Netherlands: Havecon builds greenhouse for Linflowers in Zuilichem

David and Rochus van Tuijl grew up between the chrysanthemums of their family business, nursery Rodalin. In 1993, they took over the company.


The chrysanthemums in the new greenhouse

The years that followed saw the advent of artificial lighting and the necessity of scaling up. In order to remain a key player in chrysanthemum cultivation, they built a new company called Darolin I in 2005, a 3.7-hectare operation. In 2008 followed Darolin II, featuring 3.5 ha. Combined, the operation boasts more than 10 hectares spread over three locations, which gave space to operate different markets and grow different varieties. The products were marketed under the name Linflowers.

In 2009, the crisis hit hard, a number of companies being put up for sale. In 2011, Linflowers bought former nursery Florissant in Zuilichem. This lot had been empty for some time and was no longer suitable for chrysanthemums. In 2013 the brothers bought an adjacent lot and from that moment things accelerated.

Diffuse glass
A business relation alerted the company to the potential of diffuse glass. This was a completely new concept to Linflowers. In the greenhouse sector, it was already widely used, but never in chrysanthemum cultivation. Along with the DLV and the WUR, Linflowers explored the possibilities. Together they came to the conclusion that diffused glass for growing chrysanthemums had no disadvantages, but offered about 8% more light and better light distribution, hence additional growth.

Eventually it was Havecon who was given the contract for building a new greenhouse. The "go-ahead' was given in April 2014. In mid-September Rochus moved to the new location. After three days, the first cuttings were planted. In mid-November the first flowers were harvested and nursery Rodalin II, the new addition to the Linflowers operation, was a fact.

The company now looks back on an eventful period and a fulfilling cooperation with Havecon and other suppliers. Construction went without incidents or setbacks.


More information:
Havecon
Marconistraat 32
2665 JE Bleiswijk
T: 010 266 32 70
F: 010 266 32 71
E: info@havecon.com
www.havecon.com

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