlands and oversaw the development of an extensive portfolio of climate screen solutions. As from January 1st, 2021, Niels Lünnemann has officially been appointed as the new Managing Director of Climate Screens at Ridder.

Jeroen Meier, COO Ridder: “Niels Lünnemann has proven to be the right person to manage our Climate Screens business unit on a daily basis. After the sudden death of Mario Scherpenzeel, Niels guided the team through a difficult period and professionally shaped the course that was set under Mario’s leadership. Thanks to Niels, the local production of screen fabrics in the Netherlands has been taken to a higher level, an important focus has been placed on innovation and a strong international turnover growth has been achieved.”

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Niels Lünnemann: “Since my employment, I have come to know Ridder as a hands-on and no-nonsense company with an unprecedented ambition to support greenhouse builders and screen installers as partners. Customer focus, reliability and commitment always come first. I am extremely proud that in the short time we’ve been operating, we’ve managed to develop an extensive portfolio of screen solutions, which we provide to customers with the right advice for optimal cultivation. And that we have set up our screen production in the Netherlands: an absolute milestone! I am really looking forward, in my role as Managing Director of the business unit Climate Screens, to lead a team that is committed to greenhouse builders and screen installers. ”

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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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