Product design through research and development
A Syngenta case study

Page 1: Introduction

Syngenta is one of the world”s largest plant science companies. It is a leader in crop protection - developing products to control weeds, pests and fungal diseases of plants. Syngenta also breeds a wide range of crops such as wheat and sugar beet.

It has more than 25,000 people working in over 90 countries who are dedicated to its purpose of 'bringing plant potential to life'. The company provides a support role for its customers too. For example, in 2009 Syngenta trained more than 3.9 million farmers in the developing world in the safe use of crop protection products.

The world's population is growing rapidly. By 2050, the global population will rise to nine billion people. However, the need for food will increase by 50%. Without the intervention of crop protection, 40% of the world's food would not exist.

The challenge is to produce more food, with limited land and water resources. Syngenta is focused on developing new varieties of seeds that give higher yields and are more robust. For example, Syngenta's crop protection and seed products contribute to:

  • 5.5 billion garden plants produced a year
  • 1 in every 7 tomatoes grown
  • 70% of all Scotch whisky.

Syngenta's product line is the most diverse in its industry. It invests over $1 billion (£0.6 billion) a year in research and development (R&D) and has over 5,000 scientists working to develop new products which help growers to increase crop yields and quality.

This case study shows how R&D is central to building Syngenta's product range.

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