DE KWAKEL, The Netherlands: After months of careful preparation, Takii Europe has moved its breeding site for pot and bedding plants from Honselersdijk to Kudelstaart. On 17 May Senior Executive Director Kazuo Hatsuda from Takii & Co. Ltd. Japan, the parent company of Takii Europe, officially opened the new greenhouse at the HortiparQ with a spectacular forklift truck ride.
Surrounded by colleagues, Siegfried Lachmann, Manager Research & Development at Takii Europe, made the first speech at the start of the opening ceremony: “I am speaking on behalf of the entire cultivation and breeding team when I say that I am proud of this new state-of-the-art station”. The presence of Kazuo Hatsuda, one of the directors of parent company Takii & Co. Ltd. Japan, was a real honour for the European subsidiary. Senior Executive Director Hatsuda was very pleased to accept the invitation to symbolically open the greenhouse by driving a fork-lift truck through a paper barrier. Afterwards, glasses were raised and Mr. Hatsuda finished with a toast: “May the new station create beautiful, innovative and unique varieties!”
Opening the new site on the Mijnsherenweg in Kudelstaart was a strategic decision. “To further realise our ambitions for growth, we are innovating all the time, and innovation also means investing in quality facilities to take breeding to a higher level,” says Ton Kuipers, Managing Director of Takii Europe.
The greenhouse area has now increased to approximately 1 hectare, double the size of the previous breeding station in Honselersdijk. The new site, with 6 different growing systems in various climate compartments, is fully focused on breeding future introductions and further development of successful series such as Canna Cannova and Viola cornuta Floral Power F1. It will also be possible to pay greater attention to screening of breeding material originating from the parent company in Japan. Alongside breeding, the representative greenhouse in Kudelstaart also has space for quality control processes, simulations and events.
About Takii Europe
Takii Europe B.V. is the European branch of Takii & Company Ltd of Japan. Takii Europe B.V. is an integrated seed company engaged in the breeding, production, processing, sale and marketing of a wide range of flower and vegetable varieties. Within the ornamentals sector, the company is the market leader for sunflowers, canna and ornamental cabbage.