Specialty Biocides: China, Europe, India, United States

Specialty Biocides: The Reasons Behind Unexpected Industry Dynamics

Changing industry regulations and continuous developments across end-use applications are the key factors affecting the USD 4.5 billion market for specialty biocides in China, Europe, India, and the United States, according to Kline’s recently published chapters of its Specialty Biocides: Regional Market Analysis study.

Due to their nature and the variety of applications they are used in, biocides are often a key component in chemical formulations. The fact that some chemistries are under scrutiny in many countries makes this sizeable and rather mature market an unexpectedly dynamic industry, where regional markets are characterized by sets of completely different trends.Continue reading

Brazilian Seed Treatment Market

Brazilian Seed Treatment Market

Agribusiness represents 20% of the Brazilian GDP. One of the factors contributing to the continuing strength of Brazil in the growing global grain market is the rapid adoption of high value seeds. With Brazilian grain production narrowly focused on maize and soybeans, virtually every seed gets treated, often more than once before it is planted.  Kline estimates that nearly 45 million hectares planted received a seed treatment in 2013. Of course, with multiple treatments and crops added, such as rice and cotton, as many as 81 million hectare treatments were made to seeds in 2013.

The total seed treatment market is over USD 600 million in 2013. In terms of seed treatment fungicides, the main fungicide on a hectare treated basis is Maxim XL.Continue reading

Global Seed Treatment

The Seeds of Change – Global Seed Treatment Market Exceeds $2.6 Billion.

As the fastest growing segment of the agricultural input industry, the $2.6 billion global seed treatment market continues to be recognized as a cost-effective and environmentally favorable means of increasing crop productivity according to Kline’s imminent Seed Treatment Global Series: Market Analysis and Opportunities report.

Technology and licensing fees of genetically engineered seed traits have further significantly increased the cost of seed, consequently growers are much motivated to reduce seeding rates and encourage greater efficiency to reduce costs. Continue reading

Seed Treatment Trends

Seed treatment trends

Seed costs increased in the U.S. by 12.3% in 2007 and have been increasing 3-8% annually for the major Midwest crops during the last few years.  Corn, cotton and soybeans have been benefiting from the application of biotechnology and seed has reflected the extra cost of the value-added traits. As a result seed has become an increasingly valuable investment so that protection of the developing seed and newly emerged seedling has made strong economic sense.Continue reading