Philagro France is recognized as a respected alternative to the major French agrochemical groups for developing and marketing plant protection specialties.
Today, Philagro France continues to prepare for its future. The company is guided by an efficient organization, the professionalism of its employees, and innovation through its ongoing R&D work.
The company is a joint venture of three Japanese R&D groups: Sumitomo Chemical (60%), Nissan Chemical Industries and Nihon Nohyaku. It is based in Lyon, France, with three regional sales offices and a Biological Evaluation Center located near Orléans. With a team of 70, Philagro France works closely with Sumitomo Chemical Agriculture Europe, also based in Lyon, and shares resources for regulatory affairs, product registration, formulation, manufacturing, and support functions such as HR, administration, finance & IT.
We develop, register, and distribute agrochemicals & bio rational plant crop protection solutions. Our mission covers three main areas:
1. Early evaluation of new compounds through testing of:
- Technical profiles (efficiency/selectivity, pest spectrum)
- Marketing potential (value, competition, product offer)
2. Development and registration of:
- New compounds and combinations
- New formulations and label expansion
- Close relationships with government authorities
3. Sales, an extensive knowledge of distributor’s and farmer’s needs:
- Through long term relationships
- Solutions and services in key market areas
Research & Development:
In addition to Philagro France’s primary mission of distributing plant protection products to the French market, the company is also involved in long-term research & development, including the evaluation and registration of agrochemical products.
A Biological Evaluation Center (BEC) was established in 1997 on 20 hectares near Orléans (150 km south of Paris). The site was chosen for its soil homogeneity and quality, the mild weather conditions prevailing in the region (Loire Valley), and its geographical location within Europe, all offering the best possibility for growing annual crops.
Depending on the time of year, six to fourteen personnel work at the BEC. Researchers from Sumitomo Chemical, Nissan Chemical Industries, and Nihon Nohyaku also regularly cooperate with the local team and participate in the evaluation of new molecules from their respective Japanese research centers. Such flexibility allows us to have a hands-on approach to European field problems, and to support additional global research centers of the three Japanese R&D groups, particularly those in Asia and the United States.
Philagro France was created in 1993.
After celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013, Philagro reached another milestone in 2015 by adding three new laboratories at its Biological Evaluation Center, thereby accommodating additional Japanese researchers.
Protecting Potato Tubers from Disease
The following story tells how Philagro France rationalized the use of protection treatment against diseases on potato tubers. The original technique for tuber protection, used for many years, consisted of spraying a conventional mixed-process fungicide while the tubers were on a roller table.
For several reasons this technique was unfortunately not satisfactory:
- The quality of treatment only provided partial coating to the tubers
- The spray drift required considerable protection for operator
- Diluted spray losses required careful management of effluents
Philagro France introduced a new fungicide that provided a major breakthrough for users. While problems were initially encountered with nozzles clogging because of the viscosity of the solution, a solution was soon found in using a larger spraying aperture with the help of an electro valve activated nozzle.
In this context, the application of a thin spray became redundant and led to spraying the solution onto potato tubers while they were in a roller table.
The results showed tremendous success:
- Full coating of the potato tubers by the product
- No spray mists
- No loss of products hence no effluents
Thus an innovative treatment of potato tubers was born. Today, this equipment helps save up to 30–40% of products for a better, more consistent, efficacy.