GPEC 2016, Tokyo, Japan

The GPEC is held every two years at the BIg Sight Exhibition Centre in Tokyo, Japan. This year, the show increased twice in size, covering two halls of the convention centre.
The GPEC is held every two years at the BIg Sight Exhibition Centre in Tokyo, Japan. This year, the show increased twice in size, covering two halls of the convention centre.
Hydroponic strawberry system with integrated LEDs from GrowWall System at the both of OPCOM Inc.
Hydroponic strawberry system with integrated LEDs from GrowWall System at the both of OPCOM Inc.
Hydroponic home gardening set up from GrowWall.
Hydroponic home gardening set up from GrowWall.
Cindy Heijdra and Chitose Hatakoshi of the Agricultural Department of the Dutch Embassy in Tokyo.
Cindy Heijdra and Chitose Hatakoshi of the Agricultural Department of the Dutch Embassy in Tokyo.
Bas van der Velden of Veldex at the booth of his Japanese partner HOAGS.
Bas van der Velden of Veldex at the booth of his Japanese partner HOAGS.
This Japanese grower was surprised to see such large blocky peppers.
This Japanese grower was surprised to see such large blocky peppers.
The team of Tokai Trading.
The team of Tokai Trading.
The 'Gusto Italia' team from Japenese breeder Tokita Seed.
The 'Gusto Italia' team from Japenese breeder Tokita Seed.
Richard Hagedoorn and Vincent van der Wilk of Royal Brinkman, doing more and more business in Japan via their partner Tomita.
Richard Hagedoorn and Vincent van der Wilk of Royal Brinkman, doing more and more business in Japan via their partner Tomita.
Daisuke Suda of Kobelco Kobe Steel Group / Matsubo ; The Japanese representative of Dutch greenhouse builder Ammerlaan Construction.
Daisuke Suda of Kobelco Kobe Steel Group / Matsubo ; The Japanese representative of Dutch greenhouse builder Ammerlaan Construction.
Sezin Tezcan and Mehmet Yula promoting the shading agents of Turkish manufacturer Dogal.
Sezin Tezcan and Mehmet Yula promoting the shading agents of Turkish manufacturer Dogal.
Yuko Saito of the Agricultural Department of the Dutch Embassy in Tokyo.
Yuko Saito of the Agricultural Department of the Dutch Embassy in Tokyo.
About 10 companies represented the Dutch innovative technology at a Holland pavilion.
About 10 companies represented the Dutch innovative technology at a Holland pavilion.
Marco de Bruijne of VB Climate at the booth of Tomita Technologies.
Marco de Bruijne of VB Climate at the booth of Tomita Technologies.
Greenway Systems has developed the Nikuni: a small remote controlled and programable gutter channel / roof gutter cleaner.
Greenway Systems has developed the Nikuni: a small remote controlled and programable gutter channel / roof gutter cleaner.
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The Japanese team of Philips Horticulture LED Solutions; offering more advanced and dedicated LED solutions to the growing Japanese market.
The Japanese team of Philips Horticulture LED Solutions; offering more advanced and dedicated LED solutions to the growing Japanese market.
Panasonic is one of the many large Japanese enterprises that enter the horticulture and plant factory industry.
Panasonic is one of the many large Japanese enterprises that enter the horticulture and plant factory industry.
Seminar on LED light recipes at the booth of Panasonic.
Seminar on LED light recipes at the booth of Panasonic.
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Panasonic’s approach; vertical farming with stackable styrofoam trays.
Panasonic’s approach; vertical farming with stackable styrofoam trays.
Marcel Schulte of Holland Gaas together with Japanese agricultural journalist and consultant Mariko Kihira.
Marcel Schulte of Holland Gaas together with Japanese agricultural journalist and consultant Mariko Kihira.
Japanese grower and processed produce giant Kagome was showing its range of processed tomato and fresh market tomatoes. The grower is now also offering hobby substrates and young plants for enthousiast Japanese home gardeners.
Japanese grower and processed produce giant Kagome was showing its range of processed tomato and fresh market tomatoes. The grower is now also offering hobby substrates and young plants for enthousiast Japanese home gardeners.
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Kagome advertises a ‘High Lycopene’ content on its tomatoes.
Kagome advertises a ‘High Lycopene’ content on its tomatoes.
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Kagome advertises a ‘High Lycopene’ content on its tomatoes.
Kagome advertises a ‘High Lycopene’ content on its tomatoes.
Range of Kagome leafy greens.
Range of Kagome leafy greens.
Kagome is the leading Japanese grower in the specialty tomato category .
Kagome is the leading Japanese grower in the specialty tomato category .
Many well attended speaker sessions were part of the Agri Business Japan sessions.
Many well attended speaker sessions were part of the Agri Business Japan sessions.
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Japanese greenhouse supply company SATO took advantage of the recent Pokemon Go hupe with this image of a Pokemon inspired cucumber grower :-). Gotta pick ‘em all!
Japanese greenhouse supply company SATO took advantage of the recent Pokemon Go hupe with this image of a Pokemon inspired cucumber grower :-). Gotta pick ‘em all!
Spread over three days, visitors could attend several interesting seminar sessions at the booth of SEIWA.
Spread over three days, visitors could attend several interesting seminar sessions at the booth of SEIWA.
Dennis Steentjes, Hidefumi Aso and Arco van der Hout of Delpy Japan.
Dennis Steentjes, Hidefumi Aso and Arco van der Hout of Delpy Japan.
Japanese breeder Kaneko had a large booth to diplay its varieties, some of them even still on the crop.
Japanese breeder Kaneko had a large booth to diplay its varieties, some of them even still on the crop.
The team from Tomita Technologies, including their partners Dres Pauwe, VB Climate and Priva Asia.
The team from Tomita Technologies, including their partners Dres Pauwe, VB Climate and Priva Asia.
Tomita Technologies held a special dinner for its employees and its partners Holland Gaas, Royal Brinkmann, Dres Pauwe, Priva Asia and VB Climate
Tomita Technologies held a special dinner for its employees and its partners Holland Gaas, Royal Brinkmann, Dres Pauwe, Priva Asia and VB Climate
High wire crops catching the attention at GPEC.
High wire crops catching the attention at GPEC.
BlockFARM is a container farm system developed by Ryoden.
BlockFARM is a container farm system developed by Ryoden.
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Marc Vijverberg of Dutch greenhouse builder Certhon in conversation with a visitor.
Marc Vijverberg of Dutch greenhouse builder Certhon in conversation with a visitor.
BlockFarm is said to be a cloud based container farm system
BlockFarm is said to be a cloud based container farm system
The Japanese greenhouse builders of Innochio together with Martin Helmich of Hoogendoorn.
The Japanese greenhouse builders of Innochio together with Martin Helmich of Hoogendoorn.
Ishida was one of the few providers of post harvest technology and sorting machines at the GPEC.
Ishida was one of the few providers of post harvest technology and sorting machines at the GPEC.
RIjk Zwaan’s Friso Klok together with Akira Takada and Yoshi Yunoki of Rijk Zwaan’s Japanese partner Takada Seed.
RIjk Zwaan’s Friso Klok together with Akira Takada and Yoshi Yunoki of Rijk Zwaan’s Japanese partner Takada Seed.
This is the typical cucumber type that can be found in many of the Japanese greenhouses. The Gracie variety is one of the varieties that comes from the Japanese breeding pipeline of Rijk Zwaan.
This is the typical cucumber type that can be found in many of the Japanese greenhouses. The Gracie variety is one of the varieties that comes from the Japanese breeding pipeline of Rijk Zwaan.
The blocky bell pepper is not common in Japan, but Rijk Zwaan’s standard varieties like Nagano and Helsinki can be found inside Japanese greenhouses more and more.
The blocky bell pepper is not common in Japan, but Rijk Zwaan’s standard varieties like Nagano and Helsinki can be found inside Japanese greenhouses more and more.
Ronald Monster and Peter Hendrix of supplemental lighting supplier Hortilux Schréder; one of the few suppliers at the GPEC show with more advanced LED solutions dedicated to horticulture.
Ronald Monster and Peter Hendrix of supplemental lighting supplier Hortilux Schréder; one of the few suppliers at the GPEC show with more advanced LED solutions dedicated to horticulture.
Complete automated vertical farm concept.
Complete automated vertical farm concept.
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Many, many, many plant factory technology on display at GPEC !
Many, many, many plant factory technology on display at GPEC !
Japanese styrofoam hydroponic rafts for aquaponic cultivation.
Japanese styrofoam hydroponic rafts for aquaponic cultivation.
Climate chamber from Yasai.
Climate chamber from Yasai.
Greenhouse structure and drive technology on display at the booth of Sankin B & G.
Greenhouse structure and drive technology on display at the booth of Sankin B & G.
Most of the high wire crops we saw on display were using these metal/plastic clip guide systems instead of the standard clips or twine methods we see in Europe and North America.
Most of the high wire crops we saw on display were using these metal/plastic clip guide systems instead of the standard clips or twine methods we see in Europe and North America.
Hydroponic strawberry tubes are a popular growing system in Japan.
Hydroponic strawberry tubes are a popular growing system in Japan.
Hideaki iIzoe of Horiba offers simple but effective measuring technology to analyze
Hideaki iIzoe of Horiba offers simple but effective measuring technology to analyze
Japanese technology multinational NEC was at the show showcasing their approach to controlled environment agriculture.
Japanese technology multinational NEC was at the show showcasing their approach to controlled environment agriculture.
Fujitsu; another Japanese multinational that offers controls for high tech horticulture operations.
Fujitsu; another Japanese multinational that offers controls for high tech horticulture operations.
Akisai crop monitoring system at the booth of Fujitsu.
Akisai crop monitoring system at the booth of Fujitsu.
Takigen is a Japanese manufacturer of greenhouse logistic solutions.
Takigen is a Japanese manufacturer of greenhouse logistic solutions.
Takigen offers anything from automated pipe rail trolleys to simple rail systems and even these old fashioned raisers.
Takigen offers anything from automated pipe rail trolleys to simple rail systems and even these old fashioned raisers.
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Best Crop is the Japanese distribution partner for Enza Zaden.
Best Crop is the Japanese distribution partner for Enza Zaden.
Hydroponic container system with perlite substrate from Espec.
Hydroponic container system with perlite substrate from Espec.
Kenneth Jakobsen and Julia Charnaya of Priva Asia promoting FS Performance.
Kenneth Jakobsen and Julia Charnaya of Priva Asia promoting FS Performance.
Hydroponic melon tree cultivation system from Machida.
Hydroponic melon tree cultivation system from Machida.
Hydroponic melon tree cultivation system from Machida.
Hydroponic melon tree cultivation system from Machida.
Arimitsu is a manufacturer of high pressure fog systems and crop protection spray technology.
Arimitsu is a manufacturer of high pressure fog systems and crop protection spray technology.
Automated pipe rail spray cart from Arimitsu.
Automated pipe rail spray cart from Arimitsu.
Two years ago these 10 greenhouse projects were announced at the GPEC. So far, nine have been built and completed. The last project is about to be completed soon.
Two years ago these 10 greenhouse projects were announced at the GPEC. So far, nine have been built and completed. The last project is about to be completed soon.
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This robot is able to measure CO2 assimilation of the crop.
This robot is able to measure CO2 assimilation of the crop.
Busy start of the second day of the conference.
Busy start of the second day of the conference.
Yazaki is a Japanese manufacturer of logistical equipment like pipe rail trolleys and AGV tractors.
Yazaki is a Japanese manufacturer of logistical equipment like pipe rail trolleys and AGV tractors.
Takafumi Matsuo of Takahiko. They grow bell peppers in a modern style Dutch Venlo greenhouse with the help of Geothermal heat. As well as this they manufacture heat exchange technology for various other greenhouse projects.
Takafumi Matsuo of Takahiko. They grow bell peppers in a modern style Dutch Venlo greenhouse with the help of Geothermal heat. As well as this they manufacture heat exchange technology for various other greenhouse projects.
Pink tomatoes from Japanese breeder Sakata.
Pink tomatoes from Japanese breeder Sakata.
Pink tomatoes are the most common variety in Japanese horticulture.
Pink tomatoes are the most common variety in Japanese horticulture.
The GPEC organization.
The GPEC organization.
Erik van Berkum and Akiko Kakizaki of IDEC together with Martin Helmich of Hoogendoorn at the Holland Pavilion.
Erik van Berkum and Akiko Kakizaki of IDEC together with Martin Helmich of Hoogendoorn at the Holland Pavilion.
Kimiyo Deguchi of Kyowa (on the left) is responsible for the distribution of Cor Pelikaan’s Qlipr crop support system in Japan. They have received good feedback from the trials they ran at several Japanese growers over the past two years.
Kimiyo Deguchi of Kyowa (on the left) is responsible for the distribution of Cor Pelikaan’s Qlipr crop support system in Japan. They have received good feedback from the trials they ran at several Japanese growers over the past two years.
Low cost movable hydroponic gutter system.
Low cost movable hydroponic gutter system.
Japanese manufacturer of styrofoam aquaponic cultivation systems.
Japanese manufacturer of styrofoam aquaponic cultivation systems.
Made in Japan; drum seeder.
Made in Japan; drum seeder.
While Japan has many geothermal energy available, most of the growers with smaller medium tech operations are using these electrical heaters.
While Japan has many geothermal energy available, most of the growers with smaller medium tech operations are using these electrical heaters.
Delphy seminar at the booth of Seiwa.
Delphy seminar at the booth of Seiwa.
Besides courses on growing and greenhouse technology, special attention was also paid to food safety standards and protocols.
Besides courses on growing and greenhouse technology, special attention was also paid to food safety standards and protocols.
Japanese growers are increasingly interested in keeping pests like thrips outside with insect netting. Some greenhouse builders offer this kind of cheap replaceable mesh installations, but others are also offering the more durable systems from Holland.
Japanese growers are increasingly interested in keeping pests like thrips outside with insect netting. Some greenhouse builders offer this kind of cheap replaceable mesh installations, but others are also offering the more durable systems from Holland.
This kind of grow set ups really illustrate that the focus of domestic research and development in Japanese horticulture is very tech driven and the result of the plant output is not always the most important issue…
This kind of grow set ups really illustrate that the focus of domestic research and development in Japanese horticulture is very tech driven and the result of the plant output is not always the most important issue…
Takigen greenhouse equipment.
Takigen greenhouse equipment.
Japanese tube motor solution to operate shade screens over polyhouses.
Japanese tube motor solution to operate shade screens over polyhouses.
Manual retractable screen installation for low tech hoop houses.
Manual retractable screen installation for low tech hoop houses.
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ProFarm is a Japanese developer of Greenhouse controls.
ProFarm is a Japanese developer of Greenhouse controls.
Toyotane coir substrate slab and propagation blocks.
Toyotane coir substrate slab and propagation blocks.
Arimitsu’s high pressure fog system installed with flexible PE tubing.
Arimitsu’s high pressure fog system installed with flexible PE tubing.
Many medium and low tech Japanese greenhouses don’t have a piperail system or a concrete path, hence these electrical tractors are a welcome invention to transport the freshly picked produce.
Many medium and low tech Japanese greenhouses don’t have a piperail system or a concrete path, hence these electrical tractors are a welcome invention to transport the freshly picked produce.
Dosatron pump on a unit from Sunhope irrigation.
Dosatron pump on a unit from Sunhope irrigation.
Semi automatic seeding machine.
Semi automatic seeding machine.
Masatoshi Ishiyama of Sakata Seed’s Horticultural Supply Business Department is responsible for the development of new technologies like seeding lines.
Masatoshi Ishiyama of Sakata Seed’s Horticultural Supply Business Department is responsible for the development of new technologies like seeding lines.
Sedia System greenhouse.
Sedia System greenhouse.
The first two days of the show were the most crowded.
The first two days of the show were the most crowded.
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Hans Andersson of Svensson during a session at the Seiwa booth.
Hans Andersson of Svensson during a session at the Seiwa booth.
Dennis Steentjes and Aad van der Berg of Delpy together with Akira Saito of Seiwa.
Dennis Steentjes and Aad van der Berg of Delpy together with Akira Saito of Seiwa.
These Seiwa experts are the proud owners of the recently opened Tomato Park.
These Seiwa experts are the proud owners of the recently opened Tomato Park.
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Marc Vijverberg of Certhon.
Marc Vijverberg of Certhon.
Hydroponic melons are a popular high wire greenhouse crop in Asia.
Hydroponic melons are a popular high wire greenhouse crop in Asia.
Yoshida Toshihiko and Jeroen van Leeuwen with ReduSystems.
Yoshida Toshihiko and Jeroen van Leeuwen with ReduSystems.
The booth of Chiba University; the leading horticultural university in Japan.
The booth of Chiba University; the leading horticultural university in Japan.
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Busy times at the booth of Showa Denko.
Busy times at the booth of Showa Denko.
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Stone wool substrates from Grodan at the booth of Nittobo.
Stone wool substrates from Grodan at the booth of Nittobo.
Paskal high wire crop systems at the booth of Tokai Trading.
Paskal high wire crop systems at the booth of Tokai Trading.
Biobest bumblebee hives at the booth of Tokai Trading.
Biobest bumblebee hives at the booth of Tokai Trading.
Inflatable greenhouse vertical farm?
Inflatable greenhouse vertical farm?
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Mike Vermeij of Dutch greenhouse builder Bom Group.
Mike Vermeij of Dutch greenhouse builder Bom Group.
The diffused glass roof attracted a lot of attention at the booth of Bom Group.
The diffused glass roof attracted a lot of attention at the booth of Bom Group.
Greenhouse concept on display at the booth of Japanese multinational Kubota.
Greenhouse concept on display at the booth of Japanese multinational Kubota.
Loose pink tomato variety from Kaneko Seeds.
Loose pink tomato variety from Kaneko Seeds.
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Dr. Cecilia Stanghellini of Wageningen UR gave a very well attended presentation on the current challenges and developments in Dutch greenhouse horticulture.
Dr. Cecilia Stanghellini of Wageningen UR gave a very well attended presentation on the current challenges and developments in Dutch greenhouse horticulture.
Senthil Kumaran of Spanish greenhouse constructor Asthor.
Senthil Kumaran of Spanish greenhouse constructor Asthor.
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The Korean Horticultural Pavilion is seen more and more at horticultural technology trade shows all over the world lately.
The Korean Horticultural Pavilion is seen more and more at horticultural technology trade shows all over the world lately.
Arco van der Hout and Hidefumi Aso of Delpy Japan giving a presentation at the Seiwa booth.
Arco van der Hout and Hidefumi Aso of Delpy Japan giving a presentation at the Seiwa booth.
Mr. Aart Jacobi, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Japan opened the GPEC networking reception hosted by Netherlands Embassy by saying that Japan and the Netherlands are ment to be for eachother in regards to agricultural trade and technology relations.
Mr. Aart Jacobi, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Japan opened the GPEC networking reception hosted by Netherlands Embassy by saying that Japan and the Netherlands are ment to be for eachother in regards to agricultural trade and technology relations.
The networking reception was well attended, not only the Dutch, but also by other key players in the Japanese high tech horticulture industry.
The networking reception was well attended, not only the Dutch, but also by other key players in the Japanese high tech horticulture industry.

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