Netafim announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Dutch turnkey greenhouse projects provider Gakon. "Greenhouse projects were already a strategic priority for Netafim, with Covid-19 further validating the importance of food security and a local fresh supply," said Gabriel (Gaby) Miodownik, Netafim CEO.
"Teaming up with Netafim unlocks a world of opportunities for us," said Pieter van Berchum, Director of Gakon. "We are excited to be able to apply our deep knowledge and skills of greenhouse horticulture to new markets and be part of a group that is set to drive forward sustainable and profitable crop production."
With 56 years of agricultural project experience and array of irrigation technologies utilized in 80% of the world's professional high-end greenhouses, Netafim is a leading player in global agriculture technology. The company has been active for several decades in the greenhouse market and is now expanding its offering in the production and supply of top-tier greenhouse projects to meet the increasing demand for the most advanced farming methods.
The acquisition is synergetic, combining Netafim's global presence and expertise in precision agriculture and Gakon's greenhouse technology. With 70 years of experience, Gakon has been managing projects from ideation to completion. In their headquarters with integrated production based in Westland, Netherlands, Gakon produces their own greenhouses. "Gakon brings expertise in all aspects of greenhouse project execution, glasshouse manufacturing capabilities, and a track record in key markets."
"We are delighted to join forces with Gakon to enhance our in-house greenhouse related capabilities, including production, and provide local farmers and growers across the world with greenhouse solutions and services that will support both farmers and local food security," Gabriel continues.
"Driven by growing populations, the call for sustainable agriculture and increasing concern over food security there has been a surge of interest in locally grown fresh produce. Netafim will provide growers with a comprehensive offering of the best greenhouse technologies, structures, irrigation, fertigation, and crop growing expertise as well as other ag related services to enable farmers to maximize productivity and efficiency in all climate conditions."
In 2017, Orbia acquired 80% of Netafim, while Kibbutz Hatzerim holds the remaining 20%. Netafim is part of the Orbia community of companies, working together to tackle some of the world's most complex challenges.