Bayer CropScience Opens New R&D Site In California

Posted by Heidi Schwartz 

bayer_crop_scienceBayer CropScience sees a positive long-term market development in North America and is committing significant resources to spur further growth. Consequently, the company plans to invest close to $ 1 billion in the United States between 2013 and 2016, mainly to ramp up research and development and to expand the product supply of its top crop protection brands.

To respond to this demand, Bayer CropScience recently opened its new West Sacramento, CA site, which also serves as the global headquarters of the company’s Biologics Business. The facility, which has the capacity to house up to 300 employees,  features a building and pilot plant to support research and development of biological crop protection products. The site also houses a Vegetable Seeds research building and will also include a greenhouse and five acres of nearby land for future greenhouse space.

“We are investing heavily in R&D infrastructure such as laboratories, greenhouses and breeding stations as well as new production capacities and seed processing facilities,” said Bayer CropScience CEO Liam Condon at the official inauguration of the company’s new site. He said that the company aims to grow faster than the U.S. market.

Bayer CropScience seeks to leverage its full research and development capabilities by consolidating and expanding its global R&D organization. “Our integrated West Sacramento site represents a major step forward in our efforts to enhance our vegetable seeds and biological crop protection innovation efforts,” said Dr. Adrian Percy, Global Head of Research and Development at Bayer CropScience. “The investment into this state-of-the-art facility creates an environment where our researchers and experts can find the best possible conditions to discover solutions that growers across the globe can depend on to produce high-quality food in a sustainable manner.”

In addition to building its R&D network in the USA, Bayer CropScience is also investing significantly in the production capacities of its crop protection products throughout the U.S.