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Farmers and growers worldwide need to be able to adopt their own individual approach to efficient and sustainable controlled environment agriculture. This is the promise that Ridder, as an international family-owned company, fulfils by translating more than 65 years of Dutch agri-food expertise into adaptive technology and know-how that is tailored precisely to local needs and conditions.
Klaas van de Poppe
CEO Ridder Group
CFO Ridder Group
Joep van den Bosch
CIO Ridder Group
Paul de Haan
Managing Director Drive Systems
Managing Director Growing Solutions
Managing Director Climate Screens
At Ridder, the drive to innovate is in our DNA. We are also committed to finding the best possible solution. The balanced combination of these two characteristics has enabled Ridder to evolve into the experienced market leader in technical solutions for the horticulture, intensive livestock and crop storage sectors. Today, Ridder has customers in more than 100 countries, who receive support from international offices and a global partner network.
Our future health and wellbeing will largely depend on a successful global transition to efficient controlled environment agriculture. Ridder’s effective knowledge sharing processes and pragmatic solutions are essential in helping growers and farmers all over the world to achieve this goal - in their own way.
Growing food efficiently doesn't need to be difficult or complicated. That's what Ridder’s founder, Frans Nugteren, decided in back 1952 when he set up a small contracting firm from his farm. At the time, people assumed he was just lazy and trying to avoid the hard work that farming involved. But in fact, the opposite was true: it was precisely because farming involved so much hard labour that Frans Nugteren wanted to find ways to make it easier and improve the quality of the work.
What began with the invention of a simple farming tool grew into a successful global family company specializing in the development of innovative mechanization and automation solutions in agriculture and horticulture. In 1963, less than decade after it was founded, the company started selling outside the Netherlands. In the following years, the company began focusing on the development of drive systems for protected agriculture and horticulture, and expansion of its business operations took centre stage. Today, Ridder, with its robust drive systems, water-saving technology, sophisticated process automation, labour-saving management systems and smart climate screens, is a market leader thanks to its long experience in international agriculture and horticulture. Frans Nugteren's pioneering ideas live on in the way that Ridder works with its customers to address challenges in today’s global agriculture and horticulture sectors.Learn more? Download our corporate brochure
Our changing world is a serious challenge for global agriculture. Our future health and wellbeing will largely depend on a successful global transition to efficient and sustainable production methods.
At Ridder, we are happy to help farmers and growers achieve this goal. How do we do this? We start by talking to local experts, in order to translate over 65 years of Dutch agri-food expertise into innovative adaptive technology and know-how, which can be geared very precisely to local needs and conditions.
With the help of our expertise, commitment, intelligent systems and practical solutions, farmers and growers can adopt their own individual approach to efficient and sustainable controlled environment agriculture, wherever they are located in the world.