Flextech was established in 2017, focusing on the field of horticultural lighting. "We are headquartered in Xiamen, Fujian Province, China. We mainly provide professional horticultural lighting services to the European, Middle East, and Australian markets. We also have a small amount of business in China," said Amber, Operations Director of Flextech.
"Vertical farms have great potential in the Middle East, and Europe is more focused on greenhouse construction. We have an office in Europe, and we have a lot of partners in Europe. We have distributors in the UK and Saudi Arabia. These distributors are also vertical farm builders who are very familiar with the field. Agricultural production needs to be adapted to local conditions, and vertical farms are not suitable for southern Europe, where there is plenty of sunshine; but countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom can benefit from vertical farms."
"The biggest problem with vertical farms is that young people or new practitioners lack knowledge about farming/horticulture. When they enter the vertical farming industry, these traditional farmers are still running their farms in the traditional way. Sometimes some companies don't know exactly what they're doing and are therefore vulnerable to huge losses. In addition to building farms and investing in corresponding equipment, investment in people is also crucial, requiring systematic knowledge. This is also a very important thing for investors to pay attention to. "
"Our customers are relatively mature now and have a better understanding of the planting system, so it is relatively easy to communicate. We will provide different light formulas according to different crops. Compared with overseas established manufacturers, we have a great cost advantage. Also, thanks to the good reputation we have accumulated in the industry, our customer group is also growing steadily. Flextech has invested a lot in research and development, continuously improving and optimizing products, and strives to provide high-quality and efficient light formulation solutions to help customers save costs."
"We've noticed a lot of new vertical farms have been built in the Middle East, and strawberries and leafy greens are the main products. Many growers are trying to grow strawberries, but almost no one is growing tomatoes. We've only seen one grower trying to grow large tomatoes in vertical farms so far. At the same time, it can also be seen that interest in industrial hemp is increasing, especially in North America and Europe. Herbs are also very popular due to their short growth cycle and high profits. "