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    Den Berk Délice opts for quality and reliability from Signify again

     
    March 1, 2021
     
    • Market leader Signify supplies an expansion of hybrid lighting installation with LED toplighting
    • Longer and more effective lighting is possible thanks to the higher capacity of LEDLowers bar for growers and entrepreneurs to start a new vertical farm
    Eindhoven, the Netherlands – Den Berk Délice from Merksplas in Belgium is expanding their cultivation area with 7,3 ha. The new greenhouse is being equipped for the cultivation of flavored tomatoes. Market leader Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) will supply the hybrid lighting installation, with a light level of 265 µmol/s/m2. Hereby Belgium’s largest tomato grower opts for quality and reliability again. In 2019 Signify already supplied a hybrid installation of 180 µmol/s/m2 for 9,7 ha.
     

    The new greenhouse of Den Berk Délice will be realized at location Berkenrijs in Rijkevorsel, next to location Salmmeir, where the first lighting installation from Signify was realized in 2019. “It will be our third location for lit cultivation”, according to partner and co-founder Koen Lauwerysen. “We took a broad orientation, and eventually our two current suppliers remained. Looking at the long term, we choose for Signify with full conviction. They have the most experience, deliver products of consistent and high quality, and are a frontrunner in innovation and knowledge development.  Furthermore, the team thinks along with us and practices what they preach. That fits perfectly with our ambition to supply consumers and retailers with the tastiest tomatoes year-round.”

    The light plan was created in close consultation between Den Berk and Signify’s account manager and plant specialist. The hybrid lighting installation consists of 50% HPS and 50% Philips GreenPower LED toplighting compact containing red and blue light, delivering respectively 90 and 175 µmol/s/m2 PAR-light. This light level is exceptionally high for tomato cultivation in Northwest Europe.

    A“It is a conscious decision”, Lauwerysen explains. “The developments go quickly, and with this configuration we can make the step to a higher light level for the same electricity usage as at Salmmeir. It is a good step towards further sustainability of our company. Thanks to the higher capacity of LED we can use the lighting longer and with higher efficacy in the period of April/May, when the heat radiation from the HPS is less necessary. Our expectation is that the LEDs will be turned on for 3.000 hours per year, against 2.600 hours for the HPS.”

     

    Business leader Horticulture LED solutions Udo van Slooten of Signify reacts delighted to the decision of Den Berk Délice. “We see that quality is becoming more important in the customer’s decision-making process.”, he says. “In other words: as supplier you have to keep your promises. Signify’s LED grow lights are always extensively tested for quality and comply to the international standards that we hold. This guarantees a high quality product. And with that, we were also able to convince Den Berk!”

     

    The new greenhouse at Den Berk will be realized at the end of August. Planting will take place in week 36. The LED lights will be installed in week 40, after which the entire installation is ready for use.

     

    For more information about Signify’s solutions for horticulture, please visit our website.

    For further information, please contact:

     

    Global Marcom Manager Horticulture at Signify

    Daniela Damoiseaux

    Tel: +31 6 31 65 29 69

    E-mail: daniela.damoiseaux@signify.com

    About Signify

    Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) is the world leader in lighting for professionals and consumers and lighting for the Internet of Things. Our Philips products, Interact connected lighting systems and data-enabled services, deliver business value and transform life in homes, buildings and public spaces. With 2019 sales of EUR 6.2 billion, we have approximately 37,000 employees and are present in over 70 countries. We unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world. We achieved carbon neutrality in 2020, have been in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index since our IPO for four consecutive years and were named Industry Leader in 2017, 2018 and 2019. News from Signify is located at the Newsroom, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Information for investors can be found on the Investor Relations page.

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