05 August 1995 00:00 [Source: ICB]
ZENECA AGROCHEMICALS has started construction of manufacturing facilities for its major new fungicide, coded 5504, at Grangemouth, Scotland (ECN 12 December 1994). The plant will cost £17.5m ($28.2m) and a further £3.5m will be invested in formulation facilities in Kent. Both units are scheduled for completion in Q3 1996 to meet Zeneca's launch plans for the 1997 crop season.
The Grangemouth unit will use a novel process designed and patented by Zeneca. The process has been adapted to make use of assets which were formerly part of a pyrimidine plant, making the project cost-efficient and speedy.
5504 is a very broad spectrum fungicide with applications in all the major agricultural and horticultural crops worldwide. It is derived from a group of chemicals known as strobilurin analogues which occur naturally in fungi. Zeneca claims 5504 will offer superior disease control where fungi have become resistant to existing products.
The first registration for 5504 was submitted in Germany last year with further submissions planned for 1995.
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