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SME Specific MeasuresCompetitive and Sustainable Growth

Exploratory Award

Proposal number EXAW-1999-00955

AcronymANTHURASYSPACK

Proposal titleDEVELOPMENT OF A PACKAGING SYSTEM FOR EFFICIENT HANDLING OF

VULNERABLE CUT FLOWERS (ANTHURIUMS)

AbstractAnthurium cut flowers are very vulnerable flowers. Although, maximum care is taken

during harvesting, handling and transport, the number of wasted/spent flowers is

significant. There is also a very strong desire to change the way of packaging. The present

labour-intensive manual packing process causes repetitive strain injuries (RSI) and is a

major organisational burden for the Anthurium cut flower producers. The main research

objectives are: 1) to develop an environmentally friendly packaging concept  that ensure

safe and efficient handling through the chain: harvesting, packaging, transportation and

unpacking; 2) to develop a sorting, processing and packaging process that is able to

automatically and efficlently pack the flowers in transport boxes ; 3 ) to develop a new

method of organising flower product:ion, service and logistics reduce cost by 30 %; 4) o

improve the image of Anthurium, cut flowers by ensuring ease of handling and 100%

protection against premature deterioration .

Key ActionGROW-1.   Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date6/07/2000End date6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 projectCooperative Research (CRAFT)Duration Exploratory Phase12 months

SME CoordinatorMr. Cees Jan VAN DER STOEPCompany sizeS2

ANTHURIUMKWEKERIJ C.J. VAN DER STOEP

De Wateringhe 6

2661 GP - Bergschenhoek

The Netherlands

Phone: 31105220262

Fax: 31105221030

Email: cjstoep@wxs.nl

SME Proposer(s)

ANTHURIUMKWEKERIJ  MIDDENDORP BelgiumS2

KERREMANS

Profile of partners for joining the project

Business areas1 - Agriculture, hunting and related service activities

29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.

CommentsAnthurium producersFlower processing equipment manufacturer

Last update18/6/2001

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