Looking back on 2021: exponential growth, innovative developments, and new locations

2021 was another year in which COVID-19 and all its variants were unable to keep us down. It was actually a good year for Limex, as we achieved impressive turnover growth despite everything. In fact, our order book is almost completely full until June 2022. “All this has only been possible thanks to all the hard-working colleagues, fine customers, and loyal partners. Thank you for your tireless efforts and enthusiasm!”  Joep Janssen, Limex Management

What made 2021 such a ground-breaking year for us? The following highlights stand out:

1. The development of a brand new NFT gutter washer

Although hydroponics is nothing new, this market is evolving faster than ever. The increasing demand for NFT gutter washers encouraged us to think about a gutter washer that could achieve the best cleaning result possible with minimal waste. The very first Limex NFT gutter washer was commissioned in December 2021, and achieved everything wanted of it: a closed system that filters and reuses water intensively, precisely designed to respond to washing needs and get ultra-clean results. All without using any soap!

Read more about our NFT gutter washers.

2. The successful elimination of Fusarium

Finally a solution for the infamous Fusarium fungus, which occurs in harvest crates and propagation trays among other places, and which can cause wilting and rotting. Limex conducted ‘Green Agro Control’ tests with an independent laboratory to eliminate this fungus as effectively as possible. Although Fusarium is by nature difficult to eradicate, the results turned out to be very positive. Thanks to these good outcomes, we can provide nurseries with sound and well-founded advice on fungal control.

Read more about the successful cleaning method to eliminate Fusarium.

3. Further development and improvement of the foam disinfection technique using Menno Florades

Automation and upscaling has made nurseries more vulnerable, resulting in a growing demand for a more intensive cleaning method. Foam disinfection with Menno Florades was therefore introduced in the horticultural sector a few years ago. Limex has developed a disinfection unit that uses this module. Limex improved this technique last year, so that the machine applies the foam more accurately, consumption is reduced, and the process is easier to control.

Read more about the foam technique.

4. Turnover growth due to the rental of crate washing machines

Our crate washers can be either bought or rented. To respond to the growing demand for the rental of our washing machines, the range of rental units has been expanded with several new machines. Some old crate washers have also been replaced or overhauled. Let’s start the new year with a clean slate!

View all the benefits of renting our machines.

5. Geographical growth

Our machines can be found worldwide in more than 60 countries on almost every continent. We’re delighted that we were able to add more countries to this impressive list again this year; South Korea and Mexico.

Future vision

Joep Janssen: “Like every machine builder, we’re expecting challenges in the supply chain and shortages on the labour market during 2022. Shortages in the labour market could ultimately slow down the development of our company. But we’re not just sitting back!

In the coming years, Limex will adopt a more structured project approach and more intensive standardisation. We also aim to respond even better to the wishes of current and future colleagues. We’re entering 2022 with a solid dose of energy, and wish everyone a healthy and happy new year. Be kind to each other, and enjoy!”

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This is what satisfied customers say about us

Limex tray and raft washing machine lowers water use and improves cultivation hygiene at De Kruidenaer

Christ Monden: “After I gave Joep Janssen a tour in the greenhouse and shared my wishes, he immediately had an idea of our wishes and the practical applications. That ultimately led to the installation of the washer, which enabled us to save a lot of water”

Improved cultivation hygiene for ImHofBio thanks to the Limex tray washing system

After examining many different machines, we finally settled on purchasing our new machine from Limex. We received competent and thorough advice before buying. Limex also adapted the new machine to our needs. In addition, our first few experiences have shown that the after-sales service and advice from Limex is also fantastic. – Hansjürg Imhof

Fully automatic washing line for Royal De Ree Holland

“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

Limex crate and tray washer at Jungpflanzen Gernert

“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

Limex develops process for hygienic cleaning of propagation trays

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

5 Tray washers in 4 years at Svenska Skogsplantor

“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

Hishtil and Limex announce intensive collaboration

“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

Limex crate washer at Boer Erik

“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

Limex Bucket Washer at Veiling Holambra Brazil

“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

Limex trolley washer helps improve hygiene at WPK Vegetable Plants

“This investment improves our capacity to keep any potential threats at bay,” says Erik van der Arend, general manager at WPK Vegetable Plants.

LCS/Royal FloraHolland Bucket Washers

“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