The commercialization of new fertilizers and biostimulants implies that the products could be produced successfully at industrial scale with reasonable resources. However, before new products can be industrially produced, the production process needs to be developed, tested and optimized in a small scale. At COMPO EXPERT such development and optimization steps are usually conducted at the R&D Technical Center. If all required tests are successful, the recipes and processes can be upscaled to the industrial production scale.
In the COMPO EXPERT Technical Center following activities are conducted:
- Development of new products using similar equipment and technologies as in the industrial production unit
- Revision and improvement of existing recipes (e.g., substitution of raw materials) to achieve and ensure desired and required product properties
- Production of experimental samples according to the COMPO EXPERT product portfolio (granular fertilizers, coated fertilizers, fertilizers with special additives, suspensions, liquid fertilizer, soil improvers and biostimulants) for agronomic experiments and product registration in the different countries
- Conduction of standardized tests to evaluate product quality and storage behavior (granular and liquid fertilizers)
- Planning and development of experiments supporting requests on intellectual property
- Broad documentation on the conducted experiments, including extensive evaluation and reporting
- Support in the optimization of processes and establishment of new procedures for evaluation of quality parameters
A key role of the COMPO EXPERT R&D unit is dedicated to horticultural and agronomic experiments. Here, the focus is on the effectiveness of new substances and technologies, the development and testing of prototypes and new products, and comparative evaluation of plant performance under different conditions. In particular, product prototypes are comparatively evaluated under consideration of scientific standards. In addition to the high diversity of target crops, other factors such as soil properties, cultivation system, climate and stress situations might be integrated in the experimental designs.