Fertiberia has just sealed the acquisition of Trichodex in an operation that forms part of a strategy to grow in the development of biofertilisers and biostimulants with high added value.
Founded in 1991, Trichodex has an R&D team that translates the results of its laboratory research into high-tech products that are then developed at its state-of-the-art production centre in Dos Hermanas, Seville. This highly integrated business model has enabled it to offer sustainable solutions adapted to the needs of farmers in different areas of the world. In addition to Spain, Trichodex markets its products in a dozen countries in Europe and Latin America. Its products are based on patented bioprocesses selecting optimal microorganisms to produce bioactive products that improve the profitability and protection of crops.
"The combination of Trichodex biotechnology with Grupo Fertiberia's innovative product development will provide farmers with cutting-edge sustainable tools to improve their crops," says Javier Goñi, President of Grupo Fertiberia. The acquisition improves the company's plant nutrition offer in biofertilisers and biostimulants, and also expands its portfolio with advanced biocontrol solutions based on microorganisms.
Triton invested in Grupo Fertiberia in 2020 to support management's strategy of accelerating product innovation and investing in the company's manufacturing processes to make them more efficient and environmentally friendly. Grupo Fertiberia is now implementing the Net Zero plan to lead the development of the European fertiliser market without a carbon footprint thanks to the use of renewable sources in the production process. Along with the full decarbonisation of its product portfolio, more than 50% of its sales already come from smart fertilisers adapted to the nutritional needs of each crop, which it develops at the Agri-environmental Technologies Centre (CTA) at the University of Seville. "Our R&D+I capabilities will now grow with the integration of Trichodex, which will be able to maximise the potential of its innovations within one of the largest European groups in the sector."
The massive incorporation of renewable energies in all production processes, together with the development of advanced solutions thanks to innovation in biotechnology, allow Grupo Fertiberia “to lead the fertilisation sector of the future in Europe, offering farmers a range of products that offer maximum agronomic efficiency and minimum environmental impact."