Over the coming years the growing world population will put added pressure on the availability of locally produced, safe and healthy food and considerable innovations are required in this respect. The introduction of efficient greenhouse horticulture on a global scale will therefore play an increasingly important role in food production. This will be supplemented by small-scale indoor cultivation of specific crops through the ‘vertical farming’ and ‘urban farming’ principles.
From the horticultural heart of the world in the Westland area, the Netherlands is the second largest exporter of food in the world. Researchers, governments, breeders, growers, greenhouse producers, greenhouse builders and other suppliers combine all their knowledge and experience and work closely together to find an efficient and sustainable solution to global food problems in order to produce healthy and safe food with the highest possible yield.
An independent reliable partner
A reliable innovative and independent partner like Alcomij plays a key role in this process of sustainable and controlled cultivation. Since 1969, it has been supplying high quality and smart horticultural solutions to safeguard the desired continuity, diversity and high yields in protected cultivation.
Driven by quality and innovation
As a committed and dedicated partner with a good understanding of the market, it engineers and manufactures steel greenhouse structures and smart aluminium greenhouse roof, wall and heating systems, flower trolleys and mobile benches.
Alcomij walks the talk and works together on long term relationships. Driven by quality and innovation, its R&D and production department is constantly improving the product portfolio and modernising the production facilities for both steel and aluminium to ensure that the production capacity better reflects market needs.
In short, Alcomij is a reliable, modern and solid horticulture partner operating from the heart of Dutch horticulture!
1. Start project
Each of our horticulture solution is custom. Therefore, good contact throughout the entire project with you and your customer is vital to ensure that the most comprehensive and optimal system is selected.
2. Technical design
Our team of engineers are there to ensure your customer’s new greenhouse meets all requirements and local applicable standards and loads.
For the realisation of your customer’s (international) project, we work in close collaboration with you as greenhouse construction partner.
All our horticulture solutions are packed with care and delivered Ex Works ‘s-Gravenzande, Netherlands.
Research & Development
Our research & development colleague’s are all driven by quality and innovation. They work continuously on improvements to our product range.
Close collaboration for new concepts
Innovation starts with really understanding the specific requirements of our greenhouse construction partners and their customers. Our in-house research and development team works in close collaboration with our sales and engineering team, and other stakeholders like governments, breeders, researchers etc.. They combine all their knowledge and experience and work closely together to find an efficient and sustainable solution to global food problems in order to produce healthy and safe food with the highest possible yield.
Sustainable and controlled cultivation
As reliable innovative and independent partner we play a key role in this process of sustainable and controlled cultivation. Since 1969, Alcomij has been supplying high quality and smart horticultural solutions to safeguard the desired continuity, diversity and high yields in protected cultivation.
Our sales really knows what’s important: a high-end and reliable greenhouse horticulture solution which allows the cultivation and efficient handling of crops in the most effective, sustainable and controlled way. Together with our greenhouse construction partners they play a key role across the world in the sustainable and controlled cultivation process.
First point of contact
Our dedicated sales team is your first point of contact during the bid stage and for aftersales matters. They, together with our team of engineers, will do their utmost to match the horticulture solutions to your and your customer’s specific requirements using MathCad program ‘Glazenstad’ for calculating the loads according to the most appropriate local standards and TNO/CASTA for all steel calculations.
Sound market insight
The long and extensive experience of our sales colleague’s has enabled us to develop a sound market insight, allowing us to work meticulously and diligently to supply the most appropriate and complete systems to you and your customers of high quality at an appropriate price.
All our greenhouse roofs are in-house calculated and 3D engineered by our own team of engineers using the very latest equipment and software. Together with sales they support you and your customer every step of the way in selecting the most comprehensive and optimal system.
Meeting all standards
Just like sales, our engineers also make use a MathCad program ‘Glazenstad’, developed especially by TNO, to ensure that your customer’s new greenhouse roof system meets all local applicable standards and loads. Steel calculations are made with the latest TNO/CASTA version and for irregular structure calculations they use FEA (Finite Element Analysis).
An aligned project planning
Contact with you and your customer is vital! Not only to make sure that we can provide a system that enables your customer to cultivate in the most efficient, sustainable and controlled way. But also, to keep aligned on the project planning and to ensure that our production shedule matches the delivery expectations.
As a company, we believe in ongoing innovation and high quality. That is why we continuously invest in modernising our 20.000-square-meter steel and aluminium production facility.
Modern production facilities
By adding new smart automated high-end machinery to our aluminium and steel production line, we ensure that our production capacity keeps up with the current market demand for the production of steel greenhouse constructions, smart aluminium greenhouse roof, gable and heating systems, flower trolleys and mobile benches.
Next to the fact that all our welders are certified according to the RWC (Responsible Welding Coordinator) for the welding methods used, we’re also NEN-EN-ISO 9001, HORTIQ BRL8001 and FPC EN-1090-1 EXc2 certified.
In addition to the modernisation of our high-end machine park, we’ve also been investing heavily in our logistics facilities these recent years. This allows us to prepare your transport of the materials for your large horticultural projects efficiently.
Modern loading methods
The transportation of your materials are obviously arranged by you or your customer, we offer enough space to load all your transport vehicles at once using the most modern loading methods.
Good communication is important
Communication is of great importance. Especially in transport processes such as these, where planning and coordination must be well alligned. After all, together we must ensure that the greenhouse construction activities can start without delay. That is why our sales and engineers will maintain close contact with you at this stage of the process.
Innovations at Alcomij
At Alcomij, we believe in ongoing innovation and high quality. That is why we continuously work on improving our product range and modernising our own steel and aluminium production facilities. This to allow the most appropriate solution and to ensure that our production capacity is a perfect match for current market demand.
Examples of our successful innovation over the years include:
Alcomij’s foldable stacking crate is based on the wishes and requirements for food safety, permitted loads, health & safety and efficiency! These multifunctional hot-dip galvanised steel crates can be completely dismantled, which is convenient when the crates are not in use and there is less storage and/or transport volume available. The new crate is fully interchangeable with the old steel crate so the transition from the old to the new crate can take place gradually.
Folder – Solutions in cultivation logistics
The Moduline is an aluminium mobile bench especially designed to utilise the growing surface within the greenhouse as efficiently as possible.
Thanks to the introduction of the Moduline growing bench, a new export market emerged. The simple and modulair design of the bench allowes assembling anywhere in the world without specific knowledge.
A smart aluminium flower trolley, especially designed for Royal FloraHolland for efficient transport of millions of flowers and plants at the distribution centres.
The merger of FloraHolland and VA (United Flower Auction Aalsmeer) created the need for a uniform flower trolley. As home supplier of these flower trolleys, Alcomij was invited to think along with the 1-Kar project. Alcomij modified and built around 260.000 aluminum flower trolleys at that time.
Our aluminium growing benches help your customer to utilise the growing surface as efficiently as possible.
The production of the first growing bench arose from the collaboration with Logiqs at the end of 2004 / beginning of 2005. Logiqs – specialist in the field of internal transportation systems – asked to think along about the efficient production of aluminum growing benches. Logiqs has knowledge of logistics cultivation systems and Alcomij of production and welding of Aluminum. A good match that leads to an exclusive collaboration and to this day can still be called intensive.
Start production steel gutters & greenhouse constructions
Our steel gutters serve as drainage for rainwater and our greenhouse constructions serve as substructure construction for production greenhouses.
With the arrival of the AC and APD Wals in 1972, Alcomij started the production of steel gutters. During that time, Alcomij produced an average of 50 tons of steel gutters per day.
First aluminium greenhouse roof system
The need for vegetables grown under glass increased considerably after the Second World War and led to the construction of the first connected greenhouses. These traditional greenhouses were mainly built with wood, steel and glass. When in the late 1960s the production of aluminum extrusion profiles came on a more industrial scale and thus became more affordable, growers and greenhouse constructions companies switched from wood to aluminum. Therewith, the first aluminum greenhouse roof system for conditioned cultivation was born.
With the start of Alcomij, the very first production of aluminum greenhouse system components such as the ridge P4178, the rod P10.091, the side profile, bottom and top rail, ridge connection clamps, counter-wire hook and the corner connection hook began.