VB Group builds ‘Elite’ Greenhouse for Dümmen Orange in Rheinberg, Germany
Thursday 29 June 2017
Last month the official start of the new ‘Elite’ greenhouse for Dümmen Orange, location Rheinberg, Germany was made with an official ground-breaking ceremony. The greenhouse and climate divisions of VB Group from the Netherlands work together on the new state of the art greenhouses with an approximate surface of 10.000 m2.
Dümmen Orange is a leading company in the breeding and development of cut flowers, bulbs, succulents, pot plants, bedding plants and perennials. Its annual turnover is approximately EUR 240 million. The company employs more than 7,000 people worldwide. In addition to a large marketing and sales network, Dümmen Orange has a strong network of production sites. The key to Dümmen Orange’s success is a broad and deep product range, supported by a global supply chain.
The new to be build greenhouse complex will be the basis for worldwide production of all varieties of the Dümmen Orange portfolio. Therefore, it is the heart of every future production and will set a benchmark in modern hygiene standards. This investment proves once more the importance of the Rheinberg location for worldwide operating breeders.
The ceremony was opened with a short speech of Managing Director Thomas Bousart, in presence of o.a. the mayor Frank of the city of Rheinberg, representatives of the Chamber of Agriculture Nordrhein- Westfalen and Eversael, VB Group and several invitees.
At the beginning Thomas Bousart explained the upcoming changes for this location. An important pillar of the company is the plant health and therefore Dümmen Orange invests for the construction of the new, global elite location for bedding plants, perennials, cut flowers and potted plant assortments. For the construction of the new elite greenhouse, various sites were in the debate but the choice fell on Rheinberg. „The location has a central location in Europe, a good climate and offers qualified staff "says Bousart. The new 10,000-square-meter glass greenhouse is divided into a quarantine part and an ‘elite’ nursery area and is a unique one of a kind greenhouse, which is unparalleled so far. According to Bousart the new project is more a laboratory than a greenhouse, with the possibility to meet current hygienic standards and thus ensure a backup of valuable plant material.
An expansion in the coming years is already planned. Room for expansion is available, so that the greenhouse can be expanded to 3.5 ha in the future. This ensures jobs and strengthens the region.