You will find kibbutzim all around Israel, which traditionally were communities that depended on agriculture for survival. Today, these communities no longer rely on the land, but, rather, their own innovations to support themselves - and some are doing spectacularly well.
From drip irrigation to stone surfaces for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, and flooring, and lenses for eyeglasses to automated pool cleaners, our friends at nocamels (Israeli Innovation News) tell us more about the profitable technologies and innovations of these once humble farmers.
Kibbutz Hazerim’s Netafim
Netafim is synonymous with the famous Israeli invention of drip irrigation, which is now helping countries around the world to conserve water and save money by supplying plants with just the right amount of water.
The drip irrigation technique was developed back in the 60s by Israeli engineer and inventor Simcha Blass, along with Kibbutz Hazerim, which later started manufacturing the original drip irrigation systems on site.
Since then, Netafim – which currently employs 4,000 employees around the world – opened two additional plants in Israeli kibbutzim Magal and Yiftah, as well as 13 international manufacturing facilities in 11 countries, with representative offices in 110 countries.
Kibbutz Yizre’el’s Maytronics
Everyone knows the robots that clean swimming pools, but not everyone knows that a third of them come from Kibbutz Yizre’el, a rural collective community in Northern Israel.
Back in the 70s, Yizre’el’s Maytronics started manufacturing these automated pool cleaners, which can be seen in thousands of swimming pools around the world.
Now worth over $1 billion, Maytronics is set to invest about $5 million in a second manufacturing facility in Israel.
With Israeli kibbutzim designing and manufacturing everything from multifocal lenses to innovative robots, their 107-year-old legacy is clearly here to stay.