Europe: Precision Farming at Heart of Munckhof Deal
One of Europe’s oldest suppliers of machinery used in fruit production, the Dutch firm Munckhof Machinefabriek, has been purchased by business partners Henri Michiels and Han Smits from its current owners Thijs and Peter van den Munckhof, writes Mike Knowles on Fruitnet.com.
The group, which has been family-run for its entire 134-year history, is one of the world’s leading companies in the development of harvesting techniques, spraying equipment and box fillers, mainly for the production of apples, pears, cherries, berries and olives.
According to a statement announcing the deal, the group will continue under the name Munckhof Fruit Tech Innovators and is poised for growth in new markets following the takeover.
Munckhof Machinefabriek was founded in 1884 by local blacksmith Smitten Ties, and has been in the Van den Munckhof family ever since.