The start of the year in Europe means exhibition time for horticultural suppliers. Kicking off with IPM, followed by Fruit Logistica and completed with the HortiContact in Gorinchem. The exhibition originated as an event in what mainly Dutch growers and suppliers could meet up, but has grown out to a more broad horticultural exhibition. Here's a short update from the first day.
On the right Martin van Zeijl, but we've photographed him a million times over the last years. On the left though is Piet Bom, founder of Bom Group. Many innovations by Piet Bom & Bom Group have set the benchmark in the industry. Being 81 years old nowadays he is no longer active in the company, but Piet remains an entrepreneur. Nowadays he focuses on novelties in the golf industry and keeps on travelling the world.
Mateusz Maryniaczyk & Karol Korzeniewski of MyHooks & F.P.H.U. Maryniaczyk. The company is currently expanding its enterprises to answer a growing demand in both their hooks as well as the trolleys.
The trade fair, formerly known as the TuinbouwRelatiedagen Gorinchem, is the most important trade fair for Dutch greenhouse horticulture and every year the Evenementenhal is packed. In recent years, the number of foreign exhibitors has increased steadily and also this year there are newcomers. For example, US LED supplier Fluence Bioengineering is participating in Gorinchem for the first time. Also the Finnish team of Novarbo travelled to Gorinchem.
Where last year water treatment was high on the agenda, this year (LED) lighting is expected to be an important topic. With the shifts and increasing competition in the sector, there is also quite a lot happening. Furthermore, parties engaged in employment will have enough to discuss, as the availability of workers in horticulture also is an important subject this year.
Marieke Delisse and Berrie Schuurman with WDP Draadbewerking, showing the new horizontal clip for attaching glue strips, combatting Tuta Absoluta
Ed Roeleveld and Geert-Willem van Weert with VitoTherm see the demand for gas burners rising. "Whereas in the Netherlands the use of gas might decline, the world is actually switching to gas."
The Horticontact itself published this innovation list and we are doing our best to photograph them all. And not only that – we will also try to photograph the other 400 stands participating. We are at stand G112 ready with the Greenhouse Guide (and the Dutch equivalent, the Handboek Tuinbouw Kasgroenten) and of course a cup of coffee; pop by for a chat!