BASF meets demand for kresoxim-methyl
STROBILURIN fungicide sales from one supplier should suffer no shortages next season after the speedy construction of a new manufacturing plant in Spain.
With a second generation of still more active strob fungicides due for launch within the next few years, BASF expects its share of fungicide sales to soar within Europe.
Strong demand for products based on kresoxim-methyl, such as Landmark and Mantra, has already seen its pesticide sales across Europe leap almost 20% this year, the company claimed at its annual results announcement in Spain last week.
But market share in the UK was less than 10%, mainly due to supply problems. "We could have sold considerably more strobilurin products this year if they had been available," says Brian Beech, managing director of BASF crop protection in the UK.
With BASFs new high capacity strobilurin plant at Tarragona now on stream next year should see no such shortfall, says Mr Beech.
Further ahead a second generation of strobilurins offering a step-wise advance in efficacy should be available within a few years, says BASFs head of crop protection, Friedrich Vogel.
With patents on two-thirds of strobilurin compounds, BASF will lead the way, he predicts. Strobilurin competitor Zeneca has just 15% of such patents, he says.
Strobilurins unlimited. BASFs new manufacturing site at Tarragona, Spain, will provide all the kresoxim-methyl Europe needs. Built in just 13-and-a-half months, it includes a treatment plant able to purify more waste water than a town of 120,000 people produces.