Schneider kicks off construction of its new home in Altena

Author: Ron van der Ploeg

ALTENA, Netherlands: Construction of a new home for young plant producer Schneider  began on Thursday 4 June 2020 with a ceremony during which Altena’s counsellor, Matthijs van Oosten ‘ceremonially watered’ one of the latest breeding breakthroughs in petunias: Danziger’s Petunia Galaxy Lilac. In 2021, this new Petunia will be among a host of other seed-raised and cutting-raised young plants that will be grown in Schneider’s modern greenhouse complex in Altena.

Over the next few months, Schneider new headquarters will gradually take shape. Greenhouse constructor KG Systems has finished soil preparations and now is ready to see the greenhouse construction actually going up.

Schneider Altena will become three and a half hectares of state-of-the-art greenhouse (gutter height 6 metres, bay span width 12.80 metres), including a modern processing area hosting four automated cutting stickers. The plant propagating company ensures that the new greenhouse complex will minimise its environmental footprint with measures including smart lighting, screening, and cultivation techniques.

Located around 40kms east of Schneider’s current headquarters in Ridderkerk, the new location will boast several sustainable innovations with the greenhouse divided into different climate zones for young plant production and designed for the use of the latest benching technology.

Schneider Altena will rise from what was once a derelict and abandoned chrysanthemum nursery. The old property now has been completely demolished to make room for a brand-new complex.

Efficient greenhouse design will allow Schneider to realise young plants production in the most energy-efficient way and with a minimum amount of pesticides and fertilisers. And this fits in perfectly with the company’s sustainability goals.

Schneider Altena is scheduled for completion in November this year.

Drone video: a great deal of planning and soil preparation has gone into the site.

Last year, FCI sat down with Jacob Schneider to speak more about the company’s ethical compass, value proposition, sustainability goals and future. Read the full interview here

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