Croda International is reinforcing its agri-business department with the €155M-acquisition of Incotec. The chemical producer expanded this way its biological portfolio making a move into the market for additives to improve the performance of crop seeds.
This British chemical manufacturer is the world’s second-largest maker of cosmetic ingredients, although its business is not restricted to that area. Croda was already competing with the giants Monsanto and Bayer CropScience with its Crop care department, integrated in the company’s Life Science division, which made €283.6M last year.
Good figures, yet relatively small in comparison with the €1.46Bn total revenue that Croda made in 2014.
The move might have been driven by German BASF SE’ similar acquisition of Becker Underwood in 2012… In a billion-euro deal, Croda’s competitor added biological sprays and seed coating technologies from the Becker Underwood bench to its portfolio.
Croda couldn’t stay lagging behind in the race, and Incotec seems to be the right move to play,