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At the beginning of the year, the third ModulAIR platform took place at Sundrop Farms in South Australia. The platform was set up by Van der Hoeven to promote knowledge-sharing and to get the absolute most from the ModulAIR greenhouses. With the current number of participants standing at 26, the platform has grown considerably since its inception in 2016 with eight attendees. We interviewed one of the participants in the latest gathering in Australia: Phill Ritchie from Rijk Zwaan.

The United Arab Emirates are surely not the most likely location where you would expect to see a greenhouse! No longer true, the development of our intelligent and sustainable HACo system makes it possible to cultivate plants properly even in this difficult desert climate. 

The first large order for greenhouses with the patented HACo system comes from Japan. This horticultural project covers 128,269 m² and consists of three greenhouses where lettuce, tomatoes and peppers will be grown. 

In November 2015, we successfully completed the first phase of the project in Ekibastuz. In the meantime, the same customer has signed a contract within a year for an extension by another 5 hectares. During the design phase, it was agreed to set up the 2nd phase for vegetable cultivation, not for growing roses like phase 1.

Cycle racing is a favourite sport among Van der Hoeven employees. So we have had cycling kits made. These kits are now in use, and were worn already for a competition.

 

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