Nufarm site visit
On 20 October 2016 C&P PhD researchers and C&P Network members attended a workshop and site visits at two Nufarm sites in Laverton. Nufarm is a manufacturer of Crop protection products with its Global headquarters and largest manufacturing base is in Laverton. The Nufarm presentation included an overview of Nufarm operations and how the global agricultural market is impacting its operations and business decisions. The recent commissioning and health and safety procedures of the Nufarm Raymond road site that manufactures insecticides was also discussed. The Nufarm Pipe road site manufactures herbicides including the synthesis of 2,4-D and trifuralin, whilst formulating a range of other products. To improve and enhance the manufacture of 2,4-D Nufarm has recently invested and commissioned a solvent extraction plant to recover product from waste streams. The presentation described the challenges of going from the laboratory, pilot and through to full plant scale. Also included was how the business case was developed and the application for funding to ensure the financial requirements were met. The Nufarm presenters were Matt Arblaster (Manufacturing and Site Manager) and Dr Jason Costin (Environmental Lead Nufarm Laboratory). There were 26 attendees at these tours.
Jason Costin from Nufarm (in yellow top) with C&P PhD researchers and C&P Network members that attended a site visit and workshop at the Nufarm on 20 October 2016.