Dümmen Orange starts LED project

At the Dümmen Orange rose breeding company in Kudelstaart, the Netherlands, LEDs have been installed. This is the first step made in the new partnership between Dümmen Orange and LED specialist Philips. For both companies this is a way of increasing their knowledge about the effects of LED lighting on new red rose varieties and other plants. The contract was signed by both companies on Friday, 29 April. The breeding facility in Kudelstaart has now been fitted with a combination of HPS lamps (80 µmol/m2/s) and Philips GreenPower LED toplighting (80 µmol/m2/s), making a total of 160 µmol/m2/s.

Lighting red cultivars
The installation of the LEDs is the first visible step in the red Avalanche+ project. The primary focus in this breeding program is on the search for a new, special red rose. The first commercial cultivars are expected to appear on the market in 2017/2018.

The first cultivar in this program is currently being lit with a hybrid lighting installation, along with other varieties. “Red cultivars benefit from a high light level. The additional lighting that Philips LED lamps bring to our breeding site enables us to achieve the same light level as the most modern rose businesses,” says Dennis van Dijk, Rose Product Manager at Dümmen Orange.

Certainty for sector
The rose is an important crop for ornamental plant cultivation in the Netherlands. The partnership between the two companies is an excellent step towards giving rose cultivation a new boost. “For us it’s really useful to be working with an international breeder. For instance we can test the effect of technological developments on several crops and varieties. We mainly consider the increase in quality and yield to be important,” says Udo van Slooten, Managing Director Philips Horticulture LED Solutions. Dümmen Orange values cultivation-related progress for both high-tech rose businesses in Europe and covered cultivation in other climate zones. “So we’re proud that we’re working with a partner like Philips. It means that we can give growers greater confidence and offer them certainty for the future,” says van Dijk.

Sharp increase in popularity of LEDs for rose cultivation
Rose growers are showing plenty of interest in Philips GreenPower toplighting. Last year rose nursery Wimceco and flower nursery Scheers in Belgium invested in LEDs to supplement their HPS installation. LEDs improve crop quality and production and give the option of using lighting on dark days in the spring and summer. The Dutch rose nursery Porta Nova specifically anticipates an improvement in quality in its trial. At the Delphy Improvement Centre in Bleiswijk research is being conducted into 100% LED lighting for roses.

Tine van de Werken new CFO Dümmen Orange
This partnership isn't the only change at Dümmen Orange. The company announces that Mrs. Tine van de Werken will join Dümmen Orange as new Chief Financial Officer. After a transition period of 1 month she will take the helm from Roger Gerritzen who has been the company CFO for the last 6 years. Roger will continue as the Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and Integration. He will no longer be a member of the Management Board.

Tine van de Werken holds a Masters Degree in Business Economics from Erasmus University and a degree in Accountancy from VU University. Previously, Mrs. Van de Werken worked as CFO at Royal Cosun, a food company with core activities in sugar, potato products and fruit derived consumables. In her capacity as CFO, she participated in the leadership team of Cosun and led a variety of projects, like acquisitions and divestments, refinancing and the implementation of a SSC ICT and ERP projects. Van de Werken about her new position: “Dümmen Orange is a new challenge and I am looking forward to contribute in making Dümmen Orange a successful, customer oriented and innovative company.”

Roger Gerritzen will step back as CFO and continue as Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and Integration. This move allows him to dedicate more time to identify potential opportunities for Dümmen Orange and delivering the company’s objective of substantial growth through ‘buy and build’.

Biense Visser concludes: “We are glad to welcome our new CFO Tine van de Werken. We are convinced that she will add to the mosaic of diversity in competences in our company. The new role of Roger Gerritzen underlines our ambitions as a company. This is a very important development for our company.”

For more information:
Philips Horticulture LED Solutions, Nederland
Daniela Damoiseaux, Global Marcom Manager
Tel.: +31 (0)6 316 5 2969

Dümmen Orange
Dennis van Dijk, Product manager Rose & Fillers
Tel.: +31(0)6 83694245

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