Review of China’s Fungicide Azoxystrobin Performance in 2012

Azoxystrobin is a systemic fungicide, active against Ascomycetes, Basidiomycetes, Deuteromycetes and Oomycetes. It has preventative, curative and translaminar properties and residual activity lasting for up to eight weeks on cereals. The product demonstrates slow, steady foliar uptake and moves only in the xylem.

The product can be mixed with Ambush, Bravo, Captan, copper hydroxide, Dominex, Dipel, Karate, Larvin, Fortress (D0059), Talstar and Thiodan.

Azoxystrobin effectively controlled damping-off and foliar diseases of vegetables (e.g. lettuce, tomatoes) and ornamentals (e.g. roses, carnations) in Northern Italy.

In 2000, this fungicide accounted for almost half of corn fungicide market in French, Germany and England. Of which sales reached $ 451 million in 2000, equivalent to 40 folds of sales of $ 12.5 million in 1996. Amistar (active ingredient is azoxystrobin) is the leading fungicide product in the world, and the main product of Syngenta. This product approved the registration in over 100 countries and over 120 crops including corn, rice, peanut.

Domestic market

Recently, with the expansion of the capacity, China is the one of largest producers with the capacity of 1500 tonnes per year. Ended by August 2011, there are over 10 producers in China together in Jiangsu, Shanghai and Guangdong.

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Supply and demand

Domestic consumption of azoxystrobin in 2010 rose almost 30% close to 150 tonnes compared with 2009. Due to high price of azoxystrobin price compared with other fungicides, its market value reached over $ 10 million in 2010. The azoxystrobin price showed a downward trend in past few years, and will continue to decrease owing more capacity and more mature technology.  According to statistics, the domestic production of azoxystrobin mainly for export, 2010 azoxystrobin are mainly exported to Uruguay, South Africa and Italy and other countries. Based on the advantage of the good efficacy and continues to expand in overseas markets, is expected to azoxystrobin in the next few years, China’s exports will continue to increase.

      Is expected that the next five years, the production of the domestic azoxystrobin will remain more than 35% of the rate of growth; domestic demand will be about 20% of the increase continued to grow. Azoxystrobin products warming will lead to the development of the upstream industry chain (such as the trimethyl orthoformate products) and increase investment opportunities. To be sure, azoxystrobin will drive the entire fungicide industry development, promote the upgrading of fungicide products in China

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