The different group companies carry out their activities according to different lines of business which are currently faced:
- Agroindustrial Kimitec S.L: This is the origin of our group and currently concentrates all our specialized activity in the field of agricultural nutrition, biostimulants, correctors and soil improvement products.
- Agrocode Bioscience, S.L.: It is the company through which probiotic products and microorganisms are marketed for use in plant nutrition and plant health, as well as biopesticides once the correspondent registrations are obtained.
- Cannabis Biotechnological Development, S.L.: Company dedicated to the commercialization of specific fertilizers and biostimulants for the cultivation of medicinal cannabis.
- Biotechnology Agricó, S.L.: This is the company responsible for the specific market of gardening products. Due to the differentiating characteristics of this target market, we decided to launch our products through an independent channel.
This corporate structure presents enormous advantages for the management of our activity: all the companies research effort is concentrated in Kimitec Biogroup, which feeds them with a highly qualified and specialized human team, and the most avant-garde technical equipment and research facilities. In the meantime, the entire production capacity is focused on Agroindustrial Kimitec, as well as all the orders from each of the different companies, which act as commercial brands, thereby reducing administrative costs and making our commercial management faster, more agile and fluid. Finally, all Kimitec’s group companies are supported by Agroindustrial Kimitec’s Technical Department, Export Department, Marketing Department, Financial Department and Management Department.
The company is located in Almeria, where Kimitec has more than 30,000 hectares of greenhouse production, closed to two of the biggest European ports (Valencia and Algeciras), which allow to export easily. Also, it is needed to be mentioned that more than 130 people work in the company group. The hard work done in the development and commercialization of plant nutrition and crop protection products has led to the current company portfolio with more than 200 products which include: fertilizers and plant nutrition products, specialty fertilizers, organic matter, amino acids and biostimulants and biofertilizers among others. Trough microbiological and botanical solutions for crop protection and plant nutrition we enable growers to effectively replace chemical solutions with microbiological biotechnology and plant extracts, which are safer and healthier alternatives compared to harsh chemical pesticides and fungicides. Thus, our products are also an effective solution for organic crops which have no chemical alternatives.
Kimitec range of products includes biopesticides, bionematicides, biofungicides, biobactericides and several products for microbiological nutrition, including inoculants. Hereby, the three main lines of work are:
1. Research and experimental development in biotechnology.
2. Manufacture, commercialization and distribution of fertilizers, special fertilizers and inputs.
3. National and international consulting, as well as agricultural training and training courses.
Kimitec has an experience of more than 10 years developing solutions to take the seeds to its maximum genetic potential thanks to the use of nutritional elements that seek to increase the quality and production of the crops. Obtaining formulated combinations to accomplish these two objectives are the result of the sum of our two big strengths: wide knowledge in organic chemistry and deep knowledge of crops. Also, the fact of being present in more than 90 countries, has allowed us to know in depth the needs of crops around the world, their metabolic processes and the benefits that each of its elements makes in the plant: from microelements, macroelements to phytohormones and amino acids. Thanks to this know-how, Kimitec has a variey of tools to optimize physiological crop functions that would normally be less efficient. For example, biotransport tools for immobile elements such as calcium; or others which make bioavailable some nutrients that are blocked in the soil due to extreme cold temperatures or pH, thus allowing the crop to be better nourished.
Kimitec Technology is summarized as the conjunction of organic chemistry, microbiology and formulation. Bearing this in mid, the main lines of research at this time cover the following fields: plant nutrition, plant protection and functional nutrition. We already have a working methodology for the design of bioprotectors, through the detection of heats, improve efficiency based on screening techniques, scaling and formulating thanks to the approval and successful completion of a Project (Bloster Project), in the Horizon2020 call in SME II. In the same way, we also have a proven methodology for the design of microbiological consortiums adapted to the crop, or for the design of prebiotic biostimulants to enhance the beneficial microbiology existing in the soil, leading us today to a high specialization in the creation of pro and prebiotic biostimulation in the soil, and indirect control of pathogens. This has also been accomplished thanks to the contribution of approved projects of high biotechnological specialization in different calls such as Micocap, Condemoor or Mic-Mix.
The total amount of Kimitec Group investment in R&D projects exceeds 20 million euros, and international partnerships include partnerships formed by companies and research centers from different countries that are working at different levels into the agricultural field. Also, a reflection of the international presence of the group, relies on the number of commercial partnerships we currently have: we are present in more than 90 countries all over the world. International trade accounts represent approximately 70-80% of the total turnover of the company. Some relevant countries are Brazil, Mexico, USA, Peru, Morocco, Israel, Turkey, Jordan or Kenya, among others.
During the last year, Kimitec has managed to significantly increase its positioning in the countries in which it is present, and the tendency is to continue increasing the international quota and reducing the national quota, although national sales have not decreased in no time. According to the ranking of companies of El Economista newspaper, Kimitec Group is in the position number 8 at national level, in the sectorial ranking of companies dedicated to research and experimental development in biotechnology. The following table shows the most relevant economic data obtained in the last four years:
Biostimulant products are responsible for stimulating plant growth while improving their metabolism and increasing crop quality. With the shortage of land and water, the importance of
supporting advanced tools that can help improve crop harvesting is expanded. In 2016, the global biostimulant market experienced an increase of $ 1,603.9 million and is estimated to grow at an annual compound rate of 11.92%, to reach $ 3,092.8 million by 2022. Biopesticide products (zero waste products) are a very safe future bet, since currently the main international supermarket chains are continuously limiting the residue in the products sold from their servers. Consequently, verify that the market opportunity increases to a value of US $ 9.5 billion by the year 2025, with the value of US $ 3.3 billion in 2017, so that the market forecast can increase significantly with a CAGR of 13.9% during the 2017-2025 forecast period.
Considering all this data and company information, it is easy to see how Kimitec Group is a leader company within its sector and the enormous potential to develop R&D projects regarding new plant protection products due to its experience and previous know-how. Thereby, its participation into the PhageFire project it is essential and will report and added value to the consortium to get to achieve an effective product to fight fire blight disease.