Dirk Röse

Leading in green compost and alternative constituents

Klasmann-Deilmann and Olde Bolhaar agree Joint Venture

Klasmann-Deilmann and Olde-Bolhaar are pooling their activities in the field of compost and will work with a joint venture in the future. In the coming years, the company is to be developed into the leading supplier of high-quality green compost and other raw materials for substrate production.

With retroactive effect from 1 January 2021, the Klasmann-Deilmann Group is acquiring 50% of the shares in both Olde Bolhaar Eco-Service GmbH, based in Gildehaus/Bad Bentheim, and Olde Bolhaar Eco-Service B.V., based in Zelhem and Duiven. At the same time, Klasmann-Deilmann is contributing its own composting plants in Geeste and Dörpen to the companies of the Olde Bolhaar Group. In the future, the company will be managed by Christiaan Olde Bolhaar, Managing Partner of the Olde-Bolhaar Group, and Ted Vollebregt, Managing Director of Klasmann-Deilmann Benelux B.V.

“In Germany, the Netherlands and many other countries, the demand for high-quality green compost is growing,” say Moritz Böcking and Bernd Wehming, managing directors of the Klasmann-Deilmann Group. “Together, we will now vigorously expand this business area and extend it to all major horticultural markets in northwestern Europe. For Klasmann-Deilmann, the transaction now completed is a step of strategic importance. By 2025, we aim to increase the share of renewable raw materials in our group-wide substrate sales to 30%. The joint venture makes a significant contribution to expanding our raw material resources to this end and securing the growing demand for green compost for our growing media.”

“Olde Bolhaar and Klasmann-Deilmann have enjoyed a close and successful working relationship for many years,” says Christiaan Olde Bolhaar. “We value the shared innovative strength and the common high quality standards. Our goal is to expand the joint venture into the leading supplier of substrate-ready green compost and other alternative constituents in northwestern Europe over the next few years. In particular, the Duiven site is of strategic importance due to the expansion possibilities for the production of renewable raw materials for the substrate industry and the favorable location for logistics.”

Ted Vollebregt adds: “The developments in the European commercial horticulture and substrate sectors create a solid starting point for our joint activities. We are bringing together our respective competencies and strengths and can exploit synergies. In this way, we will ensure that the increasing demand for organic and high-quality raw materials for the production of growing media can soon be served on an even larger scale.”