The UK agrochemical market has been forecast to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) 1.1% over the next five years, rising from a value of £1.1 billion in 2013-14, to reach a total of £1.2 billion in 2018-19.
The United Kingdom agrochemical manufacturing industry has been prevented from coming a cropper by dependable downstream agriculture over the past five years.
Chemical pesticides are an integral part of the UK's agriculture sector, boosting production and productivity. Over the years, the use and importance of pesticides has increased gradually, while the industry's product profile has evolved in line with technological advancements and changing land use.
Producers have strengthened product ranges by providing intricately targeted options that treat specific crops and pests. The performance of the industry relies on a range of factors, the most important of which has historically been the level of agricultural output and income.
Over the past few years the parameters of the regulatory framework governing the operating backdrop of the industry have become more and more encompassing, and are now having a significant effect on industry performance.
Increasingly stringent restrictions have led to the removal of a large number of active ingredients available for use in the UK crop protection market, a development that is expected to continue.
This has had marked implications for industry participants, as have the escalating costs associated with bringing new active ingredients to market.
Over the next five years, similar variables will affect the industry and restrain growth. Consolidation will be the mark of this mature industry, and regulation and public concern surrounding pesticides will intensify. This combination is expected to yield a more subdued rate of growth.
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