The entrepreneur Andreas Gosch does not do things by halves. 18 months ago, the current managing director and project manager set himself a big goal: to build the most modern cannabis indoor production in Central Europe. Maximum efficiency, first-class flower quality and highest yields should be the trademarks of Swiss-based Metamount Schweiz AG. To achieve this, the company relied on the comprehensive project knowledge and lighting expertise of SANlight Solution from planning to commissioning.
From architect to cannabis grower
For Andreas Gosch, the entry into cannabis production was new territory. As an architect with more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry, his approach to work with transparent, reliable, and competent partners led to the successful implementation of his vision. An overall solution should be realized, which ensures a quantitatively and qualitatively high flower yield, makes up for the investments made and leads the young company into the profit zone. In close cooperation with the customer and suppliers, SANlight Solution has developed a customized illumination solution. Our longtime know-how in the field of cannabis production as well as the extensive network of partner companies and experts were incorporated. “Switzerland is very attractive for the cannabis industry,” Christian Hochfilzer, Ph.D., Director Horticulture at SANlight Solution explains. “The THC threshold for hemp is higher then in other countries, so you can more easily develop a stable production process keeping an eye on the export.”
Special attention was paid to the smart control of air humidity and the ambient temperature. “The illumination systems of the PQ6 and PQ4 series, which have proven themselves in cannabis production many times, were integrated into the multilevel system,” Christian further explains. “Due to the modular concept of the series, the luminaires can be integrated into the shelf system and wired cleanly. The special radiation characteristics of the PQ series guarantee a maximum and loss-free light penetration into the culture to reach deeper lying leaves and flowers. The result: Cannabis flowers of the highest quality with convincing yields can be reliably produced on two levels. After commissioning, all process parameters are optimized and unique selling points are developed in close cooperation. Thus based on the latest findings from SANlight Research. In a 2nd expansion stage, the implementation of a dimmable solution is planned.”
The importance of flexibility
According to Christian, the close cooperation with SANlight Solution and the successful implementation of the PQ6 as well as PQ4 LED luminaires guarantee Metamount Schweiz AG the highest flexibility, allowing an easy adaptation to changing customer and market requirements. “In such a competitive and rapidly changing market, it is of the utmost importance that grower can adapt and optimize the production process at their convenience.” On top of that, SANlight supported Metamount Schweiz AG also to achieve other important requirements such as minimal operating costs; very high flower yield with high content of ingredients (cannabinoids / terpenes); production environment for a variety of genetics; perfect implementation in movable shelf system; easy handling, operation and best working conditions; easy sterilization according to hygiene plan; suitability for production according to pharmaceutical industry requirements.
“SANlight Solution is the reliable partner for big projects,” Christian remarks. “We start from the request of the client, we do test trials and support the grower team, so to develop the right production processes together with them. Then, we implement the whole project and follow up until the wrap up of the production. We are an European solution provider, and we think local for local.”