The 37th edition of the IPM Essen started yesterday. It could have been the snow, it could have been the traffic, but it was a bit of a slow start in terms of visitors. Today the aisles are more crowded. "But the quality of visitors was better yesterday", an exhibitor laughed, summarizing the ongoing exhibition discussion.
Walking the IPM shows plastic-free is a vivid topic. Various suppliers show solutions targeting both growers, retail and even consumers. Also many floral growers show what they can offer in the non-plastic range, suggesting this is one of the new topics to grow big over the next years.
In the technical halls there's many light suppliers to be found. Expanding their range, including new products and showing new research results - you can go all-out in Essen this week.
We are currently running around the exhibition floor trying to photograph everybody. Besides that, we also have a booth where you can pick up your free HortiDaily/FloralDaily Greenhouse Guide in the Foyer Grugahalle stand C19. Feel free to drop by!
Da Ros presented a completely electronic sowing line. "More precise in filling and in sowing."
Jens Schafer & Gisela Rauwen with FVG Professional Gardening notice how the interest for greenhouse foil is on the rise.
Brian Schmidth with Ellepot showing various retail concepts without plastic - with either paper or paper products providing an alternative.
That's business on the exhibition floor! Kick Jansen with Luiten Greenhouses signs the deal with Vebjørn Sørby from Vestfossen, Norway. They are to supply the next expansion with an energy screen and assuring everything is set for the blackout screens.