Powerplants builds cutting edge hydroponic facility in Victoria

Powerplants staff at Kaiteki is: (L-R) Adam Beardall (Design & Estimation Manager), Carl van Loon (Director), Simon Gomme (Director) and Bart Post (Design & Project Manager).

Powerplants staff at Kaiteki: (L-R) Adam Beardall (Design & Estimation Manager), Carl van Loon (Director), Simon Gomme (Director) and Bart Post (Design & Project Manager).

Powerplants Australia has partnered with Kaiteki Fresh Australia Pty Ltd (a subsidiary of Japanese corporate giant Mitsubishi Plastics Inc.) to build an Australian first hydroponic growing facility in Gippsland, Victoria. The new Kaiteki Fresh facility in Bunyip, which officially opened on 16 July, will produce up to eight times as much high quality, high nutrient spinach, while using less water and no pesticides. 

The state of the art facility will give Victorian growers the opportunity to maximise the quality and health value of their produce thanks to revolutionary new Japanese growing methods.

The closed hydroponic system will use a fraction of the water normally used in modern irrigation and allows the grower to accurately control temperature, as well as water and nutrient use, to produce high quality spinach while preventing pest infestations within a consistent ideal climate.  The environmentally friendly technology has the potential to change the way the industry cultivates leafy vegetables. Powerplants have worked closely with Kaiteki Fresh to ensure this project was of the highest standard.

With Victorian horticultural exports already accounting for more than half of Australia’s total horticultural exports, this new technology presents a huge opportunity for growers to replicate the increased yields on a much larger scale.

The new facility was officially opened by the Victorian Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford and the CEO of Kaiteki Fresh, Mr Katsutoshi Ogihara.

Minister Pulford welcomed the investment in Victoria’s agriculture.

“Our horticulture sector has a bright future – that’s why we’re supporting it to innovate and create jobs,” he said.  

Powerplants have assisted Kaiteki Fresh to bring this new water-saving technology to Australia. As society becomes more health conscious than ever, people are seeking environmentally friendly, high quality foods that are pesticide free.

CEO of Kaiteki Fresh Australia, Mr Katsutoshi Ogihara, agrees.

“Kaiteki Fresh was established to accelerate the promotion of pesticide-free leafy vegetables grown by the state of art, water-saving hydroponic technology globally, and I am thrilled to launch the new company at Melbourne.”

For more information, contact Powerplants on +61 3 8795 7750 or email: sales@powerplants.com.au

Posted 31 July 2015