CHINA – Leading specialty ingredients and chemicals provider, Azelis has opened a new application laboratory in Shanghai, China to expand its service delivery to agri-food customers.

The center which is Azeli’s fourth technical laboratory serving the Specialty Agri/Horti market will offer product advice, formulation development and technical research for the agriculture, horticulture, amenity and farm care market segments.

This is an addition to other application facilities in Italy, Vietnam and New Zealand specialized in crop protection, plant protection products with a focus on crop yield and quality optimization.

“By opening Agri/Horti technical centres, first in Vietnam and New Zealand and now in Italy and Shanghai, we show the best support and dedication to all our Agri/Horti customers across the world,” said Ambrogio Erba, Market Segment Director Specialty Agri/Horti at Azelis.

“We offer them both a wide speciality product range as well as the expertise and technical skill-set of our laboratory professionals to support them from concept development to production.

“The extensive global network of technical laboratory staff we now have creates a large collective knowledge, new insights and formulations, easily shared across boundaries.”

The laboratory has the latest technological equipment, to provide full formulation support for the Agri/Horti industry across Asia Pacific.

According to Azelis, the facility adheres to local environmental protection regulations and emphasizes its commitment to be an innovative service provider to all customers and industries.

It further reinforces its leading position in specialty products for the agriculture and horticulture market with a portfolio ranging from co-formulators and solvents for plant protection and seed coating in crop and non-crop applications.

The segment also offers macro and micro nutrients, fertilisers and dedicated additives to optimize the release processes for the crop nutrition markets.

Azelis currently runs 60 technical laboratories across the globe, 25 of which are located in Asia Pacific.

“Our partners highly appreciate the added value our formulation support brings to them, which is why we have been investing in application laboratories in Asia Pacific in the last couple of years,” said Laurent Nataf, CEO & President Asia Pacific at Azelis.

“Having this lab opened, and recently the one in Italy, is yet again proof of our strong and all-round presence in the agricultural market, an important and vastly growing segment in Asia Pacific.”

Azelis recently expanded in the Nordics through a partnership with CP Kelco to distribute the latter’s pectin, carrageenan, gellan gum and other ingredients.