Yara chooses the UK as the home of its new global production plant

Yara International has chosen the UK as the home of its new global production plant for specialty crop nutrition products and biostimulants.
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The plant, which is set to be built close to Yara’s existing site in Pocklington, Yorkshire, represents a significant and exciting investment in UK agriculture.

Set to be one of the largest of its kind in the world and the largest in the UK, the facility is expected to be operational by the end of 2025 and will double Yara’s current production capacity of YaraVita speciality crop nutrition products and biostimulants.

Virtually all the output from the plant will be exported to markets around the world.

Architect impression of Yara's new global production plant.Architect impression of Yara's new global production plant.
Architect impression of Yara's new global production plant.

Jari Pentinmäki, managing director of Yara UK, said: “As a global company with production plants and employees all over the world, Yara could have built this plant anywhere, but we chose the UK.

“We are delighted that we are able to support UK agriculture in this way and we know that our current employees in Yorkshire will be excited that production will remain there, just as it has been since 2009.”

Yara’s proud Yorkshire roots go back even further than this, though.

The company was known as Phosyn when it was founded in 1967 in Pocklington.

By 2006, it had become part of Yara International with the aim of transforming crop nutrition with the introduction of its foliar application products.

Fast forward to 2019, and the company entered the biostimulants segment with the development of new products like those that will be produced in the new facility.

“What began in Yorkshire is set to stay in Yorkshire for the next exciting leg of the Yara journey,” explained David Tomkinson, Operations Director of Yara UK and son of the founder of Phosyn, John Tomkinson.

“We have seen sales of YaraVita specialty crop nutrition products and biostimulants grow fivefold in the last 20 years.

“These products are formulated to meet the specific needs of crops throughout the growing season and to help them increase their resilience to climate change.”

Yara has established a unique position as the industry’s only global crop nutrition company.

Just like humans, plants need all essential nutrients to thrive.

Specialty nutrients provided by foliar fertilisers (applied to the leaf or fruit) are just as vital for crop growth and quality as nutrients applied to the soil via traditional mineral fertilisers.

Biostimulants for plants are just like taking vitamins for humans. This helps the plants adapt better to climate change and improve nutrient use efficiency.

Rejane Souza, senior vice-president of global innovation at Yara International, stated: “If one nutrient is lacking or under stress, crop growth, yield and quality can be reduced. Specialty crop nutrition products are complementary to traditional mineral fertilizers and are crucial for achieving balanced crop nutrition.

“Although only needed in small amounts, they can make a big difference for farmers and are critical to ensure a lower carbon footprint for food production by increasing yield per unit of land.”

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