Syngenta to expand corn seed production capacity in Formosa, Brazil

Wed Feb 6, 2013 1:02am EST

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BASEL, Switzerland,  Feb. 6, 2013  /PRNewswire/ --

* Annual capacity to be quadrupled  
* Driven by grower demand for leading corn hybrids  
* Enabling expansion of integrated corn solutions

Syngenta today announced plans to invest  $77 million  in the expansion of its
corn seed production facility in Formosa,  Brazil. Annual capacity will be
quadrupled to 1.6 million bags by 2015.  

Corn production in  Brazil  is expected to almost double by 2020, spurred by
growth in the pork and poultry sectors. Over the same period, the value of 
Brazil's corn seed market is expected to reach  $2.7 billion  with increased
second season production and greater technology adoption.  

Syngenta's Chief Operating Officer,  John Atkin, said: "Brazil  is already among
the world's top three corn producers and has tremendous long-term growth
potential. The Formosa expansion will help us meet increasing grower demand for
our leading hybrids and our new trait combinations. These will also form part of
our new integrated solutions which focus on grain quality, water efficiency and
land optimization."

Syngenta's Formosa facility is located at the heart of 110,000 hectares of prime
corn growing country. The area's climate supports two growing seasons and
Syngenta's leading hybrid seed portfolio is well suited to the area. Formosa's
location close to  Brasilia  means logistics infrastructure is also good,
providing better export market access for growers.  

Syngenta is one of the world's leading companies with more than 27,000 employees
in over 90 countries dedicated to our purpose: Bringing plant potential to life.
Through world-class science, global reach and commitment to our customers we
help to increase crop productivity, protect the environment and improve health
and quality of life. For more information about us please go to

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