Art van Rijn, owner of Artechno reflects on 2022. Despite all the challenges, Art speaks of "a fantastic" year. In 2023, among other things, Artechno will be moving into new premises to continue its growth, as there are plenty of ambitions ahead.
Art van Rijn
"Now we're mainly building vertical farms that are primarily growing leafy vegetables, baby leaves and herbs, but our systems can be applied much more broadly these days. Think about cannabis for instance or plant propagation for vegetable and ornamental crops. This is something we'll be investigating more in the upcoming years. Yet, we also want to focus more on nutritional values than just productivity."
Interest and recognition in vertical farming were already growing in recent years, but in the past year, Art has seen 'a huge acceleration'. He sees more and more potential parties getting involved in automated farming. "That offers opportunities for innovative vertical farming systems with potential customers," he adds.
In the interview, Art also discusses the company's relocation to larger premises in Westland (a demo center for trials will remain at the current location), the appointment of a new CEO (Marco van der Velden) and international growth, including a local office in Dubai (Michael Morgan is working there for Artechno). In addition, the director announced that AquaLeap will continue as a separate business. This company operates in the field of water technology in both the greenhouse and vertical farming markets. AquaLeap offers Aqualux water disinfection units.
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