Fruit and vegetable processor, Hessing Supervers, wants to build a new 'factory of the future'. It will be the Greenport Venlo area in North Limburg, the Netherlands. This new production location should allow Hessing is taking an important strategic step. That should guarantee the company's continuity and growth in 2021 and beyond. Construction will start in early 2021. The plant is expected to be operational two years later.
Hessing Supervers' new 'factory of the future' should ensure this Dutch company's continuity and growth.
Higher demand for meals and freshly processed fruit and vegetables leads to growth
Processing, washing, and packaging fresh fruit and vegetables demand a high-quality, efficient production process. That places high demands on production locations. Hessing Supervers' new 'factory of the future' will soon offer plenty of opportunities to expand capacity. Further automation, mechanization, and robotization of production processes are also on the cards. Besides innovation, sustainability, and circularity in the production process will play an important role.
This family business is deeply rooted in North Holland. However, a new production location in the south of the country is a logical choice. That's according to Hessing Supervers' CEO, Frank Hessing. "We do a significant number of our production processes in Helmond and Belfeld [in the south of the Netherlands] and Schwalmtal [in Germany]. A new factory near Venlo offers opportunities to centralize and optimize those activities. It has considerable synergy gains." The production location in Zwaagdijk-Oost, in North Holland, will remain. That includes office support.
Hessing is pleased with the choice of the Greenport Venlo area. "North Limburg is known as an Agrifood region; we fit in well," he says. Hubert Mackus of the Province of Limburg is responsible for, among other things, agriculture. He's also pleased with Hessing Supervers' imminent arrival. "It fits in seamlessly with the Venlo region. And with the region's goals and developments."
"Their position within this ecosystem will ensure an even stronger Limburg agrifood chain. The company is a welcome partner. It'll work with SMEs, knowledge institutions, and government bodies. That will be on social issues, for example, within the theme of future farming. Hessing Supervers's arrival benefits employment in the province. It encourages other companies to establish themselves in Limburg too," Mackus concludes.
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