We would like to keep you informed of new developments in relation to conditioned growing and greenhouse roof systems in general and BOAL Systems and our activities in particular. The most recent messages can be found below.
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Limited logistical services in April
- Friday April 8th - Week 14
- Friday april 15th - Week 15
- Monday April 18th - 2nd day of Easter, week 16
- Wednesday April 27th - Dutch King’s Day, week 17
- Friday April 29th - Week 17
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The days are getting longer
In order to maximize the amount of natural light in the greenhouse, BOAL Systems focuses on the light transmittance factor when developing aluminium systems. Because: more light immediately means a higher crop yield and higher crop quality. This is not only a great advantage financially, but also in terms of market sales and sustainability.
Look here for more information about the various systems for glass and film & foil greenhouse covering that BOAL Systems offers worldwide.
Too much direct or too long irradiation of sunlight can negatively affect the cultivation results at the same time. Within our group of companies, we also offer various sustainable solutions for this, for example screening systems.
Join BOAL Group at the World Expo – Dutch Horticulture Day
The Dutch horticultural cluster presents an exciting line-up of international speakers and workshops on how an ecosystem approach to innovative horticultural solutions can contribute to global challenges.
Get inspired by officials, captains of industry, and scholars such as the Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality H.E. Henk Staghouwer, by the President of the WUR; Prof. dr. ir. Louise Fresco, by Expo Champion Meiny Prins, by futurist Christian Kromme, and many others.
As BOAL Group we are looking forward to take part in these great two days full of greenhouse technology. Please join us there: you will get the chance to gain key knowledge & possibilities of high-tech controlled environment agriculture making this world more sustainable and future-proof.
Full program here:
Frank Boers joins the AVAG board
The announcement was made during the AVAG general meeting of members on Wednesday 15 December. Frank Boers succeeds Theo Sanders, managing director of Alcomij, who has decided to step down from the company and therefore also from his other sector-related duties. Sanders joined the AVAG board in 2011 and was one of the co-founders of Hortivation, which he also chaired for a number of years.
The AVAG board members regard Frank Boers as a welcome addition, according to Annie van de Riet, AVAG president: “We are happy that Frank Boers is available for this role. He has a broad background of knowledge and experience gained both within and outside of the sector. Moreover, his arrival will further strengthen our relationship with the Hortivation board.”
With respect to his appointment to the board, Boers states: “I’m proud of our horticultural sector. In recent years, we have seen an ever-faster pace of change in terms of strategic challenges and technological advancements. In this exciting dynamic, it is essential that our industry receives professional guidance and representation. I have a lot of respect for how AVAG meets that need and balances the different interests of the various businesses.”
AVAG is the leading greenhouse technology industry association within which 70 Dutch companies collaborate on integrated growing systems, components and associated services. AVAG supports its members in terms of innovation, quality, internationalization and the labour market. AVAG-affiliated companies are committed to providing high-quality products and services tailored to each specific market, crop and climate.
BOAL Group appoints Adri Pols as new CEO
Adri Pols brings extensive experience from global and regional management positions with particular emphasis on sustainability. In various roles Pols acted at the vanguard of the energy transition, moving from green electricity retailing, solar power and biofuels generation to the vital component of energy storage. In his current position as Chief Commercial & Operations Officer, Pols helped accelerate BOAL’s transition towards a sustainable value chain.
"Controlled Environment Agriculture plays a pivotal role in the transition to sustainable food production for the growing global population amidst increasing climatological challenges. BOAL partners with greenhouse builders and growers worldwide to accelerate this shift. We consider it our responsibility to enable the production of fresh and healthy food close to the consumer. I am personally very committed to this meaningful cause and I feel humbled to be allowed to lead this promising company into the future”, Adri Pols.
Ronald Boers: “I am delighted with Adri’s appointment as CEO. His vision and his customer led approach will lead us into the next phase of our growing enterprise. I am confident that with Adri’s leadership we will continue to expand on what we have accomplished over more than five decades. As engineer and manufacturer of advanced systems for high-tech covered cultivation, we will be able to build and grow together with our customers for generations to come”.
Marc Arens, Senior Partner & Country Head DACH/NL at Equistone; “Adri has the ideal combination of experience and competences needed for the journey we have embarked on with BOAL. We look forward to further support BOAL’s ambitious buy and build strategy in line with our responsible investing policy.”
About BOAL Group
BOAL Group provides greenhouse builders with a comprehensive portfolio of modular systems and solutions. It ranges from complete aluminum greenhouse structures with integrated insect netting and ventilation solutions to insulated storage areas, climate screen systems or individual greenhouse parts.
BOAL has the capability to tailor its modular systems to specific project’s requirements and delivers these directly to the construction site as a ready-to-build package. BOAL has a unique position in the value chain with its in-house extruded aluminum which is 100% recyclable, a proven key differentiator particularly in the current environment of base material shortage.
Having established long-term collaborative relationships with regional and global greenhouse builders, BOAL has supplied over 8,000 hectares of greenhouses in more than 50 countries. BOAL’s systems significantly contribute to feeding a rapidly growing global population whilst minimizing the use of resources.
Equistone Partners Europe Limited (Equistone) is one of Europe’s leading mid-market private equity investors. Equistone operates across Benelux, France, Germany, Switzerland and the UK, investing as a strategic partner alongside management teams.
Holiday season approaching!
As we want to be sure that all requests, orders and deliveries around this period will be handled effectively, we may reach out to you aligning ongoing activities.
Should you have any questions, please contact our sales department: +31 174 316 100 or email@example.com.
On behalf of all BOAL employees we would like to thank you for your business in 2021 and wish you a great Holiday Season.
BOAL Group welcomes Chinese entrepreneur Jack Ma at World Horti Center
The co-founder of Alibaba and his team visited the World Horti Center (WHC), to find out more about the technological and organisational factors that contribute to the great success of the Westland region as a globally known hub for the horticultural and agricultural sectors.
As part of his tour of European businesses and research institutions in the horticultural sector, Mr. Ma and his team visited BOAL’s demo booths in the WHC. He was particularly interested in the applications of greenhouse technology for further developing Northern China as agriculture and horticulture region to meet the country’s rapidly increasing demands for sustainable food production.
Arable land is limited and has in fact plateaued worldwide around the year 2000, while the world population, and with it, its food consumption continues to increase. High tech greenhouses provide an efficient and effective solution to expand food production further while significantly limiting water usage and allowing growers to better cope with the impact of climate change.
BOAL is at the forefront of this trend: As a globally leading expert for the international Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) sector, BOAL offers its customers an extensive and innovative selection of products and integrated solutions. From complete aluminium greenhouse structures with integrated insect netting and ventilation solutions to insulated storage areas, climate screen systems or even individual greenhouse parts. In addition, BOAL has a unique position in the value chain with its in-house aluminium extrusion capabilities, which has again proven to be a key differentiator in the current environment of base material shortage.
Furthermore, BOAL’s strong partnerships with greenhouse builders, allows the company to supply growers with customized, ready-to-build solutions all the way from concept and design to finished project.
“We are very happy about the opportunity to host Jack Ma at the BOAL booths in the World Horti Center”, says Ronald Boers, CEO of the BOAL Group, “With the World Horti Center, the Westland region has created a unique ecosystem of experts that perfectly encapsulates what makes the region thrive as a horticultural hotspot: Technological excellence and collaboration. We are very proud of what we have achieved and even more proud of the international recognition it receives. Jack Ma’s interest, particularly in BOAL’s leading greenhouse technology solutions to support the growing food demands of China’s population, only reinforces that. We are happy to support Mr. Ma in pursuing this interest and potential steps resulting from it in the future”.
About BOAL Group
BOAL is globally leading expert for the international Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) sector, BOAL offers its customers an extensive and innovative range of integrated solutions and key components for high-tech covered cultivation. BOAL Group’s offering ranges from complete aluminium greenhouse structures with integrated insect netting and ventilation solutions to insulated storage areas, climate screen systems or even individual greenhouse parts. In addition, BOAL has a unique position in the value chain with its in-house aluminium extrusion capabilities, a proven key differentiator in the current environment of base material shortage.
For more information:
Phone: +31 (0)174 – 31 61 25
About the World Horti Center
The World Horti Center was established in 2017, as a collaboration between education, research and government institutions as well as entrepreneurs to jointly research, share knowledge and best practices, and network. Based in Westland, the “Silicon Valley” of the greenhouse horticulture industry with an international focus, the World Horti Center is visited by 25,000 international professionals each year.
Read more: Jack Ma visits World Horti Center - World Horti Center
Raise the standard @ GreenTech 2021!
And.. of course we will show you all benefits of our top-3 innovative roof systems.
See you next week in Amsterdam!
There we go: GreenTech 2021!
Knowledge, solutions and innovations are available for everyone – challenge your competition, improve efficiency and commercialise future solutions at this world class horticulture technology event.
More info & registration here.
Glass roof and insect netting systems 10 ha. Chrysanthemum grower UGRAND delivered and installed on time
“It is a challenging project under at least as challenging circumstances,” says Maurice Hartman, director of Technokas. “We are therefore very proud that we, together with all partners, are keeping this extensive project on schedule, so that the grower can plant the first cuttings as early as October.” According to him, the cooperation with the various partners is very close. “That is a must if we want to realize a project in these challenging times. For example, we have been working closely with BOAL Systems for the roof and sidewalls systems for years. In view of the growing scarcity of materials such as glass, steel, certain plastics and aluminum on the world market, we are very pleased that we have a strong relationship with this reliable company. It takes a lot of thinking ahead and staying in touch with each other to ensure that this extensive construction project does not falter.”
Advanced greenhouse cover
BOAL Systems is the supplier that provides the greenhouse cover in this project, on which 4 mm diffuse glass is placed. “Prior to the construction phase, we put in a great deal of effort, attention, time and energy to the preparations so that our production and delivery of the roof could proceed on time and according to plan”, says Sander van der Ven (BOAL Systems). “The greenhouse is equipped with a Lumenex® Venlo greenhouse roof system and sidewalls. With this system that can be built quickly, a lot of sunlight penetrates into the greenhouse, which makes a positive contribution to the growth and quality of the Chrysanthemums. We achieve this by using strong and slim profiles in the roof.”
Specific wishes and solutions
When developing the roof system, Technokas and BOAL Systems have opted for a broad basis that offers many adjustments and options for specifying the greenhouse for cultivation optimization. “We take into account the large surface area of the project at various points in the roof and sidewalls. This size of greenhouses have specific demands on loads, choice of material and fastening. Together with Technokas, we took tailor-made solution into account for the grower and his cultivation. Examples of this are the roof and compartment sizes, vent configuration, condensation drainage and dilation effect,” says Van der Ven.
Ventilators with integrated insect netting
Holland Gaas provides the mesh insect netting cassettes in the ventilation windows in this greenhouse roof. This mesh system offers good ventilation options, even with a small ventilation opening. Thanks to the seamless collaboration with BOAL Systems, Holland Gaas guarantees an efficient and quick to install mesh system in the vents. Hartman: "Because the ventilation windows are provided with netting, we also attach netting boxes to the outside of the air handling units, to keep the insects out there as well. This allows growers to further reduce the use of crop protection assistance like pesticides."
More high quality crop yield by new F-CLEAN® greenhouse
More yield, worry less
Of all the factors for greenhouse cultivation, light is by far the most essential crop requirement, it can almost never be enough. And more natural light improved the quality and quality for a higher value of vegetables, fruits, flowers, flowering pot plants and cannabis. Using diffuse F-CLEAN as a greenhouse cover guarantees a Hortiscatter (light scattering) of more than 60% in the greenhouse.
At the same time, the use of F-CLEAN increases the grower's production security and delivery reliability, as it reduces major and costly business risks such as hail and storm damage and the material has a high durability, comparable to glass. This makes the greenhouse climate and risk resistant and saves the grower sleepless nights and high maintenance costs.
The deck system offers opportunities to increase hood and compartment sizes and can be equipped with three different ventilation configurations. Using special aids such as the deck carriage, it is possible to stretch the material extremely taut. This deck wagon also plays a major role in the high build quality and speed of the greenhouse and the installation of the F-CLEAN.
The Venlo F-CLEAN greenhouse is part of the Innovation and Demo Center Energy at WUR in Bleiswijk and is partly supported by the program Greenhouse as Energy Source (Kas als Energiebron). The goal of the greenhouse is to improve the production and product quality of various crops, without using artificial light and fossil energy sources. The F-CLEAN cover material plays a major role in this.
The biggest advantages of this roof system:
➡️ Quality boost per m2 in every cultivation, such as an earlier flowering or sweeter fruit
➡️ A Hortiscatter (light scattering) of more than 60% in the greenhouse
➡️ A higher light and UV transmission + fuller spectrum of sunlight that penetrates deeper into the greenhouse
➡️ Reduced chance of hail and storm damage
➡️ High quality diffused cover material with the lifespan of 4 mm glass
Week 31 - 33: Reduced availability in August
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We wish you a pleasant summer!