South African Hydroclimaponics Relocates to the Netherlands
Dutch leading role in technology within greenhouse horticulture segment cited as prime motivating factor
South Africa-based Hydroclimaponics, developers of a hydroponic irrigation and hydration system for greenhouses, is set to put down roots and relocate its global headquarters to the Netherlands. The firm’s Theo Cilliers, CEO (Europe), cited the leading role the Netherlands plays in the development and application of technology within the greenhouse horticulture segment as a prime motivating factor behind the move. Hydroclimaponics also works in close partnership with Priva International – a leading Dutch horticulture technology company with operations worldwide.
The first phase of the relocation will entail establishment of a head office in the east of the Netherlands, followed closely by manufacturing and production to serve the firm’s global markets. The move is expected to provide a boost to the local economy and create employment.
Hydroclimaponics’ hydroponic irrigation and hydration system is stacked vertically in the greenhouse, which cuts down on surface area and leads to higher potential yields per square-meter – an attractive proposition for intensive urban farming operations located close to centers of consumption. The company can offer full-blown commercial cultivation installations, or retrofit/conversion installations to existing greenhouses.
The South African company was assisted in their relocation by the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency and Oost N.V., who brought Hydroclimaponics into contact with key greenhouse horticulture parties, such as nearby Wageningen University and the Bergerden growing-region.