Compilation: this was 2019!
A new decade! An excellent moment to look ahead, but in the first week of 2020 we would first like to look back on the past year. Because we have had a great year with many highlights!
Watch and read along with the compilation of events from the Havecon year 2019.
First pile new office building
The new year was just over a week old or the first milestone could already be celebrated: On January 9, under the watchful eye of the Dutch Havecon team, the first pole for our brand-new office building went into the ground. With a glass of bubbles in hand, we toasted to the kick-off of the construction of a great new office!
The Havecon team watches from our balcony how the first pole goes into the ground.
And there he goes: the first post of the new office building.
Exhibitions in 2019
During the year we were present at various fairs in the Netherlands and abroad. In February we kicked off our exhibition year with the horticultural trade fair for (glass) horticulture in Gorinchem (NL): the Horticontact.
The Horticontact 2019 exhibition team.
Halfway through June it was time for the second exhibition in our home country, but with a strong international character: the Greentech in the Amsterdam RAI. In addition to our own stand, we were also represented at a new initiative together with various partners: the Cannabis Pavilion. We facilitated the 'shell' of the pavilion with a specially developed greenhouse construction.
The stand crew of the Greentech 2019.
The greenhouse frame of the new Cannabis Pavilion on the Greentech 2019 under construction.
The first exhibition in North America in 2019 was the Canadian version of the Horticonact, the Canadian Greenhouse Conference (CGC) in October. The 40th edition of this exhibition, but also an anniversary for us: it was the tenth time that we were present.
The European and North American 'Sales Force' united at the start of the 40th CGC.
The closing of the 2019 trading year was formed by the largest (medicinal) cannabis trade fair in the world: the MJBizCon in bustling Las Vegas, USA on 11, 12 and 13 December.
HortiDaily photographed the Havecon experts at our booth in Las Vegas.
12.5 year anniversary: Open Day and Party Evening
Saturday 11 May was a fantastic day with a double celebration: we celebrated our 12.5 year anniversary and the commissioning of the new industrial halls and factory in the summer of 2018. The afternoon was set aside for an open house and a big party for colleagues, customers and relations was on the program in the evening. For those who want to relive the day, click here. The after movie can be found here.
With the push of a button through the Verbakel daughters, the opening of the new industrial halls became official.
The anniversary was also seized for the development and launch of a completely new corporate video, which you can review again at your leisure below.
Nomination and top 10 listing FD Gazellen
In October we received the news that we, as one of the 770 fastest growing companies, were nominated for FD Gazelles of 2019.
FD Gazellen nomination (Dutch)
The Awards were presented on Thursday 14 November and it turned out that we are among the top 10 in the West region! An achievement that we are very proud of as a team . The Award is therefore displayed in a central location in our new office.
Our FD Gazelle award.
Havecon in the media
2019 also was a year in which we frequently featured the media. In October there was a nice interview in KAS (Greenhouse) Magazine and a month later we could be seen and heard in a news item in the Economy section of nu.nl, the biggest online news platform in the Netherlands. In the same month, Havecon was the subject of a television program of the regional broadcasting station RTV Lansingerland, called 'The backyard'.
Nice overview of our article in the October issue of KAS Magazine.
Havecon, a unique Dutch company according to nu.nl. It gave us the first ranking on the Economy section of the online
news platform in the weekend of November 16 and 17.
The recordings for the program 'The back yard' by RTV Lansingerland are in full swing.
Relocation to new office building
After more than three-quarters of a year's construction, the last day of October finally arrived: the day we moved to our new office building, the Dutch HQ. Below is a photo impression of both the interior and exterior.
Photo collage of the interior of the brand new Dutch office (HQ).
And the end result of the exterior (north side).
Strategic cooperation with BOM Group
Just before the Christmas break, a great announcement could be made. As part of a new partnership with PB Tec and VB, called Atrium Agri, we have participated in the Bom Group.
A combination that is incomparable in terms of volume and impact.
With this cooperation we took an important step together with our partners in the direction of renowned horticultural companies joining forces. Not in a no-obligation collaboration but with a strong commitment. It is essential that as Atrium Agri have a shared vision of the future, the willingness to share, innovate and the will to learn from each other.
All four companies remain independent and retain their name and identity. But all our combined customers will benefit from purchasing benefits, professionalization, joint innovations and cost savings.
For all details and updates of our projects in 2019, please refer to our project and news page. But to give you an idea of the past year in key figures, we have listed the most important data for you:
# Havecon and the Voorwinden Group have built a total of more than 135 hectares of greenhouses
# in 7 different countries
# in which 4000 tons of aluminum and 7500 tons of steel are processed
Fast start of 2020!
So far our good Havecon year 2019 in a nutshell. But 2020 also has a fast start for us!
Keep an eye on our site and Social Media channels, because very soon there will be various announcements and updates about new projects that were started just before the end of last year or where we will start in the first weeks of the new year.