Yasai to establish first Zürich Vertical Farm, strategic partnership announced

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iFarm with Yasai AG (Switzerland) and Logiqs B.V. (Netherlands) are proud to announce the beginning of a long-term cooperation.  

With the launch of the first vertical farm project in Zurich, Yasai AG announced the signing of a strategic agreement with equipment and tech suppliers. The company involved Logiqs and iFarm as technology partners in the construction of a pilot facility, with 673 sq. m of growing area and with a design capacity of 20 tons of fresh herbs per year.  

The Dutch company Logiqs will act as a supplier of automated shelving systems and grow lights. iFarm will supply the nutrient solution management system, climate control equipment, and the Growtune software platform which enables flow chart implementation and control over production conditions and processes. Going forward, the partners plan to scale up the experience of rapidly constructing an automated, compact, high-performance vertical farm, gained in a Swiss project, across the globe.

Mark Essam Zahran (co-founder Yasai):

The project will not just be limited to the testing and fine-tuning of state-of-the-art innovative solutions.  We expect to lay the groundwork for large-scale industrial vertical farming in smart cities and showcase the incredible benefits of a circular economy. A plantation in the largest Swiss city, one of the most expensive cities in the world, will help us assess the economic prospects and give other European cities an example of how to produce an abundant yield without harming the planet, plants, and people.

Gert-Jan van Staalduinen (owner Logiqs):

The Swiss project opens up interesting prospects for us. We expect a fruitful collaboration with Yasai experts and a beneficial exchange of best practices with iFarm. With our vast experience in implementing automation and logistics systems on farms, we will be able to build a technologically advanced farm in the very heart of Europe. 

Kirill Zelenski (CEO iFarm Europe):

We appreciate how meticulous and scrupulous Yasai is and are impressed by their passion and drive. We are just as inspired by the prospect of working with seasoned professionals from Logiqs. We hope that our software technologies will perfectly complement their hardware and the project as a whole will become a lasting benchmark for the industry and will serve as the beginning of a long-term cooperation.  


Information about the parties to the agreement: 

Yasai AG is a startup from ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich), with a vision to empower everyone to grow more with less for the health of people, plants & planet. The company offers ‘Vertical Farming as a Service’ solutions to create circular food systems.  Yasai combines the experience and knowledge of the company’s founders, experienced agronomists, scientists, and professors to design, build, operate & market Vertical Farms.

Logiqs is a company with a history spanning 45 years that supplies equipment for greenhouses, pallet storage and vertical farms. Logiqs is known to agronomists around the world for their know-how and unparalleled quality. The company is a recognized leader in the production of automated warehousing and logistics systems for agricultural products.

iFarm (Intellectual Farms Oy) is a Helsinki-based international company that develops solutions, platforms, and technologies for indoor farming and agribusiness. One of the company’s products is Growtune, a cloud-based software platform used to monitor and ensure compliance with the conditions required to quickly produce an abundant yield on vertical farms.

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