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58 I EUROPEAN SEED I EUROPEAN-SEED.COM INDUSTRY NEWS Seed enhancement company Incotec has opened a second production facility in China. The new facility is in Tianjin City and will con- centrate on the production of Incotecs film coats for vegetable and field crops seeds for the Chinese seed market. The new facility in Tianjin City has greater production capacity than the Beijing location and is better able to manage the increasing production requirements of Incotec China. This specific location was chosen because it is ideally situated in one of Chinas Economic and Technological Development zones appointed by the authorities. After recently announcing it plans to divest its flowers seeds business Syngenta has announced it will divest its global vege- table seeds business in an effort to boost shareholder value creation. The company also announced its intention to return significant levels of capital to shareholders through a share repurchase program. The initial pro- gram of more than 2 billion will commence in the coming weeks. This will be in addition to the dividend policy which the company has followed for several years. By demonstrat- ing and unlocking the inherent worth of our leading global seeds portfolio we can create significant additional value. I look forward to updating shareholders in the coming months on progress including providing further vis- ibility on the underlying profitability of our portfolio of assets said Syngenta CEO Mike Mack in a statement. KoSSIL has opened its new research facil- ities at IDA Bollaram near Hyderabad India. KoSSIL is the joint venture company of Koppert B.V. with joint shareholding of Koppert Biological Systems India Private Limited and the Devanur family. Within the new research centre new products will be manufactured including biostimulants natural botanical products and microbials for pest and disease management for both local and international markets. Agrinos a leading biological crop input pro- vider committed to improving the productivity and sustainability of agriculture worldwide is pleased to announce a new partnership with Indian seed and crop care product provider Zuari Agri Sciences Ltd. The partnership increases the availability of Agrinos unique and proprietary High Yield Technology HYT biological crop solutions to Indian farmers. Zuari Agri Sciences which will sell Chemfree powered by Agrinos HYT B product is recog- nised as a leader in the Indian market work- ing with 6000 distributors and dealers and 23 million farmers whose crops include wheat rice cotton soybeans sugarcane fruits and vegetables. Agrinos is pleased to align with a reputable organisation like Zuari as we strive to market with strong established partners in India and other geographies worldwide said Indranil Das managing director of Agrinos India. This opportunity will allow us to con- tinue strengthening our local presence and offering our effective globally proven and certified biological crop input solutions to Indian growers. FMC Corporation has announced that it will establish a European regional headquar- ters and research facility in Copenhagen Denmark. The new FMC European Innovation Center EIC expected to open in 2016 will serve as a central hub for research and development regional corporate functions and regional commercial teams. FMC has a larger presence in Europe today with our recent acquisition of Cheminova said Pierre Brondeau FMC president CEO and chairman. The European Innovation Center will enhance our ability to collaborate with customers and Bred by CATCH CROPS FIT FOR BENEFIT Distributed by Power Plus OUR VARIETIES Concentrated Power Europeen Seed9-15RZ.indd 1 03.09.15 1110