© Marc Chevalier – Sival

From 16 to 19 January 2017, Angers was the place to be for plant professionals. The Plants Week brought together four major events, including the 31st Sival and the VIBE business convention, organised in partnership with the European Natureef cluster.

Sival 2017 welcomed nearly 23,000 visitors -a new increase in attendance for the 31st edition of the international plant production techniques trade show that took place in Angers, Pays de la Loire. This year, the central theme was the agriculture of the future, with focuses on robotics and connected agriculture.

The event took place during the Plants Week, from 16 to 19 January, alongside three other events: the Plant Encounters, the Vegepolys Symposium and the VIBE, a series of business events that the Vegepolys competitiveness cluster organised with Natureef for the first time.

The VIBE-Natureef, a gateway to international opportunities

© Marc Chevalier – VIBE

For its fifth edition, the Vegepolys International Business Event (VIBE) joined forces with Natureef, a network of nine European clusters. Over two days, on 16 and 17 January, the Natureef seminar enabled 60 participants from 10 different countries to discover foreign markets and their opportunities, with the aim of considering trade missions.

The VIBE was also the chance to take part in a networking evening, a visit to Terra Botanica park, and, last but not least, an international business convention, with 130 companies from 20 countries taking part, and no less than 230 BtoB meetings organised over one day.

See also: Horticultural production: SIVAL, a fertile soil for international ambition


The Pays de la Loire, the leading horticultural region in France

The horticultural sector occupies a privileged place within the regional economy, and in particular in the Maine-et-Loire. The Pays de la Loire, the leading French region in terms of horticultural production, also focuses on innovation and international and hosts unmissable events for professionals. After the Plants Week in Angers, the next event will be in Nantes, with the Salon du végétal (Plant Trade Show from 20 to 22 June 2017) which brought together 13,000 professionals in 2016.

Sival and VIBE-Natureef: Angers, the plant capital