01 July 2019
BLEISWIJK, the Netherlands: Dutch greenhouse construction company Havecon has announced that its manufacturing process, organisation and core products have been successfully certified as meeting HortiQ standards.
The 17th HortiQ certification places the Bleiswijk-based company among the best in the greenhouse construction industry worldwide.
Harm Maters, chairman of glasshouse construction and equipment sector trade body AVAG presented the certificate to Julian Geelhoed, Research & Business Development Engineer at Havecon, on June 27, 2019. Commenting on HortiQ’s seal of approval Geelhoed said, “Quality is key for Havecon. HortiQ certification is a way to demonstrate excellence and drive continuous improvement while adopting a self-critical approach.”
The Dutch greenhouse technology sector enjoys a strong reputation, both nationally and internationally. “HortiQ cerfication is very valuable tool in the growing national and international marketplace. Dutch greenhouse technology has built a global reputation for its quality standards and HortiQ further strengthens this learship position,” said Maters.
To receive a HortiQ certificate, companies are tested on their internal processes, organisation and the quality of the product they offer. The demands are based on the NEN standards as recorded in three quality handbooks. These handbooks have been drafted by the ‘Stichting Kwaliteit voor Installaties Nederland’ (KviNL, the Dutch organisation for monitoring the quality of installations). Checks on companies are performed by KIWA/Gastec; an independent certification organisation. The certificate is valid for three years, with intermediate annual checking. The handbooks are continuously updated to reflect the current level of technology and are also available in English for the international market.
The newly certified Havecon company joins an already existing family of HortiQ members including Bosman International, Certhon Build, Dalsem Tuinbouwprojecten, Enthoven Techniek, Gakon Horticultural Projects, Hoogendoorn Growth Management, J.M. van der Hoeven, Kubo Tuinbouwprojecten, PB Techniek, Van der Hoeven Horticultural Projects, Van Dijk Heating, Elektravon Haket, Alcomij, Metaal and Kunsstoffen Industrie Snelder, Vijverberg Beheer, Svensson and Zantingh.