An international greenhouse and woven polyethylene (PE) cover company is looking to strengthen its market in Australia with the development of new and stronger products.
PIC Plast Ltd from Israel has been operating in Australia periodically for several years with customers mainly from the vegetable growing industry, but more recently blueberry, raspberry and blackberry growers have begun to use PIC Plast’s Solarig® tunnel covers.
"We are also excited about the potential of our new, strengthened the edges of SOLARIG® for covering crops like grapes, kiwifruit, cherries and apples," Sales and Marketing manager Mark Bunyard said. "I'd like to start promoting these in Australia and New Zealand. We have had good success in South America and in the grape growing regions of Europe. Furthermore, our factory has a capability to produce metal structures which allows us to manufacture greenhouse tunnels kits, net houses, A-Frames structures and crop protection.”
Photo: SOLARIG® on blueberries
The company, now Korean owned, has its operations based in Israel, with production and fabrication facilities in China, South Korea and more recently Vietnam.
"The company focus is to market woven polyethylene covers for agricultural crop protection," Mr Bunyard said. "We have various grades of our woven, PE, SOLARIG®, which can be used on greenhouses of all shapes and sizes. It can be used on the sides, on the ground covers, on growing tunnels, on A Frame covers - quite a wide variety of food protection. One of the outstanding features of SOLARIG® is its strength and tear-resistance. It withstands most hailstorms and offers really good protection in extreme weather.”
Photo: SOLARIG® A-Frame covers on raspberries
SOLARIG® is also easily fabricated (stitched, welded). So in the case of greenhouses, it’s often advantageous to stitch insect nets onto the sides or add a venting net into the apex of a tunnel cover. Repairs to cuts or damaged covers on greenhouses or tunnels can also be easily done by stitching these closed.
In terms of lighting properties, Mr Bunyard commented on the good light transmission (88%) and light diffusion (up to 60%) of SOLARIG®. Different grades (thicknesses), widths and roll lengths are available.
Photo: SOLARIG® rollup sides on insect net sides of greenhouse
Currently, PIC Plast ships products directly to clients in Australia, but ideally, the company is looking to work with a local business on an agency/distributor basis.