The Netafim Story
Netafim was founded in 1965 by farmers and Agronomists on the idea that micro-irrigation is a solution to one of the world's most urgent problems: lack of quality water for food production. That idea is still at the heart of all Netafim products, which are designed to promote water conservation.
Today Netafim is among the largest irrigation companies in the world, with factories and offices in over 120 countries. Netafim USA, a division of the Netafim International Group, is headquartered in Fresno, California. Netafim USA offers a full-line of products for a variety of markets including Agriculture, Landscape & Turf, Greenhouse & Nursery, Mining and Wastewater. Our products are sold through Dealers and Distributors in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean. Visit our global web site.
Netafim Drip Technology Offers a World of Benefits
Drip consists of flexible polyethylene tubing with drippers permanently welded to the tubing's wall – as well as drippers punched onto the outside wall of the tubing. The drippers slowly emit specified amounts of water and nutrients, at low pressure, directly to the plant's root zone. This continual delivery of water and nutrients increases the grower's ability to manage crop production, resulting in earlier, more profitable harvests, as well as enhanced consistency in yields from year to year. Energy, water and fertilizer costs are minimized to further improve profitability. With minimal loss of water to runoff and evaporation – as well as uniform application to plants, drip irrigation offers a world of benefits.
Solutions for Agriculture
Netafim drip irrigation products are primarily used to reap the earliest, maximum harvests from permanent tree, vine and row crops. From sugar cane in Hawaii to wine grapes in California's Napa Valley, and from cotton in Texas to citrus trees in Florida – Netafim's products help growers reap healthy, profitable harvests.
Solutions for Greenhouse and Nursery
Netafim solutions for greenhouses and nurseries support efficient use of water eliminating hand watering, reducing labor costs. Our watering systems uniformly distribute water and nutrients to all plants in the nursery or greenhouse for improved plant quality and production.
Solutions for Landscape and Turf
Landscape professionals have long recognized the benefits of drip irrigation for new plantings. Lush landscapes can be maintained using as much as 50% less water than with other methods. Immediately available to the root zone, water isn't wasted through evaporation, wind overspray, mist or surface run-off. Foliage is kept dry, greatly reducing fungal diseases. Drip irrigation also eliminates bothersome stains on buildings and lessens the potential for liability that can arise from slippery sidewalks.
Solutions for Wastewater Management
Responding to the growing challenges of wastewater dispersal, Netafim has developed Bioline Subsurface drip systems for wastewater applications. Bioline integrates state-of-the-art wastewater recycling technology with proven irrigation technology, economically disposing of wastewater by turning it into a productive irrigation resource. Consumption of precious freshwater resources is reduced, while the cost to keep landscapes flourishing is minimized.
Solutions for Mining
Netafim USA's mining division offers gold and copper mines dripperline products compliment conventional leaching methods by offering a more efficient method for applying chemicals during the leaching process. The use of dripperline reduces or replaces the need for spraying chemicals into the air, and eliminates the “ponding” of chemicals at the mining site.
Netafim has long understood the need and value of education. In 1998 we formalized it with the inception of Netafim University. Since then, Netafim University has brought together agricultural professionals from around the world.
Netafim University -- a training program designed to help customers get the most from their micro-irrigation equipment and their relationship with Netafim. Through Netafim University Professional Study Programs, Netafim will educate over 500 agricultural professionals by bringing them together with industry experts to discuss the industry's latest advancements.
Netafim University's Professional Study Tours are ten-day educational expeditions designed to give growers and irrigation dealers a competitive advantage by learning first-hand about global advancements in irrigation technology from growers using drip systems in countries around the world. Netafim offers both of these programs at little to no cost to the individuals participating.
Netafim USA's Industry Recognitions
Netafim's philosophy of continuous improvement helps us earn ongoing prestigious acknowledgements
ISO Certification. Netafim is ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified. These important certifications are Netafim’s commitment to best management practices to ensure that our management systems consistently meet the highest standards in the industry. To maintain these certifications we nurture a culture of continuous improvement and innovation.
2006 California Challenge Award, Small Manufacturing Category (State-level affiliate of the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award). Acknowledges our work towards continuous improvement and achievement of high performance standards established by the Baldridge award criteria in the areas of leadership, strategic planning, customer and market focus, measurement, analysis and knowledge management, human resources focus, process management and business results.
2005 EPA Waste Wise Award. The US Environmental Protection Agency recognized Netafim USA's waste reduction achievements throughout our manufacturing processes and in field installations.
2005 Environmental Management Systems Certifications. Netafim has received the ISO 14001:2004 Certification for its efficient manufacturing processes, concern for employee safety and commitment to the environment.
2001 APICS Company of the Year Award/San Joaquin Chapter. APICS, internationally known and respected for leading the way in production excellence, presented Netafim this award for service to our growing customer base and education of our employees.
2000 Excellence in Business Award/Manufacturing. Presented by the Central Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Fresno Business Council and the Economic Development Corporations of Central California for Netafim USA's corporate success and growth, high ethical standards, employee and customer service and concern for the environment.
Leading the change in how people use water through drip technology.
We will passionately promote Drip everywhere we do business and will significantly expand its use through excellence in:
- Innovative, hassle-free products and services
- Knowledge sharing
- Providing for the needs of our customers, business partners and employees
Our Core Values
Integrity - we conduct ourselves with the highest of standards.
Trust is built everyday by doing what we say we will do.
Teamwork - we rely on each other for our mutual success.
Commitment - we take personal responsibility for excellence and quality in everything we do.
Respect - we recognize the value of fellow team members, customers, and business partners.