The current leader of the agricultural division and future CEO of Bayer for Argentina and the Southern Cone from November, Juan Farinati, spoke about the company.
The US $ 150 million investment plan will have a special focus on innovation, digitization and sustainability, aligned with the company’s global strategy, guided by its mission “Science for a better life.”
As part of this plan, the productive capacity and operational management of the industrial plants of Pilar, María Eugenia (Rojas) and Zárate will be strengthened. “Dozens of Argentine SMEs will be an essential part in the implementation of this process, since 70 percent of the investment will be contracted locally,” reported Bayer.
At the Pilar pharmaceutical products plant, the largest tablet factory in South America and one of the three most important in the world of its kind – where the production of multivitamins and analgesics is mainly concentrated – Bayer plans to increase investments to expand its production capacity , process improvements applying data science, new technologies and digital fluency with high management and biomedical quality standards.
This will enhance the supply of the local market and meet the demand of other Latin American countries, as well as China and Southeast Asia.
At the plant for crop protection products located in Zárate, Buenos Aires province, innovative projects will be developed for new packaging that promote sustainability, in addition to expanding and modernizing equipment to increase local production and substitute imports.
At the María Eugenia plant, located in the town of Rojas, the largest in the world in the processing of corn seeds, production will be increased through investments to continue expanding the capacity to process corn seeds. Impact on a new conditioning line for the new Vt4 Pro corn, the construction of a new control room for the classification tower, the improvement of the seed curing process and the improvement of processes with an impact on sustainability.
Part of this investment will also be focused on developing innovative processes that will seek to achieve the company’s goal of becoming a carbon-free organization by 2030 and reducing the impact of greenhouse gases on agriculture by 30% by the same year. .
Bayer has been present in Argentina for 110 years. It has 12 bases of operational activities, of which 6 are industrial plants located in the province of Buenos Aires, in the towns of Pilar (two), Zárate (two), Rojas and Las Heras, in addition to the Learning Center in Pergamino, the technological innovation stations in Fontezuela, Rio IV, Chacabuco and Tucumán and the vegetable production center in Mendoza. It employs 2,200 people directly.