30th place in Hillenraad 100!

During the Hortigala on 1 November, it was announced that Ridder Drive Systems / HortiMaX had climbed 50 places on the Hillenraad 100 to a respectable 30th position. We’re both proud and delighted to be ranked so high on this list of leading companies in Dutch horticulture. We’d like to thank our partners and customers for the trust they’ve placed in us.    


Last Friday, it was that time again to celebrate the Hortigala and wait in anticipation for the Hillenraad top 100 to be announced. The Hillenraad 100 represents the top 100 leading companies in the Dutch horticultural sector. Last year, Ridder Drive Systems / HortiMaX took part for the first time and became the highest new entry at number 80!

Improvement through change

The theme this year was unlike that of previous years, partly owing to the different judging criteria. Turnover played a less important role in this time of crisis, but as a high performance company we know how to adapt to the changing circumstances in the market. What was striking yet illustrative this year was the décor used for the Hortigala: an old prison. This helped to convey the message of proactivity and flexibility. In other words, don’t remain imprisoned in your own world while simply watching the changes go by. Instead, move with these changes and try to break out. Adapting to these changing circumstances is the only way to survive in the long term.

An amazing 30th place!

The combination Ridder Drive Systems / HortiMaX was awarded 30th place in the ranking. Although we’d hoped to have risen a few spots this year, climbing 50 places surpassed all our expectations. 30th place is just fantastic! It shows that the committee, led by former Minister Willem Vermeend, really valued and respected our entry and the way in which we operate. We expect the market to pick up worldwide and that the changes we’re now going through will contribute to our future success.

Our journey doesn’t end here

We came in at No. 80 on the Hillenraad 100 and have now made it to No. 30. Furthermore, we’re now one of the top 3 technical suppliers in the Dutch horticultural sector. However, we have to keep improving ourselves and that we intend to do together with our partners and customers. Our journey doesn’t end here and we won’t be satisfied until we reach the premier league. We’d, therefore, like to thank all our partners and customers for the trust they’ve placed in us. 

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20-22 February
Gorinchem, The Netherlands

Shouguang Veg. Expo
20-22 March
Shouguang, China

9-11 May 2018, Booth #1342
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA

Hortiflorexpo IPM
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Beijing, China

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Amsterdam RAI, The Netherlands

Cultivate '18
14-17 July
Columbus, OH, USA

Canadian Greenhouse Conference
3+4 October
Niagra Falls, Canada

Expo AgroAlimentaria
13-16 November
Irapuato Mexico