BLEISWIJK, the Netherlands: A Royal Warrant holder and a household name with the global orchid industry, Horticoop is fully committed to delivering innovation and solutions for the horticulture industry. As a result of constant efforts to improve their product, the first purpose-built orchid substrate factory in the world opened in Bleiswijk on Friday the 20th of June, 2014. This state-of-the-art specialist location is dedicated to the production of the best orchid substrates.
The new location features a practically 100% closed and automated production process, whereby all raw materials are stored in-house for processing into substrates. Customers can therefore be sure of getting the best substrate possible, with a consistently high quality, and tailored to their specific requirements in terms of moisture content, pH and nutrients.
The in-house storage and processing of raw materials provides many benefits: adverse weather conditions – especially rain – can no longer affect production. Water can be added by Slingerland Potgrond during the mixing process so that customers receive substrates with exactly the moisture content (HWW) they require. Another major benefit for clients is the fact that the measurement of raw materials is now a fully automated process in the new factory. This has made the calibration process even more accurate, resulting in a substrate with an unrivalled consistency of quality.
Horticoop and Slingerland Potgrond are known for their total commitment to achieving the highest quality of orchid substrates, as well as reliability when it comes to product delivery. To maintain these high standards, the business has implemented major innovations in the production process in the last few years. With the launch of this new factory, Horticoop takes the next step in assuring both the quality and consistency of substrates and an efficient service for customers.
Slingerland Potgrond, together with Horticoop, Lentse Potgrond, Mardenkro and Alflora, forms part of Coöperatief Koninklijk Tuinbouwcentrum Horticoop.
Coöperatief Koninklijk Tuinbouwcentrum Horticoop offers growers of vegetables and ornamentals, both at home and abroad, a comprehensive package of products and services, ranging from potting soils and horticultural necessities to service and technology. Horticoop has an international human capital of approximately 400 employees and operates from 36 locations for sales, production and/or warehousing.