AVAG, the Dutch glasshouse construction and equipment sector body, has announced that Menno van den Brink, operationals and technical director at Van der Hoeven Horticultural Projects has joined its board of directors.
The 40-year old Van den Brink succeeds Pieter van Berchum from Gakon Horticultural Projects who has served as an AVAG board member for nine years and is now has reached retirement age.
New greenhouses in the world, mostly glass, have recently been going up at the rate of around 3,500ha a year – and the area is expected to grow by a further 50 per cent in the next five years thanks to investment in regions such as the Middle East and Asia and from sources not traditionally associated with horticulture.
Well over three-quarters of these projects are being built and equipped by Dutch greenhouse builders and greenhouse technology suppliers, which form a cluster of around 70 companies in the world-famous Westland area, the greenhouse capital of the Netherlands. Around 80 per cent of their combined turnover of 3bn euro is estimated to come from exports.