Your trusted partner in agricultural lighting since 1974

HATO and client at cattle milk farm

Improving life through brightness

Since 1974, we have been working on the best lighting solutions for the agricultural sector.

We believe that an optimal light climate forms the basis for responsible and profitable livestock farming. Our knowledge of the sector and our genuine involvement with our customers form the basis for a durable cooperation and underline our role as a market leader.

That’s how we continuously improve the well-being of farmer and animal through our knowledge and lighting.

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Knowledge of the agricultural sector since 1974

Genuine relationships with our partners

Pioneer in the field of innovative lighting solutions for livestock farming

At HATO, we know that lighting is fundamental for globally responsible livestock farming.

By continuously investing in product innovation, knowledge sharing and cooperation, we aim to stay the number one lighting partner in worldwide livestock farming.

The history of HATO

  • 1974

    Where it all started

    In 1974, HATO was founded in Tegelen, in the Netherlands.

  • 1981

    Mushroom lighting

    HATO extended its portfolio with solutions for the mushroom sector.

  • 1995

    Expanding business

    HATO acquired Industrial Tube Lighting (ITL). Afterwards, HATO moved to Slootsekuilen in Beringe (NL).

  • 1997

    Welcome Paul Obers

    In 1997, Paul Obers, director and owner, joined the company as partner.

  • 1999

    Moving to Sittard

    In 1999, the company moved to Sittard where it is still located today.

  • 2008

    HATO Lighting Solutions

    The HATO Lighting Solutions department was established for the growing demand for tailor-made solutions outside the agricultural sector.

  • 2012

    LED’s the future

    HATO introduced a new LED product line for the agricultural sector. The CORAX and BUBO are still the best-selling HATO products nowadays.

  • 2017

    New Office

    HATO is branching out yet again. The building beside the former main office is being renovated, increasing the total area to 4900m2.

  • 2019

    HATO 45 years

    HATO celebrates 45 years full of passion, improved animal welfare and happy customers all over the world. Dutch engineering since 1974!

  • 2020

    HATO 2.0

    HATO acknowledges its leading position in the global market with a new corporate identity. We are fit for the future!

The HATO family

A family culture prevails within HATO and we operate accordingly. We work honestly, open and with respect. Our team consists of a mix of friendly professionals that share a common passion for the agricultural sector. They are more than happy to improve your life through their thorough knowledge of agricultural lighting.

Ronald Davies

Commercial Director
Thommes van Nierop HATO Marketing Director

Thommes van Nierop

Marketing Director

Susan Frijns

Head of Sales

Roy Godding

Business Development Director

Roel van der Linden

Business Director Cattle

Nikki Boumans

Business Development Manager

Bart Marchal

Business Development Manager
Irene Macian Diaz

Irene Macian Diaz

Business Development Manager

Joey Pernot

Content Marketeer

Kim Hendrix

BDM / Market Research

Renée Gehring

Sales Account Manager

Kumar Snijder

Sales Account Manager

Radjied de la Combé

Sales Account Manager
Robert Verberkt HATO

Robert Verberkt

Sales Account Manager
Cristabel Huerta HATO

Cristabel Huerta

Brightness Consultant

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