ADAMA Agricultural Solutions Ltd. (formerly Makhteshim Agan Industries Ltd.) is a leading global manufacturer and distributor worldwide of crop-protection solutions.
The company supplies efficient solutions to farmers across the full farming value-chain, including crop-protection, novel agricultural technologies, and complementary non-crop businesses.
In 2013, the Company ranked seventh in the world in the overall agro-chemicals industry. The Company is characterized by its farmer-centric approach to product development, and strict standards of environmental protection and quality control. With its reliable and effective solutions, Adama sustains the crops that feed a growing world. The company was founded on the basis of two veteran Israeli companies: Makhteshim and Agan, established in 1952 and 1945 respectively. Since their merger in 1997 to form the present company, and until the end of October 2011, the company was traded publicly on the TASE. Currently, ChemChina, China National Chemical Corporation (60%) and Koor Industries Ltd (40%) jointly own the company. The company rolled out its new global brand name, Adama in 2014.
The company benefits from broad global reach in marketing and distribution, an extensive portfolio of product registrations, advanced chemical abilities and stringent quality control standard.s. In addition, it complies with strict environmental quality standards. Ongoing investment in R&D enables Adama to introduce new crop-protection solutions on a global basis.
In 2013, the company’s sales totaled $3.07 billion, constituting an increase of 8.5% compared with the previous year. In 2013, the Company presented an increase in sales and improved gross profits and margin compared with 2012. The growth reflected higher quantities sold and selling prices, partially offset by currency effects.
Crop Protection Products
Adama’s principle area of activity is in the crop protection sector, where about 93% of the company’s revenues are generated. The company’s agrochemical product range includes four main product families: herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and seed treatments. These products improve the quality and quantity of crop yields by providing protection from weeds, pests and diseases. The company leverages its expertise in plant protection to develop and customize similar products for non-crop applications.
Environmental Solutions and Non-Agrochemical Products
Adama has leveraged its chemical and industrial know-how to develop additional products such as lycopene (antioxidant), specialty aroma chemicals and other fine chemicals, which account for about 7% of the company’s revenues.
Global Production and Marketing
Adama continually cultivates its dominant role as a leading provider of comprehensive, effective and reliable crop protection solutions for farmers. The company has several manufacturing facilities worldwide with key facilities located in Israel in Neot Hovav and Ashdod and in Brazil. In addition, the company has smaller manufacturing facilities in Columbia, Mexico, USA, Italy, Poland, Spain, Greece, South Korea and India.
Adama has one of the largest distribution networks in the world, including over 45 marketing companies located in the company’s largest markets in Europe, the US, Latin America and Asia-Pacific, which sell to over 120 countries. The company has over 4,500 employees worldwide.
Minimizing Environmental Footprint
Companies in the business of protecting crops, like Adama, utilize, produce, sell and distribute some chemicals, which might pose dangers to the environment. Consequently, the company complies with all regulations concerning the storage, treatment, manufacture, transportation, use and clearance of all its products, their constituents and side-effects. In recent years, the Group has invested significant resources to ensure that it meets advanced global environmental standards.
Commitment to the Community
Active community involvement has always been one of Adama’s top priorities. The company donates to social organizations and runs programs to support furthering of education. The company’s activity for the benefit of the community is accomplished with the involvement of its employees in those programs and assimilating values of social and corporate responsibility, promoting excellence, and involvement in the local communities where the company operates.
Since 2010 the company has been regularly and voluntarily publishing Corporate Social Responsibility Reports, which provide significant information and insight on its social responsibility agenda and key actions.