The market for agricultural activator adjuvants is estimated at USD 2.6 billion in 2023; it is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.0% to reach USD 3.5 billion by 2028. There is a growing demand for sustainable agricultural practices that minimize the environmental impact of farming. Agricultural activator adjuvants can help to reduce pesticide use and runoff and improve soil health. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the use of an activator adjuvant with a herbicide reduced runoff by 50%. Agricultural activator adjuvants can help reduce the need for tillage by improving the water infiltration rate of the soil and making it more resistant to compaction. This allows plants to root more deeply and access more water and nutrients, which can lead to increased crop yields and improved soil health.
Major manufacturers in this market are based in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Evonik (Germany), Solvay (Belgium), BASF SE (Germany), Croda International Plc (UK), Nufarm (Australia), Corteva (US), CHS Inc. (US), Clariant (US), Stepan Company (US), Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC (US), and Innvictis (US) are among a few leading players operating in the agricultural activator adjuvants market. These players have adopted various growth strategies to strengthen partnerships and new product development activities to further expand their agricultural activator adjuvants market presence.
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EVONIK is one of the world's leading manufacturers of specialty chemicals. The company operates through various segments, including Specialty Additives, Nutrition and care, Smart Materials, Performance Materials, and Technology and infrastructure. The company offers innovative solutions for the agriculture industry. They make chemicals that help farmers grow more crops with less environmental impact. Its product portfolio includes pesticides, fertilizers, and other additives that help plants grow stronger and healthier. They are committed to developing innovative solutions that help farmers achieve sustainable agriculture. In the specialty additives segment, it offers tank mix adjuvants and in-can additives for conventional and biological pesticide formulations. The company offers BREAK-THRU, a brand of agricultural chemicals based on both siloxane and organic surfactants. BREAK-THRU products include spreaders and penetrants, antifoams, dispersants, emulsifiers, and carrier liquids. These products help farmers to improve their yields, protect their crops, and reduce their environmental impact. In March 2019, Evonik launched an in-formulation adjuvant, SURFYNOL, and TOMADOL, as highly dynamic surface agents. These additives include tank mix adjuvants, in-can additives for pesticide formulations, spreaders, penetrants, antifoams, dispersants, and emulsifiers. They are used to improve penetration, provide rain fastness, and create deposits.
BASF is a company that specializes in chemical manufacturing, featuring six distinctive segments in its portfolio: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care, and Agriculture Solutions. The company provides solutions for a wide range of industries, including agriculture, automotive & transportation, chemicals, coating solutions, construction, electronics & electric, energy & resources, furniture & wood, home case, industrial & institutional cleaning, nutrition, packing & print, and pharmaceuticals, among others.
The company provides adjuvants through its Industrial Formulators segment, a leading supplier of component raw materials and additives. BASF AgChem additives division offers a wide range of inert components with excellent performance and proven success in the market. These components include surfactants, eco-friendly solvents, polymers, and specialty chemistries. In May 2023, BASF launched a new tank-mix adjuvant, Agnique HP 450, which increases the effectiveness of fungicides and increases production. The adjuvant is biodegradable and plant-based, and can also be used with herbicides and insecticides. In field tests, Agnique HP 450 proved to increase protection effectiveness by 8% and harvest production by 14%, on average. The adjuvant works by increasing the speed of propagation and penetration of the active ingredient through the cuticle, allowing for lower doses of the pesticide to be used and reducing the effects of light degradation.
Croda International Plc
Croda International Plc manufactures, distributes, and supplies natural specialty chemicals and consumer care & crop care products. The company operates through three business segments—Consumer Care, Life Sciences, and Industrial Specialties. The crop care segment offers innovative ingredients and formulation expertise to agrochemical companies to develop efficient, complex, and safe products. Adjuvants are substances that are added to crop protection products or agrochemicals to enhance the efficacy of active ingredients and improve the overall performance of the product. They can be added into a formulation (in-can adjuvants), or they can be added to the spray tank in the field (tank mix adjuvants). Adjuvants work by changing the properties of the spray solution. This makes it easier for the active ingredient in the crop protection product to reach and kill its target pest, disease, or weed.“Tween 20” is a highly effective, non-ionic surfactant adjuvant that has been used for decades to improve the performance of pesticides. It is safe for mammals and the environment, and it is biodegradable. Tween 20 is also easy to formulate and use, and it does not damage plants. It is often used as a screening tool to assess the bioavailability of new active ingredients and formulations. It is also a suitable inert ingredient for use in pesticides that are certified organic by the US NOP and OMRI.
Agricultural Activator Adjuvants Market by Adoption Stage (In-formulation and Tank-mix), Type (Surfactants and Oil-based Adjuvants), Application (Herbicides, Insecticides, Fungicides) Crop Type and Region - Global Forecast to 2028
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