Omya reported in a press release that the newly opened facility at the headquarters in Oftringen comprises a fully automated greenhouse, open land and a fruit orchard. Here, the company said it would be carrying out “systematic analyses of natural calcium carbonate in agriculture”.
The Crop Science Center will allow for long-term testing under more extreme climatic conditions than is possible in nature outdoors. This will enable Omya to respond to unanticipated developments in farming quickly in the future. The company also plans to offer employee training at the Crop Science Center.
Insights gained at the centre will be valuable for the development of new products and innovative technologies for agriculture. The industrial minerals producer aims to “provide the best-possible support to farmers as they strive to achieve higher levels of productivity and sustainability”. Omya specialises in the production of industrial minerals derived from calcium carbonate and dolomite as well as the worldwide distribution of speciality chemicals. Its products are used in agriculture and forestry plus numerous other sectors including food, construction materials, cleaning and printing and writing paper.