The business unit Greenhouse Horticulture has started the 'Club of 100,' which will provide suppliers in the greenhouse horticulture with a location in The Netherlands, with easy access to the wide-ranging expertise of the business unit Greenhouse Horticulture and allow them to make a contribution to funding applied strategic research in the Netherlands. In this way, these companies can share responsibility for maintaining knowledge infrastructure and implementing innovation-driven research and pre-competitive projects.
These projects are characterised by the fact that they have a time horizon of between five and ten years before their results are broadly applied in the sector. This type of research lays the foundation for the future of the sector, which is currently facing enormous challenges such as the structural increases to the cost of energy, stricter EU requirements for environmental effects and a market that is constantly demanding new products and placing increasingly high demands on the entire production process. As a result of the dissolution of the Dutch Product Board for Horticulture (Productschap Tuinbouw), the position of this type of research has become even more precarious, endangering the continuity and innovative strength of the Dutch greenhouse horticulture sector.
Membership in the Club of 100 is exclusively intended for suppliers and traders in the greenhouse horticulture sector with a location in The Netherlands, that supply materials, hardware, software, funding or propagating material to the sector. Non-commercial organisations that focus on innovation and development in the greenhouse horticulture sector may also join.
Members fall under the following groups:
- Greenhouse builders
- Installation companies in the fields of energy, climate and water
- Potting compost and substrate suppliers
- Suppliers of crop protection, fertilisers and consumables
- Banks, insurers and accountant agencies
- Energy providers
- Suppliers of propagation materials
- Trade, distribution and storage
All members must sign a two-year contract, but each year they are given the option of extending their contract for the next two years. This ensures that projects are not abandoned before completion due to businesses dropping out.
Are you interested?
Would you like join the Netherlands' best greenhouse horticulture suppliers? Contact Jan Willem de Vries (Janwillem.email@example.com, +31 317 485696) or Sjaak Bakker (firstname.lastname@example.org , +31 317 485605).