Dutch companies join forces in joint venture for 'Smart Greenhouse Logistics’

HORTILOGICS takes greenhouse and packing logistics to next level

Four leading companies have set up a joint venture for data-driven automation of internal logistics for greenhouses and packing centers within the international greenhouse horticulture. HORTILOGICS unburdens growers, producers, packers, investors and greenhouse builders completely in this area. "The market is in need for logistics specialists that offer integrated, data-driven solutions on a turnkey basis. That competence makes this joint venture unique," says Marco van der Velden on behalf of Berg Hortimotive, KOAT, HortiKey and Crux Agribotics.

One entry point, one single point of contact for the design, realisation and maintenance of smart logistics systems. That is what growers, investors and greenhouse builders need. HORTILOGICS will meet that need, as the Full-Service Partner for automation, robotisation and data-driven tools with which horticultural companies and packers can improve their operations and productivity.

Unique proposition
The growing demand for turn-key solutions for internal logistics is the result of increasing scale, scarcity of labour and the rise of robotics and data-driven tools within the value chain. In HORTILOGICS, the four partners combine their knowledge and expertise which makes it easier to develop and realise integrated solutions.

"With this joint venture, we offer a unique proposition within the global greenhouse industry," says Marco van der Velden, CEO of Berg Hortimotive Group, of which HortiKey is part. "KOAT and Crux Agribotics are forward-thinking partners, combining robust and proven technology with ground-breaking robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). They complement us and our offering perfectly".

Parent company of KOAT, the Kind Technologies group, strengthens its portfolio in the field of Internal Transport and Automation within the horticultural sector.

Kind Technologies acquires Martin Stolze for further growth within the horticulture greenhouse market. Through this step, the product portfolio of KOAT will be further strengthened and expanded. With the acquisition of Martin Stolze, the Kind Technologies group confirms its long term commitment to automation and innovation within the greenhouse horticulture market. With its leading brands, Crux Agribotics, KOAT and now Martin Stolze it can offer a full product portfolio for automating the typical manual processes within greenhouses and packing centres.

Increasing demand for technology and automation within the horticulture and food processing worldwide
Martin Stolze and Kind Technologies see an increasing demand for automation within the agriculture & food market world-wide. Rising labor costs and scarcity, focus on food safety and the use of data for process improvement are important drivers for the growth strategy of the companies.

Kind Technologies is a frontrunner in this area and is active within the horticulture with its brands KOAT and Crux Agribotics. It has developed the award-winning SortiPack® system for automatic grading, sorting and packing of organic products, fruits and vegetables, enabling greenhouse growers and packing centers to scale up productivity with less dependence on human labor and to utilize crop data available from the system.

Relevant combined forces
Martin Stolze (http://martinstolze.nl) has been an expert in the internal transport of products in horticulture, distribution- and packaging centers since its establishment in 1991. This long experience, complete product portfolio, own production and service capacity make Martin Stolze a leading manufacturer, supplier and integrator for complete internal transport automation projects. The company has grown strongly in recent years with its internal transport product portfolio including conveyor belts, buffer belts, potting machines, roller conveyors, watering stations, chain- and potting forks, which are sold internationally.

Martin Stolze is therefore a valuable extension of the portfolio of Kind Technologies. After this expansion, Kind Technologies consists of more than 200 engineers and technicians dedicated to bringing its technologies to the market. Managing Director Wido Kruijswijk will continue to lead Martin Stolze with the existing team. Martin Stolze with its 57 employees will remain based in De Lier (The Netherlands) and will continue its activities under its current name. Martin Stolze will remain involved as external advisor.

Why collaborating and innovating together in the global Fresh Produce sector is more important than ever

How technology and smart robotics can limit the impact of future viruses and global threats

(This article is the basis behind a recent video message (below) prepared for the Fresh Produce market and for different interviews held with our CCO & Founder, Richard Vialle)

COVID-19 is affecting all of us. All over the world we are being challenged by this situation. It is our firm belief that in these days, we need to collaborate to address urgent needs, and at the same time to look forward, on how we can limit the impact of future threats like these.

As a technology group at One of A Kind Technologies, we deliver automation technology within the Food, Pharma and Agriculture markets. It is our purpose that we keep serving these vital markets who ensure that people get medicines and have access to healthy food.

We would like to express our recognition and gratitude for all growers, farmers and packing centers for their unlimited commitment to bring fresh and healthy food to our tables every day.

KOAT secures growth and future development within the One of A Kind Technologies group

KOAT B.V. will be acquired by One of A Kind Technologies (OOAKT), a successful high-tech specialist in vision and robotics in the fields of Pharma, Food and Agriculture.

KOAT was founded in 1992 as ‘Koppens Ontwikkeling en Aanvoer Techniek’. The last decade the company has further developed and grown under the direction and ownership of Managing Director, Kees van Dam. KOAT develops, delivers and integrates production processing lines and internal transport systems for the horticulture greenhouse market worldwide. It has a vast experience in automating the material handling of freshly harvested crops and vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers.

One of A Kind Technologies is a high-tech scale-up in Eindhoven, The Netherlands focused on Computer Vision & Robotics in its markets Agriculture, Food and Pharma. With its Crux Agribotics brand (http://cruxagribotics.com) it develops and delivers compelling and innovative robotics towards the agriculture and horticulture markets. Together with KOAT it developed the SortiPack® system which integrates Automated Grading, Sorting and Packing of Tomatoes and other crops enabling growers to scale up productivity with less dependence on human labor.

Both companies see the increasing demand for automation within the agriculture market world-wide. Increasing labor scarcity, cost and demands for flexible harvesting, packing and handling including track and tracing functionality to ensure food safety are key drivers for the companies’ growth strategies.