The Priva history started more than 55 years ago. Cor van der Valk and Jan Prins started their business on the Kijckerweg in De Lier, The Netherlands. In 1959, the family business Priva began importing hot-air heaters for greenhouse horticulture under the name Valk en Prins. This `Hylo-salamander` was an unbridled success: it was the first step in controlling the climate within greenhouses. In 1977, Priva introduced its first climate computer for the horticulture industry. This was an enormous step forward in the field of process management. It was the first climate computer to combine control of the climate, energy and water dosing. In 1983, Priva started in the RAI with a simple building management system, based on the knowledge and products with which Priva made its name in the horticulture industry.

Company details

Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Agriculture - Horticulture
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

This company also provides solutions for other industrial applications.
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Today, Priva is a leader in the Dutch building controls market. Priva products are used to manage the indoor environments of one in three commercial buildings in the Netherlands - and Priva's presence in the international building control market is growing rapidly!

We are Priva. We create an optimal environment in which people and plants experience the best way to grow, using leading-edge technology, products and knowledge. We are proud that our solutions result in lower use of natural resources like energy and water.

Everything revolves around people

At Priva, our business revolves around people. We believe that trusting in talent and allowing room for development brings out the best in people - not just Priva's people, but also the people associated with our partners, dealers and customers. We are continually making new connections and building new relationships, in order to infuse the business with knowledge and vitality. It is our aim to create a climate of mutual respect and involvement, where growth and development go hand-in-hand.

Innovation

Priva is continually investing in new products and concepts. After all, today's innovation is tomorrow's standard. We believe in stimulating innovation through shared knowledge, which is why we regularly collaborate with universities, research institutes and business partners. Priva recognises the importance of coming together with likeminded organisations to develop new ideas. Now more than ever, this involves taking a global, multi-disciplinary approach, establishing new connections across sectors and around the world.

Think global, act local

Priva is an international company with offices around the world. We think strategically about global opportunities and we have cultivated a local presence in seven countries across the globe. Priva now has offices in Western Europe (Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Scandinavia), Canada, Mexico and China. These offices, in combination with a global partner and dealer network, allow Priva to remain competitive and offer a local, tailored service to our customers all over the world. We always operate with respect for local cultures and seek to cooperate with local people.

Horticulture

In 1959, Priva began importing hot-air heaters for greenhouse horticulture under the name Valk en Prins. Its 'Hylo-salamander' was an unbridled success: it was the first step in controlling the climate within greenhouses. Priva has evolved into the current global market leader in climate control and process management in the horticulture sector.

First climate computer

In 1977, Priva introduced its first climate computer for the horticulture sector. This was an enormous step forward in the field of process management. It was the first climate computer to combine control of the climate, energy and water dosing.

Building management

In 1983, Priva developed a simple building management system based on its successful horticultural control technology. Today, Priva is a leader in the Dutch building controls market. Priva products are used to manage the indoor environments of one in three commercial buildings in the Netherlands - and Priva's presence on the international building controls market is growing rapidly.

Van Beek

Since 2001, our sister organization, Van Beek in Arnhem, has been part of the Priva group. Van Beek has been active in the field of energy monitoring for more than 25 years. Priva and Van Beek form a powerful partnership that offers its customers state-of-the-art ways to achieve optimal energy efficiency in industry and the built environment.

Priva Campus

In 2007, Priva opened its environmentally-friendly head office in De Lier, Netherlands. The Priva Campus building - one of the first carbon-neutral buildings in the Netherlands - provides a striking symbol of Priva's sustainable credentials.

Businesswoman of the Year

In 2009, Priva's CEO Meiny Prins was honoured with the 'Prix Veuve Clicquot' Businesswoman of the Year title. The prestigious prize, awarded annually in 17 countries, is given to recognise female entrepreneurship and management.

CleanTech Star WWF

In 2009, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) awarded Priva the first ever CleanTech Star, for its contributions to sustainability in business and horticulture. The award includes the requirement that its winner must continue to contribute to an environmentally-friendly world and serve as a role model for new and existing businesses in the clean energy sector - a challenge that Priva is keen to accept.