Coventry-based pioneer of hydroponics, HydroGarden, has been recognised for its innovative vertical-farming system, VydroFarm, in the EEF’s Future of Manufacturing Regional Awards 2016.
HydroGarden won the ‘Manufacturing Innovation Award’ for the Midlands at the regional celebration lunch held at Staverton Park, Northampton. The firm will now go on to represent the region in the National Awards, the winners of which will be announced at the EEF’s National Gala Dinner on 31st January 2017 at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London.
The role of the EEF is to champion manufacturing and engineering in the UK and the EU, and provide tools and support to help UK industry to thrive, innovate and compete locally and globally. The Future of Manufacturing Awards are held annually and judged by independent industry experts. They not only celebrate success and reward change, but recognise firms which pursue ideas, build partnerships, develop good practice and invest in people.
Currently celebrating its 20th successful year of trading, HydroGarden created its winning innovation, VydroFarm, in response to a future shift towards urban food production as pressure on world food supplies continues to increase in line with rapid population growth. It utilised its leading position in indoor growing and access to all existing technologies, to develop the VydroFarm concept, a fully integrated vertical growing system for indoor hydroponic growing. HydroGarden’s aim is to promote sustainable food production irrespective of location and climate, by giving commercial growers a viable hydroponic vertical farming solution. The company intends to maximise the significant growth and sales potential, especially via export.