NEWS NOVEMBER 2017

11/2017: Partnership between Lühr GmbH and Rivulis

    Partnership between Lühr GmbH and Rivulis

The Interaspa Praxis is the industry meeting for asparagus and berry planters from all over Germany and the European countries. Exhibitors and service providers from a wide range of sectors show their innovations: from special machines for cultivation and harvesting to cooling, packaging, irrigation, fertilization, plant protection and planting.

The exhibition also serves the establishment and maintenance of customer relationships, the search for partners and the positioning of the entire company. Purchasing and investment decisions are made at Interaspa practice.

The Company Lühr GmbH from Wrestedt in the Lüneburger Heide and the company Rivulis took the opportunity - members of the management of both companies met for an intensive thought exchange. The strategic partnership for agricultural dripping and micro-irrigation, agreed upon following the discussions, opens up important sales potentials for both companies, which are now being used. Picture (left to right): Nenad Cetcovic, Paul Peruchetti, Arjan Janknegt (Rivulis), Jan C. Lühr (Lühr).

Headquartered in Israel, Rivulis is one of the world market leaders in manufacturing and distributing a full range of irrigation products for agriculture (such as T-Tape) with a focus on dripping and micro-irrigation. Rivulis irrigation products are distributed through a worldwide network of highly qualified distributors.

Lühr GmbH is traditionally connected to the agricultural market and offers the complete range for a holistic irrigation concept: from the water source to the plant! With the new partnership, a further step was taken to complete the product portfolio of Lühr GmbH with the highest quality products. Mr. Lühr would like to introduce the new alternative: Contact: Tel. 05802-9878763 or j.luehr@luehr-technik.de.

NEWS OCTOBER 2017

10/2017: Business is people’s business

Business is people's business or: Good business is made between people

In the best sense of this quote, the Rainworks Group followed an invitation from the Cypriot company Elysee, specialized in the production of compression fittings and piping accessories. In addition to the expansion of already existing and continuously growing business relations, the focus was on mutual "getting to know each other".

The Elysee Management represented by the Managing Director Panos Protopapas and his closest circle of colleagues devoted a considerable amount of time to the visit of the Rainworks Group and was informed in detail about the aims and contents of the alliance. Special interest in this visit was also documented by the presence of the company founder, Mr. Protopapas.

The group was impressed by the quality of the production and the organization of the work processes. This quality is particularly reflected in the very high degree of certification of the Elysee products. Starting with the DVGW certification, OVGW, WRAS and up to the KIWA standard is missing no important European certification.

Bernhard Mair, from Elysee Rohrsysteme GmbH Austria, once again proved to be a charming and technically well-informed moderator, who very often reconciled the wishes of the Rainworks Group with the possibilities offered by Elysee.

Tomas Kurdziel, Rainworks moderator, well known for his great organization skills, organized that great journey in advance – as a result everything went just perfect! The Rainworks Strategy Meeting took also place during the journey. Once again the group has shared ideas in key questions of further development and will implement them in the coming years.

The group left the magnificent island with the awareness that this joint trip to a strategic partner was very valuable and opened important perspectives in the long term cooperation with Elysee.

NEWS SEPTEMBER 2017

9/2017: IFA Berlin 2017 show visited by Rainworks delegation

Rainworks delegation Tomas Kurdziel / Rainworks Alliance, Jan Lühr / Lühr GmbH, Michal Wiecek and Michal Jadanowski / Drago, visited Consumer Electronics & Home Appliances exhibition IFA Berlin 2017 last Friday.

Although the show is not connected to our professional garden branch and is more consumer way oriented, the visit had its value for Rainworks visitors there and for the entire group. One of the participants said:” It is always good to see behind the horizon”.

Beside smart home systems, weather station systems, robot movers, etc. which are all directly connected to our business, participants have also seen and personally tested use of Virtual Reality glasses that we believe will influence our markets too. We are sure that many sales presentations will be done this way in the future. One of close partners of Rainworks alliance LED light systems producer “in-lite” has already started to go this way.

9/2017: Compression Fittings in irrigation technology

A question of quality!

You will not remember them until you see leaks in a piping system: Compression fittings!

Water loss, consequential costs and anger among the participants can then have a negative impact on the overall project.

Oscar Wilde once said: "Nowadays people of all know the price but nothing of value."

This has not changed to this day - on the contrary, stinginess is still or already again the word and therefore the price is often the focus of the arguments; especially when it comes to fittings. According to experience, the value of a fitting is difficult to present and so is often preferred to the supposedly more cost-effective product.

In the last two years, the Rainworks Group has been intensively searching for an exclusive fitting line to provide the quality conscious sprinkler specialist with a fitting that meets the different requirements of our industry. These are primarily:

  • • Easy to install
  • • Perfect hydraulic sealing
  • • Pressure resistance and high impact strength
  • • No toxic hazard due to 100% compliance with drinking water regulations
  • • Resistance to most chemicals
  • • Local availability
  • • DVGW approval
  • • Convincing price / performance ratio

Regarding the pressure ranges, the selected fittings are tested and approved according to the relevant standards, such as:

  • • DIN 8076-3 DVGW - Germany
  • • DIN 8076-3 ÖVGW - Austria
  • • ISO 14236 International
  • • 16 bar at 20 ° C - for fittings from Ø16 to Ø 63mm
  • • 10 bar at 20 ° C - for fittings from Ø 75 to Ø 110 mm

Intensive practice tests have proven that the new Rainworks Fittings line meet the high expectations even in the harsh construction site business. In the near future, these fittings will be made available to the water sprinkler as part of various sales activities.

 

Yours, Rolf Krüger

NEWS APRIL 2017

4/2017: 21. Rainworks Family Weekend 2017

 

The Rainworks Family Weekend 2017 took place in a heart of the Czech Republic last long weekend.

First day Rainworks Alliance members together with their families discovered quiet spa town Podebrady with its beautiful spa park and colonnade and a nature of banks of river Elbe. Second day the group visited a jewel of towns in the Czech Republic – UNESCO World Heritage Site town Kutna Hora, with its gothic Saint Barbara's Cathedral and amazing and unique medieval silver mines.

The weekend showed again that the Rainworks Alliance does not have only solid international business pillars but also strong personal roots based on close friendship. This brings something new to all members from different countries and creates new ideas with positive influence not only on the members but mainly on their customers and markets.

NEWS MARCH 2017

3/2017: 21st Annual Contractor Congress

Almost 100 garden professional contractors participated on already the 21st Annual Contractor Congress of Rainworks founding member ITTEC from the Czech Republic. The event took place on Kuneticka Hora Golf Resort www.grkh.cz, 100km east of Prague, on Wednesday 15th of March 2017. Under guidance of ITTEC team the participants got actual information from the irrigation and professional garden branch and shared them together.

The focus was put on water saving and an intelligent control of irrigation systems that are the most current topics for nowadays and a future. An evening before the main event many contractors also participated on a light show organized together with company in-lite with that ITTEC already successfully cooperates from 2012.

Now all is ready for the new season in professional garden branch in the Czech Republic!

NEWS JANUARY 2017

1/2017: ITTEC trainings in Prague

 

In the beginning of this week from Monday 23rd to Wednesday 25th of January 2017 our member ITTEC from the Czech Republic organized practical contractor trainings in Parkhotel Pruhonice in Prague area.

Monday was fully dedicated to the irrigation system designing and an irrigation system installation training, followed by Tuesday LED garden lighting system design, installation and ways of selling to customer and Wednesday closed the training days with a customized sales training for contractors helping them in their selling process to end user customers / garden owners. The event has been organized under umbrella of Rainworks Alliance and we counted almost 100 participants there. We can congratulate the ITTEC team to this success!

1/2017: Fourth Drago Conference in Gdansk

Rainworks Management Team at the Drago Conference

 

Fourth Drago Conference Co w trawie piszczy 2017” (What’s moving our industry) in Gdansk another milestone for the Polish and Central European Industry

Everybody’s eager expectations in the run-up to the fourth Drago Academy were exceeded by far when the event finally took place. On January 13th Drago team hosted more than 300 participants on the Auditorium of the Gdansk European Solidarity Center was completely filled.

From its the very beginning in 2014 the conference was intend to provide a platform for the exchange of the best practices in the green industry. Another important aim is to offer networking opportunities and time for further discussions among the big numbers of participants with local and international professionals in different business segments.  

Once again all presentations had international caliber and covered the following topics: Sales, Marketing, Water-Management, Garden Lighting, Turf grasses and last but not least panel discussion on the future of the green industry.  

The Rainworks Alliance was represented by its complete management team. Michael Cermak from ITTEC talked about similarities of the Czech and Polish markets and all Rainworks members greatly participated on the panel discussion on the future of the Industry.
Rainworks congratulates it‘s polish Partner, company Drago again, to this once more superb and perfectly organized event.

1/2017: Rainworker Gerhardt GmbH now authorized Magiline–Distributor

The company Gerhardt GmbH located in Wiesbaden Delkenheim has expanded its product line dedicated to the modern garden. Since January 1, 2017 Gerhardt GmbH offers innovative swimming pools of the French manufacturer Magiline.

The Company Magiline designs and manufacturers individual pools with ultimate product features - Magiline products are sold exclusively with the seal of quality “Origine France Garantie".

Here you can get more details on Magiline here.

1/2017: Tomas Kurdziel now responsible for international developments of the Rainworks Alliance

Dear Partners, Customers and Friends!

This note is to inform you about a change in the Rainworks organization that already took place January 1, 2017.

After serving our industry in international markets for more than 40 years I came to the final decision to finish my international activities. Already a couple of months ago I informed the Rainworks Alliance about my future plans and I suggested to the group to have Tomas Kurdziel taking over big parts of my former responsibilities. Tomas will care from now on for all our international contacts and will coordinate all necessary actions with our partner suppliers. The group highly welcomed this idea and appreciated my suggestion.

I know Tomas since many years and I am very glad that Tomas, who is a highly talented professional, has accepted our invitation to take over the responsibilities connected to his new position. Moreover he will continue to work in his former role in ITTEC.  

Let me ask you to join me to wish him all the best in his new business endeavor. I am sure that the group will benefit from his very energetic and dedicated way to work greatly.   

Myself I will care for some more time for the Rainworks international marketing and the distribution support of our German members in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Let me thank you and your teams for the chance to work with you. It was always a pleasure to work with you all, already during my Rain Bird time!

Rolf Krüger

12/2016: Thank you very much!

 

Dear customers and dear partners from the industry,

At the very end of the eventful year 2016 we do not want to miss the opportunity to thank you for the always trustful and successful business cooperation. Together we achieved a lot and paved the way for further successes. Thanks to you the Rainworks name became even better known and stands as a synonym for quality and honest partnership. Without our loyal customer base and our quality dedicated industrial partnerships this could simply not have been achieved. 

This is the right place and time to say thank you for your ongoing trust and partnership!

Our best Season Greetings to you and your families - we wish you a peaceful holiday season and some days to enjoy whatever you plan to do.  

 

Your Rainworks Team!

NEWS 2016

12/2016: Thanks to our partners

The year 2016 comes finally to an end – it is the right time to assess and appreciate the cooperation some of our strategic partners. Within our partnership with „in lite” the Dutch manufacturer of Garden Lighting systems all was just perfect! We just need to say that besides the business success we enjoyed, there was always much fun and even more excitement involved in everything we did together to grow the market and to learn from each other. Right now, in the darker season of the year it is very promising to review and see how much has been done to educate the market successfully on this particular business segment.

 Garden lighting became a very strong segment in the product and service portfolio of all Rainworks companies. And the permanent sharing of ideas between Rainworks, contractors and in lite as the manufacturer is definitely bearing fruit now.

No Garden without Garden Lighting became one of the guiding principles of the Rainworks group and its customers.

Over the last couple of weeks several education seminars took place and in particular the trips of ITTEC from Czech Republic and Lühr GmbH have shown the importance of the direct contact between the contractor and manufacturer.

It is more than fair to say THANK YOU to all the people at in lite and here in particular to Alex Paleewong who always motivated us to go after the enormous business opportunity and  illuminating a steadily growing number of gardens with a great product.

Here we are now and we are looking forward to another successful year 2017!

 

Ihr Rolf Krüger

7/2016: My personal experience with my new in-lite outdoor lighting system

It was one of those hot summer nights in August 2015 when my wife and I came to the final conclusion that we needed to install a garden lighting system to enjoy our garden even more and for longer hours.

So, when Alex Paleewong, a good old friend of mine from company in-lite in Holland, dropped by last week, he convinced me on the spot that it was the right time of the year to realize the project and thus to be able to enjoy the long outdoor evenings to come. As he had enough system parts in the trunk of his car it took me just a short moment of consideration to say: Fine – great idea, let’s do it right away!

I never claimed to be a practical guy, but together with Alex I managed to install large parts of that great system in just a couple of hours. Everything was really easy to do and I finally found myself in a “flow-mode” while getting closer to the final result - my own working in-lite system.

After that remarkable evening at the end of April, our new lighting system became the main issue of the neighborhood. Even when it was chilly outside, neighbors came by to sit with us and enjoy the wonderful illumination of trees and bushes. Everybody agreed this was a great thing to do.

Now we are living in an atmosphere of beauty, romance and illumination. As a matter of fact our terrace became an additional outdoor living area and we can hardly wait for the warm weather to come to spend evening hours there with a good glass of wine.

Installation was even easier than described by Alex and it took just 2 hours to have everything properly installed in the right place. I will shortly get back to you with the technical details of the system. And I can definitely say: Garden lighting is an easy way to enhance your quality of life at home! !

 

Rolf Krüger

Brochure Book of In-Lite

Rainworks Family Weekend in the Czech Republic Krkonose mountains

The Rainworks Family Weekend took place in a beautiful Czech Krkonose mountains resort Svaty Petr in Spindleruv Mlyn within last days. Warm and sunny May weather together with a great team spirit of participating members and their families have led to enjoyable mutual time full of new ideas and goals for the future of the Rainworks Alliance. Several members defeated the Elbe river spring on Friday afternoon that was quite symbolic as water is essential in our life same as in our garden and irrigation everyday business.