17 Sep 2018
New build increases R&D capabilities
Rijk Zwaan is committed to innovation and improvement and spends 10 million euros on research and development (R&D) each month. As a further investment, an extension of the R&D facility at Fijnaart, The Netherlands, creates a dynamic environment for collaboration, growth and modern research activities.
65 percent more space
Fijnaart is home to Rijk Zwaan’s biotechnological research centre and a breeding location for open field crops. Construction for an expansion to its existing offices and laboratories began in late 2016 and the enhanced facility officially opened on September 14, 2018.
The new build connects two existing buildings, which increases the capacity of the establishment by 65 percent. A functional atrium at the centre of the building will serve as a canteen, presentation and reception area. Rijk Zwaan also renovated the offices and laboratories for molecular biological and cellular biological research.
As a result of the expansion, Rijk Zwaan can further modernised its research activities and has gained room to grow. At present, around 350 employees are based at the facility.
A place for collaboration
Continuously launching new vegetable varieties that meet the needs of both growers and consumers requires extensive research and Rijk Zwaan invests around 30 percent of its annual revenue in R&D. This equates to approximately 10 million euro per month.
During the opening ceremony, Managing Director Kees Reinink said: “It takes a lot of people and a lot of expertise to develop a new variety. That’s why I’m so happy with the terrific new lab and all the extra workspaces, but also with the wonderful atrium. The atrium is now the beating heart of this facility – a place where our people can come together, forge contacts and share ideas and concerns. It’s a place for collaboration.”
A look inside for locals
Local residents of Fijnaart were invited for a sneak peek inside the new facility. Communications Specialist, Steven Van Paassen, said it’s important to Rijk Zwaan that residents are involved in projects in their local area. “We celebrated the end of this project together by organising a presentation and guided tour of the building, and giving our neighbours a peek behind the scenes.”
Visual link to De Lier
The extension in Fijnaart was designed by the architectural firm, RoosRos Architecten, which also designed new buildings for Rijk Zwaan’s head office and the Seed Quality Centre in De Lier, The Netherlands.