A look back at 2020

This last year through the eyes of director Joep.

A look back at a busy and dynamic 2020. This year, our 30th anniversary year, started with a well-filled order book. Unfortunately, the first lockdown in March caused quite a bit of uncertainty and we had to cancel our anniversary celebration. Fortunately, projects could continue ‘normally’ and new orders continued to come in, but Covid-19 certainly had an effect on our business. Since suppliers could not deliver or could only supply less, we built up extra stock ourselves and double-ordered materials at an early stage, to avoid dependence on external parties.

Gratitude

Colleagues, for whom it was possible, have been working from home as much as possible. Despite the fact that this puts a strain on our mutual bond between colleagues, it has fortunately remained strong. And I would really like to compliment the entire team again on that!

Customers noticed little or nothing of all the negative effects of Covid-19, and project delivery deadlines were almost all met on time. Assembly and start-up on-site was more challenging in some cases, due to the travel restrictions on our technicians. Our colleagues’ commitment and flexibility helped us to still make 2020 a very successful year. Gratitude is the predominating emotion here, especially as anyone who looks back on the past year will realize that this could not be taken for granted.

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Highlights of 2020

Last year we realized a number of large and really great developments, and I would like to highlight a few here:

  • We reached national and international media because a laboratory study showed that our method ensures successful removal of tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) from tomato-picking crates.
  • An outstandingly intensive, but successful development took place in Dry Hydroponics rafts. This makes it possible to properly clean rafts with heavy soiling, in situations where intensive filtering is important. This has led to the first four orders (in the Netherlands and America), and this development will continue in the coming year, and it will be marketed even more widely.
  • We have been able to supply various foam units in Germany and the Netherlands, in which Menno Florades is foamed, and excess foam is reused. The successful collaboration with Menno Chemie Vertrieb is thus further intensified.
  • Our team of passionate people has grown, because we have even welcomed a few new colleagues to join us this year. And we would like to continue this growth in 2021!
  • We welcomed a new reseller in Australia: Matman Australia, which is a spin-off company of Matman New Zealand.
  • In collaboration with BÈTA Industrie BV, we have gained a lot of experience with the use of vibrating filters. Five units have already been put into operation, and they have eliminated the need for paper belt filters.
  • We were awarded various grants, which gives us the opportunity to support and improve our current developments. These were particularly welcome awards to help us in our fight for better hygiene in horticulture and floriculture.

The year is almost over now, and our order book is still well filled. We are looking forward to the coming year in good spirits. It really cannot go wrong with such a great team of colleagues.

Hopefully there will be an opportunity later in the coming year to really celebrate our (at that time) 31st anniversary!

For now, I wish everyone the best of health. Take good care of each other, stick to the prescribed measures and support the care workers wherever possible.

Yours sincerely

Joep

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This is what satisfied customers say about us

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“What we now have is a system that washes the transport crates far better than the previous installation, and the number of operators has been reduced from three to just one.”- Joost van den Berg

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“The trays are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with foam from Menno Florades. The washing result could be seen very quickly from the better root quality.” – Achim Gernert

Intensive and sustainable crate washer for Wijnen Square Crops

“With this washer, we can be sure that the crates that come out of the machine are clean and free from viruses and other diseases; we can use them in our processes without risk.” – Koen Saris

Meet our sustainable partner: PlantLab

“We are excited about the washing result of the Limex machine. We like to share our plans and working method with a company like Limex that is also committed to sustainability and we are looking forward to a beautiful and successful collaboration in the future!” – Mr. Hans van Scheijndel

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“Limex is developing constantly to meet our increasingly stringent requirements. We can recommend Limex with a clear conscience.” – Oliver Schneider

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“Our collaboration with Limex has worked very well. A supplier that we will continue to work with and can recommend as a good partner.“ – Niclas Noord

Limex crate washers at Wesselman Flowers

“During cultivation, we see cycle after cycle of tulips emerging uniformly. An extra benefit is that the machine can remove the TVX virus. I can certainly recommend a Limex washer to every tulip grower.” – Joost Wesselman

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“The fruits of this productive collaboration between Limex and Hishtil permit both companies to offer their customers the best sanitation solution and healthy propagating material that will allow them to maximize crop quality and yields.” – Amit Dagan

Silver – our tray washer partner in Chile

“It is a pleasure for us to work with Limex, which is aware of the problems of hygiene and water scarcity that concern us in Chile and some regions.” – Martin Campos

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“I have seen Limex machines at other fruit growers, even one that has been in use for 25 years and is still running. When I invest, I think it is important to invest in high-quality and well-functioning products that I will be able to use for years to come.” – Boer Erik

Industrial tray and trolley washing machines for Ontario Plants Propagation, Canada

“I’m really proud that we get such large, intensive trolley and tray washers.” – Pieter van Dijk

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“The delivery of the bucket washer from Limex has fully met all our expectations! Limex has now a satisfied customer in Brazil!” – André van Kruijssen

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“The Limex washers are an indispensable component for a successful service to LCS!” – Jan van Hoef

Sustainable box cleaner Scherpenhuizen

For distribution centre Scherpenhuizen, Limex supplied a boxwasher, type KKW6000NS for sustainable washing of boxes where the water is heated by high-quality residual heat from cooling.

Limex tray washer at Bergvik Skog Plantor

“To have a tray washer that works this great has really boosted our production at the nursery. The growing trays gets clean and we can use them over and over again in our production without any problems. I can highly recommend any forest plant producer to use a Limex Washer in their production line.” – Ronny Anngren

Limex crate washer at Banken Champignons

“The Limex crate washer meets our hygiene requirements (microbiological cleanliness) and produces a drying result of less than four grams per crate. This allows an output of 5,600 clean crates per hour, and that maintains our delivery capacity at an optimal level. ” – Jurgen Banken