Nov. 20, 2018
By Leonardo Gottems, reporter for AgroPages
The Brazilian chemical company Oxiteno opened a laboratory to test and develop products for agribusiness in the city of Mauá, in the state of São Paulo. The new facility will simulate applications and test the effectiveness of technologies developed by the company in final formulations for customers. For strategic reasons, the amount invested was not disclosed.
Oxiteno's research and development center in Brazil was located within the company's plant in São Paulo, with the objective of locating it in close proximity to other chemical industries. Oxiteno is part of the Brazilian Ultra Group which, in addition to the agrochemicals market, also operates in the Personal Cleaning, Domestic and Institutional, Oil and Gas, and Paints and Coatings sectors.
According to Oxiteno, partnerships have been made with universities so that academics can use the company's structure for research aligned with the Group's objectives. The concept of the laboratory of Mauá was supported by the department of rural engineering of the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences of the Universidade Estadual Paulista.
In Brazil, Oxiteno also has another unit in the Camaçari Complex in the state of Bahia. The Brazilian company points out that other research centers, like this one in São Paulo, were opened in the United States and Mexico.
In Brazil, Oxiteno's main Crop Care products are emulsifiers, wetting agents, dispersants and solvents. "We have developed a broad portfolio of components and solutions that are added to the spray tank by farmers to ensure the effective application of herbicides, fungicides and insecticides," according to the company, based in Brazil.