Lonza acquires New Zealand agrochemical company Zelam

Swiss chemical and biotech company Lonza Group AG said it has acquired New Zealand agrochemical company Zelam, which develops and manufactures products for crop protection, specializing in fungicides, insecticides, herbicides, foliar nutrients and additives.

Zelam also develops and manufactures products for wood protection, and has research and timber facilities in New Plymouth, New Zealand, as well as in Australia and the U.S.

“We see this acquisition as an excellent opportunity to further our growth strategy for agro Ingredients by providing entry into new strategic markets and products that are complementary to our existing Meta business,” Sven Abend, chief strategic officer for Lonza, said.

“It also allows Lonza to leverage Zelam’s existing agrochemical business for registration and sales into other global regions, particularly the United States, EU and South America. Zelam’s unique formulated products and patented delivery systems will benefit both the agro ingredients and wood protection markets,” Abend said.

Zelam stands as a leading developer and owner of patented chemistry and delivery technologies for pastoral crops and glueline treatment of engineered wood. Zelam has 45 employees including a seasoned management team and experienced R&D team with highly skilled researchers and formulation chemists, as well as sales and technical people with strong industry experience.

For more than 25 years, Zelam has researched and developed products that meet specific needs of the agrochemical and timber-treatment markets. Zelam has a reputation for responding quickly with first-rate research, testing, product development and enhancements. Zelam’s manufacturing facilities are world-class and include New Zealand’s first micro-encapsulation plant, pollen-tube growth testing and glueline treatment of engineered wood products. Additionally, product brand names like TAG G2, Vixen, Taratek and Permatek are widely known in New Zealand.

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