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Steenks Service launches new tomato hook winding machine

After working hard behind the scenes for about 18 months, Steenks Service has announced that it has a new hook winder. This machine is now available at Steenks Service. Paul Vijverberg, Sander Zuidgeest and Wouter Steenks of Steenks Service have been involved in the development of this new machine from the beginning to the end. We spoke with Wouter Steenks about the development of the new tomato hook winder.

What prompted this development?
“We had had the previous model for many years and in view of the current electrotechnical developments we wanted to implement innovations. Our goal has always been to keep machines as simple and user-friendly as possible. ”

What exactly is different compared to the previous model?
“An important change that we have made is that the control of the free fall system has been completely renewed. There is also different type of engine in this machine. With the help of this new system and this new engine, the twine length and winding speed can be easily adjusted. The operation consisting of push buttons has also gone to a touchscreen model. The machine is suitable for both 18 and 22 cm hooks and will be delivered in a wooden transport box. Finally, the renewed model consists of stainless steel, while the previous model consisted of powder-coated steel. ”

How did the development go?
“The development went quite smoothly. Ultimately, two new prototypes were made. Ultimately, this is the 3rd and last model that has now become the end product. ”

More information about Steenks Service’s new hook winder?
For more information, you can contact Steenks Service on or visit the website Steenks Service can be reached by telephone on +31 (0) 174 510 266.

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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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