Generic agrochemical manufacturer Nufarm, based at Wyke, near Bradford, won the Company of the Year 2017 category at the recent Chemical Industry Association (CIA) awards. This award goes to the company that demonstrates business growth and a sustained contribution to the UK economy, making it the most outstanding CIA member company in the view of the judges. 

“The judges were impressed with Nufarm’s achievements through the ongoing manufacturing excellence programme, MCPA capacity expansion and the investment in staff development programmes at every level of the business,” notes Nufarm country manager for the UK and Ireland Toby Brown.

“They also mentioned the passion, competence and resourcefulness of the Nufarm team at Wyke in delivering quality products at a global level. Ongoing improvements to costs, quality and risk have enabled us to remain globally competitive whilst operating to some of the highest environmental and safety standards in the world.”

“Not everyone recognises that we are the biggest manufacturer of phenoxy chemistry in the world at our Wyke production plant,” Mr Brown continues. “If farmers want to buy British, we are probably the only British manufacturer of these crop protection products in the UK. Other companies formulate imported active ingredients, but we both make and formulate crop chemistry.

“We are very proud of our exceptional team at Wyke and pleased for the recognition of all their hard work. The chemists here are overcoming the challenge of making top quality products as well as innovating significant product developments such as Kyleo, which formulates glyphosate and 2,4-D together with a high tech surfactant – Kyleo is the smartest solution for total weed control: broad-spectrum and fast acting.”