On August 16 and 17, 2022, the 6th China Pesticide Exporting Workshop (2022CPEW), organized jointly by AgroPages and Zhejiang Crop Protection Industry Association, was held in Hangzhou, China, as scheduled.
In its August summer heat, the city of Hangzhou warmly welcomed nearly 600 representatives from 250 enterprises worldwide, a record number of participants.
Since the beginning of this year, many events, such as the Russia-Ukraine conflict, COVID-19 and the drought, have directly or indirectly affected the global crop planting structure, production and supply of crop protection products. In such a volatile market environment, 2022CPEW not only focuses on the macro factors affecting the global agrochemical market and the critical market dynamics but also addresses the concerns of pioneering manufacturers on developing business strategies to serve global agriculture better.
Wu Yanming, Chairman of Zhejiang Crop Protection Industry Association, made an opening speech on behalf of the organizers, saying that holding the workshop at this time is of particular significance. The agrochemical industry has played a good part in securing China’s food supply and food security.
Left: Wu Yanming, Chairman of Zhejiang Crop Protection Industry Association
Mid: Du Hui, Dep General Manager of Qilu Crop Protection Business Unit. Board Chairman of Huaxing Chemical
Right: Liu Shi, Executive Vice President of Da Bei Nong
Keywords： Food Trade，Biotechnology，Industrial chain， Logistics
In his report, Andrey Sizov, General Manager of SovEcon, a grain trade consultancy in the Black Sea region, talked about wheat, corn and rapeseed productions, prices and other latest developments in the Black Sea region, like Russia and Ukraine. He says that Russia's winter wheat planting area has increased significantly in the past two decades. To some extent, Russia and Ukraine are the beneficiaries of global warming, growing more wheat. Russia has become the world’s largest wheat exporter, whilst Ukraine’s primary export commodities are corn and barley. However, due to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Ukraine’s corn and wheat exports have been seriously affected, while Russia is less affected. He believes that the biggest obstacle to Russia’s exports is the grain export quota running out. Ukraine’s winter wheat production may decrease by 20 to 30% due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The current market environment is challenging; Andrey Sizov believes the market is close to the bottom and may even have passed the bottom. Prices have fallen back from historical highs for fertilizers, pesticides, or other crop protection products. The year 2023 is hugely challenging for all farmers and agrochemical suppliers.
Andrey Sizov, General Manager of SovEcon, a grain trade consultancy in the Black Sea region
The new round of agricultural science and technology revolution is unstoppable and has now attracted significant attention from all countries worldwide. In the eyes of Liu Shi, Executive Vice President of Da Bei Nong Group, biotechnology and digital technology will be the underlying technologies of agricultural science and technology in the future. He expressed his great expectation for the technical revolution and overall efficiency improvement brought by biotechnology and digital technology. The emergence of biotechnology has significantly impacted globalization, capitalization of agriculture, consolidation of seed manufacturers, farming and using herbicides and insecticides. In particular, the effect of biotechnology on the productivity and yield of crops, such as corn and soybean, has been very evident. He estimates that if China opens its market in the future, the market share of biotechnology may reach 80% in four to five years.
Zhang Yansheng, Chief Analyst of the Chemical Industry of Cinda Securities, analyzed the Chinese chemical industry compared to other countries. He pointed out that China’s export proliferates rapidly, which is not contributed by developed destination countries such as the United States (US), Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom. Developing countries such as Thailand and Vietnam contribute more. China’s exports to the US are far behind the growth rate of Vietnam’s exports to the US, where Americans buy more Vietnamese products. At the same time, Vietnam has become the fourth largest exporter to China. China’s exports to Vietnam are mostly semi-finished products, indicating that Vietnam is a terminal player in the Chinese industrial chain. In other words, Vietnam is an end-exporter to Europe and the US.
Nevertheless, Vietnam does not have a complete industrial system yet. This is the actual case at this time. The transfer of the industrial chain may take place gradually, one step at a time.
Xiao Jiajun, Global Purchasing Director of Nufarm - General Manager of Active Ingredients of Nufarm Shanghai, shared Nufarm’s strategies and counter-measures under the current increased supply chain uncertainties, having proposed to learn and identify vulnerabilities in the supply chain and make improvements accordingly. As a procurement strategy, the most essential thing is to avoid the single supplier situation to ensure secured supply. This must be deployed well in advance, considering supplier differentiation (region, production process, nature of supplier, etc.). In addition to external risks, Nufarm has improved its internal system and data management. In addition, it has further identified the vulnerabilities in the internal and external logistic service, including problems with logistic suppliers and different entities involved in the logistic supply chain.
Keywords：Supplying，ICAMA, Chemical Industry Park，China，India
Cao Bingwei, a senior researcher at ICAMA (Institute for the Control of Agrochemicals of the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs), analyzed the situation of Chinese pesticide exports in the last decade and recent years. He elaborated on the policies and measures to promote pesticide exportation during the COVID-19 epidemic. According to his data, due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the impact of COVID-19 and supply chain disruptions, global demand for Chinese pesticides increased from 66% before the epidemic to 84% in 2021 (percentage of export over production output). Last year, Chinese pesticide exports crossed Yuan100 billion for the first time in history. In the last decade, the proportion of Chinese export of technicals has dropped by 10%, while that of formulations rose by 10%. In the first half of 2022, Chinese pesticide exports reached 834,907 tons (converted to 100% content), up 9.26% year on year; The export value was Yuan79.4594 billion, up 63.91% year on year.
Left: Cao Bingwei, a senior researcher at ICAMA
Right: Li Bin, a professor-level senior engineer of Shenyang Sinochem Agrochemicals R&D Co., Ltd and chief scientist of Jiangsu Yangnong Chemical Co., Ltd
In the last 20 years, the creation of chemical pesticides has become increasingly tricky and going slower and slower. Du Hui, Deputy General Manager of the Crop Protection Division of Qilu Pharmaceutical Group and Chairman of Huaxing Chemical, says in his address that the 2020 global top 20 agrochemical companies still show no Chinese company. The gap in turnover and profitability between Chinese companies and multinationals is on the research capability and the two ends of the ″smile curve,″ which are research and brand. China’s research and development have progressed significantly, but there is still a gap compared to the world’s leading enterprises. China’s business strength lies in its mid-stream production capacity. When we reach above 65% of the global pesticide production, the manufacturing capacity gets more robust, which will then influence the downstream industry. Qilu Crop Protection is committed to breaking through the whole industrial chain from research and development, manufacturing to formulation, to the market terminal, thus bringing greater value to the industry.
Shenyang, Deputy General Manager of Jiangsu Yangnong Chemical Co., Ltd, recalled the business development of Yangnong since its establishment in 1999, focusing on the development strategy in recent years. For Yangnong, the integration of research, production and marketing is a significant growth driver, which integrates cultivation of the innovation ability, rapid research commercialization ability, capacity extension ability, product ″backward integration″ ability, intrinsic safety and green development ability. He says that the long-standing competitiveness of Yangnong’s agricultural products is inseparable from the company’s insistence on ″backward integration.″ Most of the products originated from the petrochemical industry’s basic raw materials, which prevented Yangnong’s production from being restrained by other suppliers. Yangnong possesses various complex reaction capabilities and a waste treatment facility that runs beyond the environmental regulation requirement. Regarding the 18 hazardous chemical processes subject to national monitoring and supervision, 13 of which involve fine chemicals, Yangnong has done in-depth research, and 11 of the fine chemicals were properly treated by well-established industrial processes, which are nitrification, fluoride, chlorination and diazotization, etc.
Left: Shenyang, Deputy General Manager of Jiangsu Yangnong Chemical Co., Ltd
Mid: Xiao Jiajun, Global Purchasing Director of Nufarm - General Manager of Active Ingredients of Nufarm Shanghai
Right: Fan Guoqiang, General Manager of Beijing Ruizexing Technology Co., Ltd
Yang Guangliang, Professor-Level Senior Engineer of China National Petroleum & Chemical Planning Institute, gave a briefing on the infrastructures (power supply, heat supply, gas supply, water supply, sewage treatment and solid waste treatment) of Qingshui Industrial Park of Shaanxi Yushen Industrial Park, Pucheng County High-Tech Industrial Development Zone, Gansu Yumen East Building Materials & Chemical Industry Park and Jinchang Hexipu Chemical Circular Economy Industrial Park. He presented the advantages and disadvantages of existing pesticide enterprises settled within these industrial parks and the development of pesticide and intermediate industries, having analyzed the pesticide industry deployment and the common problems encountered in the chemical parks. He stressed that the availability of sewage facilities is the key to the manufacturer’s option for presence in the chemical parks. In addition, it is necessary to check the supply of supporting raw materials, the regional economic level and the traffic conditions.
Fan Guoqiang, General Manager of Beijing Ruizexing Technology Co., Ltd, based on his 25-year industry experience, expressed with emotion his personal feeling about the business development and business features of the pesticide industry in India and China, as well as the competition and cooperation between the two countries. He says that the Indian pesticide industry is influenced quite significantly by the Chinese market, and since 2011, India’s dependence on intermediates and raw materials from China reached a historical peak. Later, affected by China’s Lianyungang Incident, the Xiangshui Incident, and the dual energy control policy in 2021, Indian enterprises felt worried and became uneasy. Gharda, Tagros, Hemani, Maghmani and Crystal have begun to move upstream to reduce dependence on Chinese supplies. In September 2020, the Indian government announced an investment of ₹250 billion in producing 75 kinds of crucial chemicals and raw materials. However, he believes that although India is trying to support its industrial chain, it cannot easily replace China’s pesticide manufacturing capacity and complete basic chemical industry infrastructure in a short time.
Left: Yang Guangliang, Professor-Level Senior Engineer of China National Petroleum & Chemical Planning Institute
Right: Zhang Yansheng, Chief Analyst of Chemical Industry of Cinda Securities
Keywords： Demanding，Inventory, Price, Risk, Regulations，Opportunity & Challenge，Brazil，US， Turkey，Kazakhstan
Terry Kippley, President of CPDA (Council of Producers and Distributors of Agrotechnology), deeply understands the US-China pesticide trade. His presentation illustrates the market challenges to agrochemical production and distribution in the United States. The total market value of the US crop protection market is nearly US$9 billion; market attractiveness will remain in the future. However, 2023 may see many challenges such as market fluctuation, higher inventory than expected, high inventory prices, supply chain pressure and the continued commodity price rise. As of June 2022, US inflation exceeded 9%; energy prices rose 41%; and food prices rose 10%. In the crop protection market, compared with 2018 - 2022, glyphosate imports increased by 55% from January to May 2022, an increase of 88% year on year. In his presentation, Terry Kippley talked about the impact of the energy crisis and the trade policies on the US agrochemical market, which resulted in ″dual sourcing″, which means that companies are looking for ways to make their supply chains more dependable based on geographic position. Kippley believes local sourcing will remain mainstream in 2022; companies will invest in capacity expansion to improve operational efficiency. Demand will continue to grow due to the ″Bring Back″ movement, with the annual growth rate in US chemical production reaching 15% by January. In one survey, 97% of the US companies have plans to increase their capacity to meet the new demand.
Dean Hendrickson, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at CHS, has an extensive hands-on experience in US terminal distribution practices. In his presentation, Hendrickson used data to show the changes and influencing factors to the US crop protection market, highlighting the energy and supply chain impacts. In 2021, glyphosate was the best-sale active ingredient on the market. As a result, the US crop protection and crop nutrition market may become more volatile than in the past. Glufosinate, 24-D and pre-emergence resistance treatment agents are expected to grow, whilst dicamba may decline. The crop protection market in 2022 increased considerably over 2021, but the growth rate will slow down on entering 2023. The energy price rise has led to a shortage of raw materials and insufficient supply in the crop protection industry, affecting the availability of labor, transportation and packaging. Hendrickson also spoke about the marketing plans of several giant companies, including Bayer, BASF, Corteva, Syngenta, and FMC, who have planned price increases soon. He expects the impact of COVID-19 and the supply chain disruptions to persist in 2023; the supply-demand rebalancing and trait dynamics will be significant drivers.
Jones Yasuda, Connection Adviser & Management LTDA, a Brazilian consultant, used to hold various job positions in multinational and Brazilian companies, being a Brazilian market expert well known to many Chinese agrochemical companies. He analyzed the risks in the Brazilian market by reviewing the market since 2008. In 2008, the reduction of China’s glyphosate import tax resulted in a large number of glyphosate imports; later, the outbreak of financial crisis led to a large stock of pesticides; the import tax of glyphosate technical fell from 9.6% to 3.8%, profit of glyphosate decreased sharply. By 2022, the supply chain in China and Brazil has both, changed over the last decade, and a new import pattern has gradually been formed. Now, growers are directly involved in product importation, while distributors have changed the way of market entry through mergers and acquisitions. Meanwhile, multinational companies have negotiated with many Brazilian enterprises on sales and inventory. For pesticides and seeds, there is a tendency to trade directly with small and medium-sized farmers, which may become the primary trade model in the future.
Jones Yasuda, in his presentation, also gave a prediction about Brazil’s future market direction, saying that the inventory of products in the Brazilian market is more extensive than in past years. In the future, the lower tariff on glyphosate and the replenishment of products will lead to a price fall of pesticides; the negotiation and procurement time for the 2023-2024 season will return to the standard time point, which is the second quarter of 2023. In general, the Brazilian terminal market has tremendous development and growth opportunities.
Wu Kang, Technical Director of Congshan Consultancy, presented his deep insight into the Brazilian agrochemical market, using data to illustrate pesticide applications in Brazil’s planting seasons. He says that from 2017 to the present, Brazil’s cultivated land has increased by 18%, whereby soybean and corn planting areas have increased by nearly 20%, wheat by 40% and cotton by 75%. Brazil’s soybean pesticide applications account for more than 50% of all, half of which are applied to controlling soybean rust, valued at roughly $2 billion. Regarding fungicides, a farmer’s average cost of fungicide application is $13/Hectare (Ha), at an average dosage of 0.75 kg/Ha and at an average price of $17/Ha. It is worth noting that multi-site fungicides are considered a priority in Brazilian agricultural practices because they are critical in preventing and controlling soybean rust. In this regard, the mainstream products are mancozeb and chlorothalonil. The sales of fungicides such as mancozeb, chlorothalonil, pyraclostrobin, picoxystrobin, tebuconazole and prothioconazole have constantly been growing in Brazil. Furthermore, he talked about the effects of major fungicides in Brazil on specific diseases. He recommended the registration of mixture products and elaborated on the changes in the registration process and the opportunities brought by the policies of prohibition and restriction.
Jim Eckles, Managing Director of Strategia Ag, a consultancy, introduced to participants the characteristics of agricultural production/export in the critical Latin American markets such as Mexico, Peru, Argentina and Brazil, as well as the business environment of these countries in recent years. He proposed different business development strategies for foreign companies that wish to develop these markets. For example, Latin America is a leading food supplier to the world and an important market that merits an investment. Concerning development strategy, Jim Eckles says that it is easier to develop exportation to smaller markets, but in other markets, such as Brazil, Argentina and Mexico, it is necessary to think about long-term development at the very beginning and even set up local companies. He stressed that overseas companies need to understand the local industry features and culture, it is important to obtain local support. Asian managers must consider and understand Latin culture, local management skills, communication skills and decision-making process when collaborating with local customers, partners and staff.
Left: Zhang Jingjing, Technical Officer of REACH24H
Right: Wu Kang, Technical Director of Congshan Consultancy
Berkan Kaya, Import & International Trade Director in Deva Agro Group, Turkey, gave an overview of Turkish agriculture, agrochemical market and imports, having analyzed the Turkish market’s difficulties and the market’s price trends. In his report, he spoke about the Turkish market’s main technical and formulation imports in 2021. He says that through analysis of the use volumes in the last 15 years, it is apparent that plant growth regulators will have tremendous growth potential in the Turkish market. Kaya also talked about the current obstacles existing in the Turkish market. The Turkish Ministry of Agriculture follows EU regulations in respect of control of MRLs, based on which MOA bans or restricts active ingredients. A total of 39 new active ingredients are on the list of prohibitions in 2022, now awaiting a final decision. Besides, the market is facing a series of problems like exchange rate fluctuation, high registration costs, regulatory changes, higher inputs cost due to exchange rate depreciation and the negative impact of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis. All these factors are hurting the Turkish agricultural market.
Almas Akhmediya, International Business Manager of First Agrochemical, delivered his presentation in three parts - country, crop protection market and the company while focusing on the crop protection market in Kazakhstan, which covers the major product portfolio and market situation in Turkey. Akhmediya says the country’s crop protection market value was about $178 million in 2021. As one of the world’s top 10 grain exporters, Kazakhstan has a promising agricultural sector. Kazakhstan’s share of local production is 15% of the total pesticide consumption. Since there is no technical base for the synthesis of active ingredients, the manufacture of formulations in Kazakhstan depends entirely on imported active ingredients and premixes. In his presentation, Akhmediya provided information on the most prominent active ingredients used in Kazakhstan and information on major importers and import data. As a leading local crop protection distribution company, Akhmediya stressed that the business model, including technical consulting and follow-up technical guidance, is the priority in establishing cooperation with First Agrochemical.
Zhang Jingjing, Technical Officer of REACH24H, Hangzhou, shared valuable information on the pesticide prohibition and restriction status quo in the three crucial agrochemical markets – the United States, Brazil and the European Union (EU). She says that from the prohibition standards perspective, the EU regulation is not only oriented to risks but is also hazard-oriented. The most substantial reason for the ban on glufosinate in the European Union is because it is classified as 1B. Regarding glyphosate, its hazard classification was announced this May, being classified as not carcinogenic, which is good news for the approval of glyphosate’s follow-up substances. The regulation of the US is entirely risk-oriented. In normal circumstances, as long as the risk of use of a substance is determined and endorsed, the product will remain in use. If the risk is uncontrollable, the product will be banned. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will try to find ways to mitigate risks, striving to get the risk of the product controllable, like for neonicotinoid insecticides and chlorpyrifos. In addition, she suggested that companies wishing to go for registration in Brazil must first understand the dynamics of relevant active substances in Europe and the US.
Keywords：New molecules，Research & Innovation
In his report, Hitoshi Kudo, General Manager of Agriscience Division of Mitsui & Co., Ltd, shared views with participants as to how a company could use its strong resource integration capability to participate in the global agrochemical market competition. Mitsui & Co’s business strategy is to ally with Japanese R&D companies to distribute products worldwide. Why focus on Japanese companies? Hitoshi Kudo says that since the 1980s of the 20th Century, 100 of the 350 new active substances are from Japanese companies, which have robust active substance development capability. However, Japanese companies have limited business promotion, registration and marketing capabilities. In addition, previous cooperation with multinational companies made competitors stronger and inhibited the sales and technical development of Japanese companies. To get Japanese R & D companies out of this negative situation, Mitsui & Co., Ltd strives to build up global platforms to facilitate the development of new molecules, registration capabilities, and sales of Japanese companies. In addition, a strong business network has been built globally, starting in Europe and growing to other parts of the world, including the biological business in the US.
Li Bin, a professor-level senior engineer of Shenyang Sinochem Agrochemicals R&D Co., Ltd and chief scientist of Jiangsu Yangnong Chemical Co., Ltd, spoke of dozens of compounds that have been or will be released to markets worldwide and the technical level of these compounds. Looking back at the history of pesticide development in the past few decades, Li Bin says that the earliest compound was a sort of ″me too,″ toady. Many Chinese enterprises or institutions are working on ″me better,″ like the Zhejiang Chemical Research Institute. A practical approach to developing novel pesticides is selecting new-emerging and high-efficient compounds as lead compounds. Notably, Japanese companies are also working this way, starting with ″crawling, then walking and then running.″ He mentioned that three keywords for the proper understanding of the workshop participants are discovery, innovation and creation. This is a process of ″turning money into paper,″ namely, turning money into a patent, a pesticide registration certificate and then a pesticide license. All these efforts show that pesticide creation would need a patent portfolio plan, global registration plan and industry chain plan.
Liang Mengyuan, Overseas Marketing Director of Shandong Cynda Chemical Co., Ltd, shared Cynda’s experience in the approaches to research, development, creation and application of innovative products, as well as how Cynda has developed its overseas market. The product Quinotrione developed by Cynda is now available on the market in the name of its own brand, with seven other products being reserved on the R&D pipeline, including CDH18119，CDH128, CDH 22003, CDH 21118, CDH 22003 and CDH 21118, the first two of which are now being processed for registration. So, how does one promote the created products in overseas markets? She says that the way of fostering generic products following multinationals does not apply to the promotion of novel compounds. Cynda’s idea is to use existing product channels to explore possibilities of promoting new products in mature markets and mature customers. So far, Cynda has conducted bioassay-oriented testing in Colombia, Cameroon, Germany, Pakistan and Australia to assess the target markets.
Left: Liang Mengyuan, Overseas Marketing Director of Shandong Cynda Chemical Co., Ltd
Right: Chen Zhiming, Marketing Director of KingAgroot
Chen Zhiming, Marketing Director of KingAgroot, Qingdao, made a presentation to KingAgroot’s future agricultural business prospects. He says that KingAgroot has fully realized the importance of innovation, having focused on research and development of the new compound and bio breeding technologies to solve the problems of resistance, crop safety concerns and environmental issues. Over the past decade, KingAgroot has released into the market its Tripyrasulfone, Bipyrazone, Cypyrafluone and Fenpyrazone, with the expected launch of six new compounds in the next five years. Concerning genetic breeding, KingAgroot developed a patented new technology called ″gene knock-up″ which can improve the tolerance of crops to herbicides. KingAgroot’s viewpoint on the future of agriculture is that seeds are the ″chips of agriculture″ and KingAgroot is bound to make innovations on seeds. KingAgroot is determined to seize the opportunities presented by biotechnology, especially the revolutionary gene technology in the future. Meanwhile, KingAgroot will utilize its vital research and development capabilities in chemical pesticides to work with other industry players and promote global agricultural development.
Hitoshi Kudo, General Manager of Agriscience Division of Mitsui & Co., Ltd
Keywords： Fluoro-based compounds, Intermediates
Jin Yizhong, Deputy General Manager of Zhejiang Yongtai Technology Co., Ltd, delivered a report entitled ″Use of fluorine-containing aromatic compounds in pesticide production, challenges and opportunities.″ He says that Yongtai originated and grew from developing fluorine-containing aromatic compounds in possession of its advanced directional fluorination technique, which can introduce fluorine atoms in any position on the aromatic ring. Yongtai will concentrate on unique fluorine-containing intermediates to develop several different terminal market segments. Currently, the company’s largest production base of fluorine-containing aromatic compounds is located in Wuhai, Inner Mongolia, covering an area of 1,160 mu (1 mu = 1/15 Ha) in Phase I, with a production capacity of 18,000 tons of fluorine-containing compounds. In Yongtai’s opinion, getting through the whole industry chain is particularly important. Previously, Yongtai used to produce formulations in Jiangsu, but now it focuses on technicals and intermediates to establish a complete industrial chain to cope with the pressure of competition from others. Moreover, Yongtai spares no effort in investment and innovation in work safety, pollution control and production processes.
From left to right, Liu Chuang, Director of Specialty Chemicals Division of Sinochem Group (Lantian) Co., Ltd; Hu Yi, General Manager of AgroPages; Cao Xufang, Dep General Manager of Shandong Huimeng Biotechnology Co., Ltd; and Jin Yizhong, Dep General Manager of Zhejiang Yongtai Technology Co., Ltd.
Through her presentation, Cao Xufang, Deputy General Manager of Shandong Huimeng Biotechnology Co., Ltd, stresses the technical difficulties and downstream applications of the pyridine and heterocyclic fluorine intermediates, the pyridine and heterocyclic fluorine industry chain, and the future business deployment of the company.
She says the current pyridine and heterocyclic fluorine are based on hydrogen fluoride. This process has three significant difficulties: The first is on the high-toxic substance hydrogen fluoride; the second lies in the high temperature and high pressure during the reaction; and the third is the need for a regulating agent for directional fluorination, which may generate by-products. The production base in Shandong Huimeng’s headquarters takes charge of producing pyridine and heterocyclic fluorine-containing intermediates. In 2007, Huimeng became the first manufacturer in China to achieve industrialized production of DCTF. Based on the advantages of pyridine and heterocyclic fluorine intermediates, Huimeng will extend to upstream and downstream industries plans to cover six major industrial chains, where the downstream products will include glufosinate, L-glufosinate, Penoxsulam, Fluazifop-P-butyl, haloxyfop-P and picoxystrobin.
Liu Chuang, Director of the Specialty Chemicals Division of Sinochem Group (Lantian) Co., Ltd, from the perspective of fluorine-containing aliphatic intermediates and the industry chain, spoke about the relationship between the prices of intermediates and that of downstream pesticides, which he refers to as ″resonance at same frequency″ or ″separate resonance.″ The situation of ″resonance at the same frequency″ is very evident in non-fluorine-containing intermediates, whilst ″separate resonance″ is a major price trend in many fluorine-containing pesticide intermediates and downstream pesticides, which aliphatics typically represent. At present, a few fluorine-containing pesticide manufacturers can cover the upstream aliphatic industry chain because the aliphatic group is very upstream, demand for which is much diversified. More importantly, as the aliphatic group is very upstream, its conduction effect in the industry chain decreases gradually. For this reason, Liu Chuang suggested that agrochemical industry players in the fluorine-containing aliphatic downstream should keep a close eye on the business features of the fluorine chemical industry because it is difficult to judge the positive or negative status of the upstream fluorine chemical industry chain by just watching the market operation of agrochemical products.
The two-day meeting came to a successful conclusion, with a vast amount of information circulated and warm discussions held. The year’s workshop was named after Qilu Crop Protection, co-organized by Hangzhou Udragon and Wynca, and the welcome dinner was a grant from Huimeng Technology. Meanwhile, full support was provided by CAC Group, Hubei Xingfa, LYDD, REACH24H, Trust Chem, Weunite Fine Chemical, Anyang Quanfeng, Hebei Xingbai, Lansheng Biology, Dalian Jiuxin, Nongbo Biology, Lier Chemical, Ningbo Yihui, CoreChem, Yonon, Jiangsu Liankai and Sino-Agri International.
In today’s volatile world, global politics, economy, culture and many other influencing factors may cause disruption or have an impact on the market operation of the agrochemical industry. AgroPages hopes to hold such kind of multiple-dimension and high-level workshop to conduct a deep analysis of these influencing factors so that industry practitioners can discuss and streamline the future direction of development to benefit the whole agrochemical industry.
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