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Major international companies join AIPH

A number of major international companies and organisations which supply and support the global ornamental horticulture industry have recently joined the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) as Affiliate Members.

These include: PRIVA, the global supplier of climate and irrigation management control technology and software and Philips, suppliers of LED lighting technology for growers. Other new affiliate members include HortiAlliance, Doppelmayr and Val’hor, the umbrella organisation for ornamental horticulture in France. These businesses join MPS Sustainable Quality and Bavaria International Exhibition Organizing which were approved as Affiliate Members earlier in 2015.

AIPH President, Bernard Oosterom welcomed the new affiliate members saying, “I am pleased to see major international businesses like these joining AIPH. Together with the trade association members we will become an even stronger force in supporting ornamentals growers worldwide.”

AIPH Affiliate Membership costs €500 per year and is open to businesses related to the ornamental horticulture, exhibitions and landscape industry that would like to support the work of AIPH and utilise this extensive international network.

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FloraHolland to sponsor AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards 2016

FloraHolland is to be the Headline Sponsor of this the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards 2016, the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) has announced.

FloraHolland is the Dutch co-operative organisation for growers of horticultural products. It provides an open marketplace where suppliers of floriculture products and their customers can meet to do business, and also promotes flowers and plants; provides its own logistics and controls floriculture standards in The Netherlands.

AIPH Secretary General, Tim Briercliffe, commented, “FloraHolland is a major business in the ornamental horticulture industry. As an increasingly international organisation the partnership with the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards is the perfect match and I am very much looking forward to working with them to promote to the world the very best ornamentals growers”.

Floris Olthof, Manager Cooperation & Communication, FloraHolland, added, “FloraHolland has been a member of AIPH for years. The cooperative also supports the Horticultural Entrepreneur Award where the most innovative and enterprising company from the horticultural sector is awarded. Winners of this competition are also recommended for the International Grower of the Year Award. We feel strongly about promoting innovation and successful entrepreneurship in this sector and warmly support both awards”.

The Awards which recognise best practice in ornamental horticultural production from all over the world, organised with founding partner FloraCulture International, invite growers of ornamental crops anywhere in the world to enter. The Awards Gala Dinner will take place at the Messe Essen on Thursday, 28 January 2016.

For more information visit: www.aiph.org/groweroftheyear

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New members strengthen AIPH

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) says it has strengthened its importance globally with the addition of two new members representing two of the largest production countries. AmericanHort (U.S.A.) and Ibraflor (Brazil) have both been accepted as full members of the AIPH.

AmericanHort (www.americanhort.org) represents the US ornamental horticulture industry which is worth around $163 billion and supports over 1 million jobs. The association was formed in 2014 by the consolidation of the American Nursery & Landscape Association and OFA—The Association of Horticultural Professionals. Ibraflor is the Brazilian Institute of Floriculture (www.ibraflor.com), representing 489 ornamentals growers across the country including major co-operatives supplying the significant Brazilian market.  Brazilian ornamental plant production is worth €1.7 billion and Ibraflor members are responsible for much of this.

In welcoming the new members AIPH President Vic Krahn said “I am delighted to welcome AmericanHort and Ibraflor into the membership of AIPH.  The ornamentals industry now consists of a truly international supply chain and as the world gets smaller so the importance of co-operating internationally increases.  AIPH provides that forum and network.  These new members strengthen our representation in the Americas giving even greater value to them and our existing membership.”

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AIPH re-brands and redefines its purpose

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH), which represents national trade associations such as the NFU and HTA, has redefined its purpose and renewed its brand with a clear Strategic Plan which has been supported by its members.

AIPH has clarified its role as ‘The world’s champion for the power of plants’. It says that, ‘AIPH strives to reignite and uphold an appreciation of plants that we believe is a basic human instinct.’ The organisation believes that by supporting the work of grower associations globally it can champion a prosperous industry which ‘grows plants that enhance lives, advance societies and sustain the planet, for this generation and the next.’

Vic Kahn, AIPH President, explained the thinking behind the rebrand: “As a global industry our relationship with nature was pivotal in our past. It is fundamental to our future. The state of the world dictates that AIPH is more important today than ever in its history. Tomorrow, it will be more so. With an ambitious, determined and optimistic narrative and a clear Strategic Plan, AIPH can achieve more and build a stronger international community.”

To communicate this purpose visually the Association has developed new branding that includes a fresh look logo and a new website at www.aiph.org.

Krahn continued, “I am delighted that our new brand captures the spirit of global cooperation and the beauty of plants. With the hope for a world made healthy and prosperous by plants, AIPH can unite people worldwide, both inside and outside the industry. With the tools to campaign effectively, AIPH will continue to earn global recognition for the essential work it does in sustaining our planet for future generations.”

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