Timac UK has officially opened its new head office at the Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise (RoCRE) in Harpenden. The ceremony was performed by Harpenden MP Bim Afolami.

Part of the French multinational Roullier Group, Timac specialises in mineral nutrition for crops and livestock, with products and services to help plant growth, soil conditioning and fertiliser efficiency, and fertilisers adapted to local soils.

Although the business has operated in the UK for over 40 years, this is the first time its plant and animal services have been located in the same place, enabling a more holistic offer, says UK general manager Cyril Cappe. The RoCRE location means it can set up demonstrations on the 400ha Rothamsted farm to show the effect of different fertiliser products and biostimulants on wheat, oilseed rape, barley and grass. The company has also sponsored a four-year PhD project on the genetic variation and chemical control of tillering in wheat.

“British agriculture needs to become more efficient and sustainable – and one way to do that is to improve nutrient efficiencies both in crops and livestock,” says Mr Cappe. “That requires investment in research, development and knowledge transfer.

“We are offering customised solutions to enhance the soil mechanisms, to ensure the plant is fed as per its needs, and to improve livestock health and productivity. Moving to Rothamsted will help us develop new technologies; open our field trials to visitors, and benefit from innovative research partnerships.”