With its fungicide sales up 25 percent last year and a forecast for strong demand to continue, Syngenta Crop Protection is investing in a major expansion of manufacturing capacity for its leading fungicide, azoxystrobin. Azoxystrobin is the foundation of the fungicide portfolio and can be found in brands such as Quadris, Quilt and Abound.
Azoxystrobin is protected under U.S. patents until 2014.
Syngenta announced the capacity expansion program in 2008, when it began with a planned investment of $600 million worldwide over three years for azoxystrobin and the insecticide thiamethoxam. In the U.S., the Syngenta manufacturing site in Omaha will operate on a new system utilizing continuous formulation instead of the current batch process.
Expansion at Omaha began in March 2009, and the new system is expected to be online by the first quarter of 2010.