Responding to the requirements of growers, Saint-Gobain launched Saint-Gobain Cultilene in 1979 to help with the production, processing and distribution of Cultilene stonewool products. Providing innovative products for sustainable horticulture, this industrial product allows more controllability and can be used to grow vegetables and flowers. Cultilene stonewool products are made from a specially developed type of mineral wool. Cultilene growing blocks, slabs and plugs are very firm with a very high consistency and a thin fibre structure that gives optimum root development, leading to increased yield. Cultilene is part of the group Saint Gobain, a global organization with over 190,000 employees. Saint-Gobain is an innovative industrial organization with a strong focus on high performance materials.
Part of Saint-Gobain
Cultilène focuses in providing innovative solutions that contribute to the optimisation of water management and energy consumption so as to enable growers to improve the quality of their processes and to save on fertilizers, water and energy, and to contribute to sustainable horticulture. Managed from the Dutch city ofTilburg and with production units in The Netherlands,Spain, theCzech Republic andCanada, Cultilène has set ambitious sales and marketing goals with respect to turnover growth, product development and optimisation of production facilities. Besides delivering the most suitable water buffer for each cultivation system, Cultilène lends a helping hand in optimising the use of delivered products through a team of (cultivation) specialists.
Cultilene is part of the group Saint Gobain, a global organization with over 190,000 employees. Saint-Gobain is an innovative industrial organization with a strong focus on high performance materials.
The group is known as a major producer of flat glass, container glass (bottles) , insulation, abrasives, plastics, plaster and other building materials. In addition, Saint-Gobain has a very important position in the distribution of building materials. In almost all these areas the group is global market leader. Saint-Gobain invests annually € 365 million in R & D, which employs 3000 people. In total the group has 1,400 companies in 54 different countries. Saint-Gobain is a listed company in the stock exchange (CAC 40) and achieves an annual turnover of approximately € 40 billion.
Observant, attentive and compact
Today, Cultilene holds a major position in global horticulture. It is based on our wide experience and, of course, directly linked to our factories, offices and representatives spread out across the world.
Our strong position does not keep us from staying alert, attentive and compact. We’re proud of our short lines. We respond rapidly to every new market development as well as to individual inquiries. Our entire organisation is focused on serving growers. We never let an innovation possibility slip by.
Through it all, we’re also intent on always being practical: every initiative, idea or plan is dealt with on the basis of a single, simple question: ‘What’s in it for the grower?’
In close consultation with our clients, we develop products that help growers manage and/or improve their cultivation processes.
It’s no coincidence that much of what we do is tailored to specific circumstances, needs and wishes.
Our mission is to provide innovative solutions that contribute to the optimisation of water management and energy consumption so as to enable growers to improve the quality of their processes and to save on fertilizers, water and energy, and to contribute to sustainable horticulture.
The interests of growers are central to us, with due respect to ecological balance. We do so by using reliable industrial methods to subject our natural raw material, basalt, to your growing activities.
We’re a small link in the chain, but not an unimportant one. Success is often in the details. That’s why we worry about whether a tray should have 240 or 252 plugs. Everything matters, time and space are in short supply. That’s why we produce within the narrowest margins conceivable and monitor the experiences of our buyers meticulously so as not to miss a single opportunity for improvement or innovation. It also explains why we test every new block or plug until we’re sure of its added value.
At Cultilène, we’re eager to lend you a hand in growing your business. After all, your success is our success! We are genuinely interested in hearing what our customers and business relations around the globe need to promote growth in the broadest sense of the word. Your needs form the basis for our own products and services, allowing us to pick up where others leave off.
Just a few decades ago, greenhouse growers (mainly in The Netherlands) began to look for an alternative growth medium that could be subjected to rigorous conditions. From the very start, stone wool demonstrably was the most successful alternative to soil.
The substrate became such a huge success, that the Saint-Gobain enterprise soon (in 1979) launched a separate business for its production, processing and distribution: Saint-Gobain Cultilène.
Since 1999, Cultilène has grown vigourously, offering new products, greater diversity, more variations and a wide range of specific qualities – all of this in response to the fact that growers themselves are becoming more specialised, testing and launching new cultivation techniques.
Internationalisation is another major factor in Cultilène’s development. We now export to over 40 countries from our various production locations across the world.
From the very beginning, Cultilène sought to be the growers’ extension piece by providing product that meet their needs and expectations down to the last detail. The number of innovative, trendsetting products we’ve realised in collaboration with our clients offers ample proof of this:
- Black / white foil
- Donut ring
- 100% plant holes
- Narrow pallets
- 252 plug tray
- Optidrain (plus)
- Sterilisation using irradiation of the EPS trays
Our access to the newest technologies through our mother company Saint-Gobain, moreover, enabled us to roll out an extensive assortment of substrate slabs and cultivation blocks in 2010. Now, growers can use the substrate most suited to their specific conditions and wishes.
In short, Cultilène has grown into an organisation eager to lend a helping hand. This is reflected in the new logotype we introduced in 2010, along with our core theme: Cultilène cares.