Turkey is an important horticultural country and a gateway to surrounding countries. Therefore when the Turkish production site of Van der Knaap was in the way of a new to be constructed ring road, they decided to use the opportunity to move and upgrade the facilities. Since last October they are in full swing again.
In October, Van der Knaap's Turkish production site Antalya Substrat celebrated its grand reopening in the presence of customers, business partners, suppliers, staff and local government officials.
Dutch company Van der Knaap Group established a production company in Antalya, Turkey in 2012. "A few years ago, the Turkish government presented its plans to construct a new ring road, directly over our production facility", they tell us. "In the years that followed, a new production site was realised about 500 meters from where the previous location stood."
Antalya Substrat is unique in Turkey and focuses on the high-end, professional horticulture in Turkey. The company produces rooting media, such as paperpots, in various diameters and substrates that are tailored to the customer's wishes. They also supply Forteco growbags and coco products. In addition to sales in Turkey itself, Antalya Substrat also exports products to surrounding countries. The products that Antalya Substrate produces, are used in various sectors, such as vegetables and floriculture.
"We strive to help Turkish growers change their production strategy to achieve better cultivation results. By supplying ready-made and high-quality substrates, for instance. This benefits Turkish growers that previously prepared their own substrate mixtures", they say.
And that's exactly why the team with Akra Fidancılık is happy to have the company in their region. They are one of Antalya Substrat's customers and strive to achieve higher quality products and to make a difference by exporting their products.
Owner Kadir İltuş said: "Antalya Substrat is our business partner. A reliable company with experience that delivers high-quality products. The special substrate mixtures are prepared according to plant specifications and requirements that meet the needs of our plants in the best way all through their development. We are very happy to see them with their quality pre-sales and post-sales service. We would like to thank the Antalya Substrat team and wish them a long-lasting and successful cooperation."
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