Growers use many tools in their greenhouses, but most will probably never see how they are made. Aad Hendriks and Hani Mohammad from Growers BV, however, did not only see how their energy screens were made; they were allowed to start the knitting machines and thus the production of their screens themselves. “It is very interesting to see,” said Hendriks.
The growers and the installer walked through the production hall under the guidance of Johan van Erven, where the process was made transparent from production to stock. A lot of attention was paid to the knitting machines and the modifications that were made for Growers BV. “I love engineering,” says Hani Mohammad, “so this was really fun to see. You really have to consider everything when you make a screen cloth.” Finally, the men from Growers BV got to push the button themselves to start the knitting process of their own Co-Created Screens.
Growers BV consists of seventeen greenhouse horticulture companies, in addition to their own employment agency and various logistics & transport companies. There is diverse cultivation, spread across the various companies, from hot peppers to tomatoes, from cucumbers to capsicums. “We export our products to the United States, Mexico, and Russia, among other countries,” says Aad.
Growers BV will replace the current screen fabrics in a total of five greenhouses, more than 28 hectares, with Ridder’s energy-saving screens.
"Thanks to the Ridder Co-Created Screens concept, it was no problem at all to incorporate the wishes of Growers BV into the fabric. The knitting machine is adapted to the wishes of the grower,” says Ridder’s product specialist climate screens Johan van Erven. “In this case, it was about a special size. In consultation with growers and installers, we really do create a screen completely to the customer’s wishes.”