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BASF starts construction of new fermentation plant for plant protection products in Ludwigshafen

The company plans to produce on it the main building block of Inscalis, a novel insecticide derived from a fungal strain.


Groundbreaking ceremony in Ludwigshafen.

BASF has broken ground on the new fermentation plant for biological and biotechnology-based crop protection products in Ludwigshafen. The plant is expected to go into operation in the second half of 2025 and will manufacture biological fungicides and biological seed treatment products. BASF also plans to produce the main building block of Inscalis, a novel insecticide derived from a fungal strain. In the production microorganisms are used to convert renewable raw materials such as glucose into the desired products – a process known as fermentation. The plant will employ 30 people in production, logistics, engineering and maintenance.

During the ceremony, Dr. Uwe Liebelt, President European Site and Verbund Management, Heather Remley, President, Engineering & Technical Expertise, Ludwigshafen, and Christian Aucoin, Senior Vice President, Global Operations at BASF Agricultural Solutions, buried a time capsule, commemorating the groundbreaking day of the plant. It included a photo of the project team, a daily newspaper, the canteen menu of the day and a panda bear as a sign of the bond with Chengdu in China, where a significant part of the detailed engineering for the plant took place.

BASF is investing a double-digit million euro amount in a new fermentation plant for biological and biotechnological plant protection products at its headquarters in Ludwigshafen. The plant will manufacture products that add value to farmers, including biological fungicides and biological seed treatments. 

The plant will use microorganisms to convert renewable raw materials, such as glucose, into desired products, a process known as fermentation.

“We see a growing demand for biological products for crop protection. This investment is an important step in building an even stronger and more competitive portfolio in this area,” said Marko Grozdanovic, Senior Vice President of Global Strategic Marketing at BASF Agriculture Solutions. "In addition, fermentation is a very flexible technology that will allow us to bring more innovative products derived from biotechnology to the market in the future."

"For production at our Ludwigshafen plant, this development is another step in the transition towards innovative, less energy-intensive manufacturing processes based on renewable raw materials," said Christian Aucoin, Senior Vice President Global Operations at BASF Agriculture Solutions. "The site offers excellent synergies due to its good infrastructure, integration into an existing high-performance manufacturing organization and proximity to research units such as White Biotechnology."

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