Tulip mechanisation study tour to Holland.

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17/01/2014

Event Alert

HDC/CFC Tulip Mechanisation Study Tour North Holland

25 and 26 February 2014

05.30

Meet at Stansted Airport

At the HDC/CFC tulip workshop staged during April 2013 there was broad agreement amongst the growers who attended the event that they would like to look at Dutch tulip mechanisation during the early part of 2014.
With the help of Ian Collison, JA Collison and Sons, the HDC in conjunction with the CFC have now arranged a two day event for the 25 and 26 February 2014 to examine all aspects of tulip mechanisation. This will include fully automated bench production systems, as well as manual picking feeding into automated bunching and sleeving systems. The first day will concentrate on the equipment available from Potveer, while the second day will focus on the Bercomex systems.
New production techniques using ozonated air and water are also being developed in Holland to reduce losses (from disease and ethylene damage) in both the dry bulb stage and during rooting in the water trays. These new systems are being used by some of the nurseries which will be visited during the study tour, giving you an opportunity to see the new technology in use.
The HDC will fund the organisational and internal transport costs of the trip, participants are expected to pay for their own flights, hotel and meal costs. Once numbers have been confirmed, the CFC will block book the flights and accommodation and invoice the growers once the study tour has been completed. The total cost of the trip is likely to be around £250-300 per person. So that bookings can be made, confirmation is required by 22 January 2014.  Once bookings have been made, monies are non-refundable.
Event Itinerary

Date Event Contact
25 February 2014 05.30 Meet at Stansted airport (departures) for boarding pass distribution. 07.00 Flight from Stansted airport to Schiphol airport. 09.00 Arrive at Schiphol airport for onward travel by car/minibus. 10.30 Visit to Potveer factory, Avenhoorn. 12.00 Visit to Mts Kreuk, Andijk to look at debulbing machine Pro and Quality bunchers. 13.00 Lunch. 14.00 Visit to De Hout, Hem to look at four Quality bunchers. 15.30 G&K Reus, Lutjebroek to look at Tulipstar-Pro and sleeving robot. 17.00 Derck Schipper bulb export, Bovenkarspel to look at stacking robot. 18.00 Hotel and evening dinner. CFC Lyndon Mason 07771 984681.   HDC Wayne Brough 07875 098196
26 February 2014 09.00 Visit to Borst Tulips, Obdam to look at the whole production process including an automated container system, picking tulips from the containers on picking belts feeding into two Furora machines. 11.00 Visit to Bercomex factory, Hoorn, including lunch. 13.30 Visit to van der Gulik Tulips, Hoorn who are using manual picking carts which feed into a debulber and Furora machine. 15.00 Nursery visits arranged by Kess Greeve to look at automated bench systems and layered production systems. 18.00 Arrive back at Schiphol airport for dinner before catching 21.40 flight back to Stansted airport. 21.45 Arrive back at Stansted airport.  

To attend the study tour, please click on the ‘more information’ button and complete the booking form.
Alternatively, please contact Caroline Bloodworth, HDC Communications & Events Officer on 024 7647 8677 or at caroline.bloodworth@hdc.ahdb.org.uk.