Jun 18, 2020Syngenta unifies three business arms into single global entity
Syngenta Group Co. Ltd., announced June 18 the official launch of Syngenta Group, a new global leader in agricultural science and innovation.
Under a single entity, it unites the strengths of Syngenta AG, headquartered in Switzerland, ADAMA, based in Israel, and the agricultural businesses of Sinochem, based in China.
From its inception, Syngenta Group is the global market leader in crop protection, the global number three in seeds, the market leader in fertilizer in China and, with its Modern Agriculture Platform (MAP) Farmer Solution Centers, the leading agriculture services provider in China. It offers comprehensive agronomic solutions and digital agricultural services.
With 15 key production sites the group’s mission is to deploy scientific innovations, technologies and services to help farmers sustainably provide the world with better food, feed, fiber and fuel, while conserving resources and protecting the environment.
Under its new structure, the organization encompasses four business units:
- Syngenta Crop Protection led by Jon Parr based in Basel, Switzerland
- Syngenta Seeds led by Jeff Rowe based in Chicago
- ADAMA led by Ignacio Dominguez based in Airport City, Israel
- Syngenta Group China led by Hengde Qin based in Shanghai
Erik Fyrwald, formerly CEO of Syngenta AG, becomes Syngenta Group CEO; Chen Lichtenstein, formerly CEO of ADAMA becomes Syngenta Group CFO; Steve Landsman becomes Syngenta Group General Counsel, and Laure Roberts becomes Syngenta Group Chief Human Resources Officer.
Each of the companies incorporated into Syngenta Group have a long history of accomplishment, reaching back over 250 years. In addition to Switzerland, Israel and China, the Group has deep roots in many other countries, including the U.S., where the global Syngenta Seeds business and R&D are headquartered, Brazil and UK. The Syngenta Group is among the most diverse businesses in the world.
“Our sustainability as an enterprise depends on the health of the soil and the environment as a whole,” said Fyrwald. “We measure our success not just by our business performance, but by the benefits we bring to farming and the environment.”
Upcoming Good Growth Plan
The group’s approach is embodied in its Good Growth Plan, in which its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations is firmly anchored. In late June 2020, Syngenta Group will announce its new Good Growth Plan. This will be the Group’s first major initiative after its launch and will address the shifting challenges faced by farmers around the world and society’s changing expectations of agricultural technology and sustainability.
Sustainability and collaboration are also at the heart of Syngenta Group’s research and development activities. At more than 100 R&D sites, the Group’s chemists and biologists collaborate extensively with growers, academics, NGOs, businesses and regulators with the goal of providing seed, crop protection and nutrition innovations and technologies capable of sustainably ensuring food security and enhancing global prosperity.