Best-in-class incubation solutions – for superior chick quality, health and growth.

What we do

At HatchTech, we work closely with our customers to help them improve their productivity and efficiency. How? By using our research-based knowledge and technology to provide best-in-class incubation solutions that enable superior chick quality, health and growth.


Key Differentiators


HatchTech is – and always will be – a knowledge-driven company. Our work is guided by the work of our research team, whose scientific capabilities provide a platform for us to innovate and evolve.


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Over time, our experts have developed extensive insights into a wide range of industry subjects and issues. They are ready to pass on their knowledge, by helping you develop your staff and maximise results for your business.
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We invest a great deal of skill and care in developing our systems, but our commitment to our customers doesn’t end there. With our comprehensive portfolio of after-sales services, we make sure you get the most out of your investment.
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HatchTech in numbers

Don’t just take our word for it: the numbers tell the real story of what makes HatchTech so unique. 


Highly skilled employees

From researchers to engineers, constructors to salespeople – we are all innovators with a common purpose: to build a better future by finding new solutions to critical issues. Join us.



Countries where our customers are based

HatchTech customers in over 40 countries rely on our know-how, expertise and incubation equipment. Hear what our customers have to say.


PhD candidates

Our researchers participate in leading major conferences around the world, while the results of their work are often published in leading technical and scientific journals. Read more.


European Poultry Breeding Personality

In 2018, our CEO and founder, Tjitze Meter, won the European Poultry Breeding Personality award for his innovative work and its contribution to the poultry industry.

Our people are the driving force behind our success – and always will be.

Together, our employees provide the creativity, innovation and energy required to carry out our mission. We want people who see past the tried-and-tested approach and can bring us to the brink of impossible. Could that be you?


Our History

  • 1996

    HatchTech begins life as a designer, manufacturer and supplier of ostrich incubators. Founder Tjitze Meter’s philosophy – that incubation can be done differently – is already firmly in place.

  • 1997

    Lagerwey, a leading Dutch poultry producer, contracts HatchTech to help design its new hatchery and develop the hatchery’s ventilation system.

  • 1998

    With the support of leading poultry researchers, Tjitze Meter discovers the importance of maintaining optimal embryo temperatures during incubation. The HatchTech MicroClimer concept is born.

  • 1999

    HatchTech receives an order for the delivery of a complete Lagerwey hatchery and also works with a Dutch supplier to develop a new incubator.

  • 2001

    HatchTech expands its product engineering operations.

  • 2003

    Work begins on the first prototype of the HatchBrood machine.

  • 2004

    HatchTech launches its own in-house research department with the addition of two PhD students.

  • 2005

    HatchTech begins developing cooling and heating systems on a customer-by-customer basis.

  • 2008

    Launch of HatchTech’s Chinese business unit.

  • 2012

    Development of the HatchCare hatcher system begins, based on key learnings from HatchBrood.

  • 2013

    HatchCare undergoes development for commercial use. Meanwhile, the HatchCare Experience Centre opens at HatchTech’s headquarters in Veenendaal.

  • 2014

    HatchCare is revealed to the public at the VIV and EuroTier trade fairs, resulting in HatchTech winning the VIV Innovation Award for Hatching & Breeding.

  • 2015

    The first HatchCare hatchers are installed at hatcheries in the Netherlands and Canada. Meanwhile, HatchTech’s Ukrainian operation opens its doors. HatchTech also secures a patent for a slow-warming profile at the start of the incubation process.

  • 2016

    The HatchTech Research Team completes and defends its PhD project: Effects of temperature and CO2 during late incubation on broiler chicken development.

  • 2017

    The world’s first ‘transparent hatchery’ – Optibrut GmbH – opens in Germany. Seleggt, a joint venture between HatchTech and REWE focused on in-egg gender identification, is founded.

  • 2018

    Seleggt wins the CIWF Best Innovation award in Paris, while Respeggt eggs developed through the joint venture go on sale across 255 German supermarkets. Tjitze Meter wins the 2018 VIV European Poultry Breeder Personality Award.

  • 2020

    HatchTech develops and provides Seleggt a carrousel to make in-ovo sexing reality on a bigger scale. Being the first in the world to have Respeggt eggs commercial available in retail stories in Germany, the Netherlands and France.

HatchTech Group – where smart innovation is the core business.

HatchTech is part of the HatchTech Group, an innovation-focused company using research and the latest technologies to develop early-stage solutions for the food industry and other markets worldwide. By revolutionising chick hatching and transportation, and pioneering new innovations such as in-egg gender identification and vertical farming, we help customers in over 40 countries to maximise performance while driving sustainability and animal welfare.


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