Panaji: Giving a boost to the state’s efforts to attract industrial projects in research and development (R&D), Syngenta Ltd, on Tuesday, announced expansion of its R&D unit in the state. The company unveiled ‘Ratna’ research and technology centre at its existing R&D facility in Santa Monika Works, Corlim.
Inaugurating the expansion, Dr Camilla Corsi, global head, Crop Protection Research, Syngenta said, “The multi-purpose modern building will strengthen the site as a centre of excellence in chemical and analytical science adhering to the highest standards of health, safety and environment. It will cater to the growing demands of the crop protection industry.”
She said that, the opening of the new building marks a milestone for the company in being innovative.
“In 2004, Syngenta was the first agrochemical company to invest in a R&D centre in India, recognizing the innovation potential in the country and the need for new solutions to meet the domestic market demand. This long term strategic commitment has been maintained since then and the opening of the new building marks an innovative milestone in the history of the site,” said Dr Corsi.
The global head of the research pointed out that the Goa facility has strong track record of delivery by a talented team, fully integrated in the global R&D network.
She disclosed that “crop protection is at the core of Syngenta’s R&D efforts. The company has US $1.3 billion invested in R&D annually, and more than 5,000 scientists contribute to the research.”
On the expanded facility, Dr Jérôme Cassayre, head of Crop Protection Research Chemistry, said, “It will not only create additional chemical laboratory space for innovation in crop protection R&D but also offer a state-of-the-art environment embodying our values of safety, compliance, scientific excellence and sustainability.” The R&D centre at Corlim currently employs more than 100 scientists. Dr Bhanu Manjunath, director, Research & Technology Centre, Syngenta Biosciences Pvt Ltd, Goa, said, “Recruitment and development of new workforce is on the cards to meet the need of research and development using most advanced technologies.”
Other company officials who attended the inaugural ceremony included, Steve West, head, crop protection development; Tom Gray, head, sourcing and production; Neil Shilling, head of engineering; Jerome Cassayre, head of chemistry; Martin Diggelmann, head of research portfolio & project management; Jutta Boehmer, head of Bioscience and Rafael Del Rio, country head India.