Netafim, an Orbia Company, Acquires Dutch Greenhouse Company Gakon to Meet Growing Demand for Local All-Climate Food Production

by Orbia | Mar 15, 2021

TEL AVIV, Israel, March 15, 2021 -- Netafim, the global leader of precision irrigation solutions and agricultural projects and part of the Orbia community of companies, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Dutch turn-key greenhouse project provider Gakon Horticultural Projects. Netafim 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 and services to meet increasing global demand for sustainable, secure and locally-grown fresh produce.

The acquisition is synergistic, combining Netafim's global presence and expertise and Gakon's greenhouse technology. With 56 years of agricultural project experience and an array of advanced irrigation technologies utilized in 80% of the world's professional greenhouses, Netafim is well-established as a leading player in precision agriculture. Gakon brings unique expertise in all aspects of greenhouse project execution, glasshouse manufacturing capabilities, and a proven track record in key verticals. The expanded offering from this acquisition is comprehensive, offering the best greenhouse technologies and services that will enable farmers to maximize their productivity and efficiency in all climate conditions.

"Greenhouse projects were already a strategic priority for Netafim, with COVID-19 further validating the importance of food security and a local, fresh supply. 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 that will support them and their communities with food security," says Gabriel Miodownik, President of Netafim.

Says Pieter van Berchum, Director of Gakon,  "Teaming up with Netafim unlocks a world of opportunities for us. We are excited to be able to apply our deep knowledge and skills in greenhouse horticulture to new markets and be part of a group that is set to drive forward sustainable and profitable crop production."

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