Bruynzeel helps grow vegetables in buildings in Paris
PANNINGEN, Netherlands, March 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Bruynzeel Storage Systems, the European leader in space-saving storage systems, supplies the French company Champerché with mobile storage systems for growing vegetables in vacant buildings. It is a former car park of 1,300 m2 in the western suburbs of Paris (Sartrouville). Aromatic herbs, vegetables and fruits are grown here. Vertical farming makes it possible to grow almost any type of crop indoors anywhere in the world. The long-term goal is to help Paris region becomes self-sufficient by growing high-quality, sustainably grown fresh food. The “vertical farm” of Paris is now in operation.
Promising vertical farming
Growing crops in buildings and in multiple layers on top of each other is also known as vertical farming. These closed and controlled environments ensure stable conditions where crops are grown using advanced cultivation methods. In this way, 90% less water and much less land area is needed (10 to 20 times less) than with traditional agriculture. In addition, there is no soil and air pollution: the use of pesticides is unnecessary. In addition, by producing locally in cities (urban agriculture), much less polluting transport is necessary.
Champerché is a French company that has focused on urban agriculture through vertical farming since its founding in 2017. Bruynzeel provides Champerché with storage systems for stackable and portable hydroponic systems. The use of mobile shelving guarantees a better yield per m². These systems are designed specifically to accommodate plants, water and ventilation systems.
Alexandre Collot d’Escury, CEO of Bruynzeel: “Growing crops via vertical farming offers many advantages. Growing crops in multiple layers on top of each other in buildings allows for sustainable, efficient and fully controlled cultivation. In many cities, large numbers of commercial and office buildings are empty. The use of these buildings for agriculture creates a safe, healthy and sustainable way to provide the rapidly growing urban population with locally produced fresh food. We want to contribute with our systems to the rapid growth of this local and sustainable form of horticulture by drastically reducing the footprint.We call it “Creating Space for a Healthy Planet”.
Perfectly usable storage systems for vertical farming
Due to their robustness and efficient use of space, storage systems from Bruynzeel are ideally suited for vertical farming. By adding wire shelves, LED lighting and a water distribution system to a mobile storage system, vertical farming systems can be brought up and running quickly at relatively low cost. The use of mobile storage systems in a conditioned space is essential for a high yield per m².
About Bruynzeel storage systems
Bruynzeel Storage Systems is the European market leader for smart, space-saving storage systems in the archive, library and museum segment. The company from Panningen (North Limburg) is also experiencing rapid growth in storage solutions for the pharmaceutical industry, industry, retail, urban agriculture and hospitals. Space is becoming increasingly scarce and expensive internationally. With the help of space-saving and mobile storage systems, the creation of space can be achieved much cheaper, faster and more sustainably than by constructing new buildings.
Bruynzeel Storage Systems was founded in 1953 as part of the Bruynzeel Group which has become one of the leading international manufacturers of bathrooms, doors, cabinets, kitchens, floors and pencils. Bruynzeel Storage Systems has been privatized since the 1980s. Thanks to its “best in class” production process, it is able to realize storage systems with high quality design and quality within the shortest production and delivery times. faster. Since 2021, its own business activities have been climate-neutral and Bruynzeel is a leader in sustainability.
In addition to its own offices in Europe and United Statesthe company operates through an extensive network of distributors in Africathe Middle East, Latin America, North America, Australia and Asia. All systems are manufactured in the factory in Panningen. The company has over 200 employees and each Bruynzeel storage solution is designed and based on the specific needs of the customer.
Since August 2021, Dutch private equity firm Gilde Equity Management (GEM) has a majority stake in the company. With Gilde’s support, Bruynzeel can accelerate the execution of its international growth strategy by expanding into existing and new geographic markets, developing promising new segments and strengthening its leadership position in sustainable products and processes. Targeted acquisitions in key geographies and segments are part of the growth strategy.