Ridder Drive Systems takes over HortiMaX

Call for co-operation leads to takeover

Ridder Drive SystemsHarderwijk, the Netherlands, 25 October 2011 - Ridder Drive Systems in the Netherlands has completed its takeover of HortiMaX. Representatives from both companies concluded the transaction on 19 October 2011. Albert ’t Hart, Managing Director of Ridder Drive Systems, is pleased with the agreement and emphasises that the takeover arose from a need for co-operation and a pooling of knowledge.

‘Ridder Drive Systems, a family concern, is not on an acquisition path’, said Albert ’t Hart. ‘We are looking for partnerships with other suppliers in the horticultural sector. The Dutch horticultural sector has always been a trendsetter abroad. This also applies to Dutch suppliers. We can only strengthen that position, however, if we collaborate with others. That is why the sector expressed its intention to work together internationally. We are one of the first companies to turn those words into action by finalising our partnership with HortiMaX. The fact that this later became a takeover is irrelevant.

‘There is still plenty of room for innovation in the Netherlands and abroad’, said Ad de Koning, director research and development at HortiMaX. ‘A good example of this is the potential for development in systems integration. Growers, however, need tangible results. They require overall solutions which optimise growing processes and production control. Our aim is to help greenhouse builders and installation contractors provide these solutions. Technical innovation of specific systems no longer meets the needs of the horticultural sector. This applies to the Dutch market, but it is even more critical to success in other countries. That is why cooperation between the suppliers of greenhouse builders is vital to our sector. ’

Ridder and HortiMaX will pool their knowledge and resources to better serve suppliers and growers, both in the Netherlands and abroad. ‘Co-operation with other suppliers is a logical step’, said Leo Nugteren, Research & Development Director. ‘Combining our knowledge and experience in environmental control, control engineering and drive technology will allow us to supply even better, more innovative and more affordable systems, which will represent a leap forward for the horticultural sector.’

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