3 April 1998

Fungicides for 99

FUNGICIDE makers are gearing up to boost output of their latest products. But extra supplies will not be available until next season.

Zeneca is to spend £35m to double production of azoxystrobin, the active ingredient of Amistar.

Meanwhile, a new £46m plant in Spain came on stream at the end of Feb to boost production of BASFs kresoxim-methyl, the new active ingredient in Landmark and Mantra. That will supplement supplies from Brazil, which accounted for 99% of the companys supplies this year.

Dow Agrosciences says it expects to run its £19m Strasbourg factory for making quinoxyfen (in Fortress and Apres) at over twice current capacity for 1999.