In this case study, CPL Business Consultants advised a manufacturer of anti-insect netting on markets for its products. 


The purpose of the study was to assess the market for anti-insect netting (anti-caterpillar, anti-whitefly and anti-thrips) in the protected cultivation sector of European and the Mediterranean Basin agriculture with a particular focus on France, Italy, Spain and Türkiye.

The main focus was on the structures and surface area of greenhouses currently covered by anti-insect netting, the lifetime of anti-insect netting, estimates of yield and revenue losses due to insects and the netting manufacturers.


The early stages of the research involved a review of the technical aspects related to the use of anti-insect netting through the scientific and trade literature and various internet sources, focussing primarily on France, Italy, Spain and Türkiye.

With these initial sources, CPL attempted to identify key individuals with expertise in this area. Where possible, individuals were contacted by telephone or approached by email. We developed a consolidated list of the key agricultural netting production companies in the key countries and noted any significant companies outside those countries if they kept reoccurring in our searches.

Where possible the companies were contacted by telephone, sometimes by email, in order to obtain information on their organisations and their product range and to address the other questions under review.

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Anti-Insect Netting

Objective and Method

Principal Findings

  • The use of Netting
  • The Market
  • Netting Manufacturers
  • Distributors
  • Channel Structure
  • Price of Netting at Grower Level
  • Yield and Revenue Losses Caused by Thrips, Aphids, Whiteflies And Lepidopterans
  • Augmentation of Insect Control in Structures using Anti-Insect Nets.
  • Reasons Growers do not use Anti-Thrips Netting


Greenhouse Area Currently Netted

  • Summary
  • General Introduction to Protected Cultivation Structures
  • Area of Protected Cultivation

Side-Wall Area in Plastic Structures

  • Summary
  • Area of Walk-In Plastic Covered Structures in Key European Markets
  • Side-Wall Coverings
  • Net-Houses
  • Low Tunnels and Crop Covers
  • Fruit Crops

Estimate of Yield and Revenue Losses

  • Summary
  • Economic Losses
    • Lepidopterans (Tuta absoluta)
    • Whiteflies
    • Thrips
    • Aphids

Insect Control Additional to Nets

  • Summary
  • IPM Packages for Tuta, Whiteflies, Thrips And Aphids
  • Recommended IPM Programmes
    • Tuta absoluta
    • Whiteflies
    • Thrips
  • Insect Incursion – Other Practical Experience

Reasons for Using Anti-Insect Netting

  • Summary
  • Reasons

Use of Shade Netting

  • Summary
  • Shading Characteristics of Anti-Insect Netting

Anti-Insect Netting Pricing

  • Summary
  • Net Pricing
    • European Companies
    • Chinese Companies

Lifetime of Anti-Insect Netting

  • Summary
  • Lifetime of Netting

Lifetime of Other Products

  • Summary
  • Longevity of Agricultural Plastics

Percentage Netted Area

  • Summary
  • Area Under Glass in Europe
  • Ventilation in Glasshouses
  • Ventilation with Screening
  • Theoretical Estimate of the Total Market Potential for Anti-Insect Net Glasshouse Ventilation Covers

Netting Manufacturers

  • Summary
  • French Companies
    • 15 companies
  • Italian Companies
    • 17 companies
  • Spanish Companies
    • 18 companies
  • Turkish Companies
    • 18 companies
  • UK Companies
    • 4 companies
  • Other Countries
    • 9 companies
  • Chinese Manufacturers
    • 15 companies

 Netting Distributors

  • Summary
  • Distributors in England
    • 2 companies
  • Distributors in France
    • 2 companies
  • Distributors in Italy
    • 2 companies
  • Distributors in Spain
    • 2 companies
  • Distributors in Türkiye
    • 3 companies

Channel Structure

  • Summary
  • The Distribution Channels
    • Direct Sales
    • Sales by a European Manufacturer/Supplier through a Local Distributor
    • Sales to a Greenhouse Construction Companies as Distributor
    • Sales by a non-European Manufacturer through a Distributor
    • Sales through a Regional Distributor and a Local Distributor

29 Tables

22 Figures

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