Since the tricyclazole and triadimefon launched, the triazole fungicides became the largest category in market due to their high activities until the strobilurin fungicide was discovered. At present, the triazole fungicide is still one of the largest categories in the market. The sales of tebuconazole, epoxiconazole, difenoconazole and propiconazole, etc. have been exceeded $ 100 millions respectively in 2007. Among them, tebuconazole, of which global sales reaches more than $ 500 million, is ranked 2nd only after azoxystrobin in the variety of all fungicides. Tebuconazole, which was discovered by Bayer in 1986, is an efficient, broad-spectrum, systemic triazole fungicide. It was registered in China as six formulations in 1995, 1999 and 2000, respectively. Domestic enterprises approved registration of AI and formulation in 1999. It mainly is used to control wheat rust, scab, and rice, diseases of fruit trees. Triazole has been one of the largest fungicides and, tebuconazole usage is retaining its position as the top of the triazole over the years, due to its high efficiency, significant achievements, high quality & reasonable price and with a huge advantage compared to its similar products. Tebuconazole is an alternative for the prevention and control of wheat rust, rice sheath blight and false smut. In the next few years, tebuconazole will be rapidly developed with prosperous market future.
In 2011, tebuconazole was the popular product among fungicide registration in China. A total of 29 products were registered in 2011, 19 more compared to 2010. The amount of registered products ranked 3rd following difenoconazole and propiconazole. Among them, 5 companies had ai registration, which are Shandong Zibo NAB Agrochemical Co., Ltd., Jiangsu Pesticide Research Institute Co., Ltd., Jiangsu Good Harvest Weien Co., Ltd., Hainan Zhengye Zhongnong High Technology Co., Ltd., Jiangsu Taizhou Baili Chemical Co., Ltd.; single registration and mixture registration companies were 18 and 6, respectively.
Up to now, more than 40 companies gained the approval of the registration of tebuconazole ai. Beijing Huarong Biological Hormone Plant, Shaanxi Meibang Pesticide Co., Ltd. and Shanghai Heben-Eastsun Medicaments Co., Ltd. gained the approval of the registration of 70% WDG, 80% WDG and 80% WDG, respectively. Bayer gained the approval of the registration of mixture of 50% tebuconazole + 25% Trifloxystrobin.
In 2010, the usage volume of tebuconazole in China was 951 tons, and the total use is expected to continue its growth in 2012 with more than a thousand tons. In 2011, the tebuconazole export reached 10,718 tons, with an increase of 15.7%; export value increased 30.93% to $990.1 million. Export volume, value and import value of carbendazim reached 34,444 tons, $155.11 and over $10 million, respectively.
Tebuconazole can control wheat scab, fruit trees diseases and take significant effect on rice sheath blight, thus it favored by the market. Market of triazole fungicides ranked first for quite a while, but declined slightly over the past 2 years. First, the effect on control of wheat scab decreased. Secondly, it suffered from the impact of high-end products of multinational companies, Bayer CropScience, Syngenta, etc. Meanwhile, due to the EU ban of tebuconazole, the export was seriously affected.
In recent years, due to the protective and control effect of Jinggangmycin on rice sheath blight disease begins to wear off, the triazole fungicides, tebuconazole are largely used as an alternative with an increasing market demand. However, the tebuconazole market is far smaller than validamycin due to its cost.