A researcher works at ADAMA's new global R&D center in Ne'ot Hovav.
(photo credit: NATALIE COHEN-KADOSH)
ADAMA, the world’s leading generic crop protection company, inaugurated its multi-million dollar advanced global research and development center on Tuesday in the southern industrial zone of Ne’ot Hovav.
The Tel Aviv-headquartered company, acquired by Beijing-based chemical company ChemChina in 2017, will initially welcome more than 100 researchers and chemists to its new agricultural research hub, and is expected to expand in the future.
In addition to its new global R&D center, ADAMA already operates product development centers in India, Brazil and Nanjing, China.
“This is a unique platform that will enable a strong connection between academic research and industry,” said Dr. Elad Shabtai, ADAMA’s VP Innovation, Development, Research and Regulatory Affairs.
“It will attract academics and researchers, professors and students from Israel and around the world, who will produce a range of partnerships that will enable the utilization of scientific knowledge in the company’s advanced products.”
Alongside the R&D center, the company installed advanced scale-up systems, including pilot and mini-pilot units, which enable direct and immediate contact between both the research and production units of the company.
The new research complex will focus on all stages of development, from basic chemical research to the development of active processes and materials, and to a final product for farmers.
Established in 1945, today ADAMA employs some 6,600 people and has a direct presence in 40 countries, offering more than 1,000 end-use products for all major crops to farmers in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, the company racked up sales worth $3.5 billion in 2017.
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