Gicom’s roots lie in climate control technology for mushroom cultivation cells. Gicom Composting Systems was set up in 1984 by Gé Groenenboom, the owner of Gicom BV who formerly cultivated mushrooms at the Flevohof agricultural theme park. As well as developing climate control technology for mushroom cultivation, the company also began to specialise in composting technologies. Gicom now designs and builds composting technologies on its own premises. In the last thirty years Gicom technology has been incorporated in many systems now used all over the world.
- Business Type:
- Industry Type:
- Agriculture - Crop Cultivation
- Market Focus:
- Globally (various continents)
- Year Founded:
In 1984 the company GICOM b.v. was established. It started from a mushroomfarm at the Flevohof, where the first computer control systems for mushroom growing were sold that year to the US and Belgium. A unique fact in those days because products like that were not produced elsewhere in the world.
For growing mushrooms you need to have mushroomcompost. GICOM was also producing climate control systems for making mushrooms compost. Where it started with control systems the company's activities expanded with building complete airhandling units. Ventilation, cooling, heating, humidification, measuring devices; it all was manufactured in Biddinghuizen, the village where the company is based.
Prior to the start of source separate collecting of householdwaste in Holland, GICOM had already the tunnel composting technique being used in the mushroom industry converted so it could be used in the waste composting sector. Again a revolution in the market as it is still the leading technique for composting biodegradable waste.
The GICOM tunnel composting technique has proven itself in this waste market for over the last 15 years. Facilities designed and build by GICOM in the late eighties and early nineties are still in production and running with satisfaction. Nowadays the tunnel composting system is used for composting al kinds of waste. The GICOM climate control technology is used in the following industries:
- Treatment of organic waste, like MSW and green waste, green waste, industrial- and sewage sludge, anaerobic digested materials, manure, animal waste and all kinds of other organic waste;
- Biological drying of Municipal Solid Waste and waste containing non organic parts;
- Production of phase I compost by using aerated floors aerated floors and fermentation tunnels;
- Production of pasteurised and spawn runned compost for mushroom growing;
- Growing mushrooms, oister mushrooms and shii-take, using special designed airhandling systems in growing rooms
Biological environment is important during composting and also during biological drying. During the composting process the surrounding neighbours of such facilities also have GICOM's close attention. Due to the fact that the tunnel composting is performed in a controlled situation, the odour effect can be limited to an absolute minimum.
To stay ahead of the competition GICOM has several test facilities, where new ideas regarding composting techniques are tested in practice. Because of this development the climate control system is getting more advanced every day. Besides the benefit of using state of the art technology it is also very important to keep a good eye on all environmental issues.
To maintain market leadership GICOM keeps innovating. The company has a specialised team that designs, manufactures, produces and commissions composting facilities all over the world. GICOM also has a support team for all its customers. These skilled people operate on site, or give telephonic assistance by dialling into the GICOM computer system with a modem.
GICOM customers can be found all over the world and in all different climate zones. From the colder region of Iceland till the tropical Colombia. GICOM facilities can be found in:
- Nearly all European countries;
- Australia and New Zealand;
- Canada and the United States of America;
- South America