Open house in Méréville

Project completed – time to celebrate

A successful day in Méréville: On June 30th, 2017, the team at the Bayer SeedGrowth™ Coatings site celebrated the completion of their new formulation installation and invited more than 100 guests to take a look at the results.
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All the official guests at the open house event

“For three years, we worked on completing our newest project, encompassing R&D, manufacturing, and maintenance aspects,” is how Marc Andrieux, Global Head Bayer SeedGrowth Technology and Services, describes the development in Méréville. “Now that the formulation installation is finished, the plant will be able to produce twice as much product as before and at the same time optimize its environmental impact.”
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Marc Andrieux speaking at the official conference in the production hall

Starting in 2018, the site in Méréville will be able to double its productivity of seed coating per year to meet the rising demand of the global market. In doing so, the ecological footprint will be reduced thanks to more optimized water and energy usage and a strategy for zero waste emissions into the atmosphere. “The team invested 3 years of its time and 3 million euros into this project. We are very pleased with this amazing outcome,” says Marc Andrieux.

Open house event

To celebrate the inauguration of the new formulation installation, the site opened its doors to the public on June 30th. Martin Gruss, Global Head Bayer SeedGrowth, congratulated the team for its efforts to constantly improve the seed coating segment as one of Bayer SeedGrowth’s four areas of competencies. Frank Garnier, CEO Bayer France; Brice Le Corre, Head of Product Supply EMEA at Bayer; and Pierre Pagesse, former President of LIMAGRAIN, addressed the audience to point out the achievements of the Méréville team and to highlight the importance of innovative seed coatings as well as the development of breeding and crop protection technologies for the whole agricultural market.
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The new formulation installation in Méréville

Political representatives – François Durovray, President of the Departmental Council of Essonne, and Guy Crosnier, Deputy Chairman of rurality and agricultural community at the council – also joined the event and underlined the plant’s importance for the region. More than 100 visitors, including customers, business partners, representatives of the agricultural community, and neighboring companies, as well as local and regional authorities, seized the opportunity to take a closer look at the production site.
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Guided tour of the new formulation installation

Guided tour

Later that day, all those interested had the chance to learn more about the activities of the site. After a brief overview of the factory’s more than 100-year history, its activities and product portfolio, the guests were able to witness this know-how and dedication to seed coating products first-hand during a guided tour of the R&D laboratories and the new formulation installation. “My team and I were very happy to show our work to the public,” says Bernard de Vergnes, R&D Manager at Méréville. “It was a very enjoyable and successful day for us.”
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From left to right: Guy Demurs (Mayor of Méréville), Brice Le Corre (Head of Product Supply EMEA at Bayer), Guy Crosnier (Deputy Chairman of rurality and agricultural community at the council), Marc Andrieux (Global Head Bayer SeedGrowth Technology and Services), Frank Garnier (CEO Bayer France), Martin Gruss (Global Head Bayer SeedGrowth)