Kimitec is opening the doors of MAAVi Innovation Center, the largest centre for bio-pesticides, prebiotics and probiotics in Europe and one of the largest in the world
Kimitec Group was born in 2007 and it has managed to put itself in the industry’s spotlight by obtaining solutions that are 100% natural, with the same efficiency as chemicals, but at a more competitive cost and by becoming the only European company with four Horizon 2020 projects. This is the reason, as Félix García, CEO of Kimitec Group admitted, that last year they received 28 purchase offers for the company and 19 in 2019. But “it will never be sold”. Because it is not just a business, it is the result of a philosophy of life that has spread to 90 countries all over the world through 4 delegations with 5 offices: USA (Sacramento and Minneapolis), Brazil (Sao Paulo), Latin America (Lima) and China (Shanghai).
MAAVi is a unique setting, not only architectonically (with open plan, functional spaces that keep everything in sight, and an alternative entrance using a slide that is a strong declaration of intent: access to a setting that is based on breaking all the established rules), but also due to the disruption that its products present.
García assures that “chemicals are not needed for productive farming.” The key lies in nature and in finding the correct molecule and not only the right extract.
Kimitec proposes natural solutions, based on botany, microbiology, micro-algae and green chemistry (they define it as technology 4 Health), but which are as efficient as chemical products. To do this, they are working on 7 lines of R&D: Nutrition, bio-pesticides, pro and prebiotics, priming, symbionts and seed treatments.
Explosion of ‘biopests’
Looking at the figures that make up the global market of bio pesticides in 2018, with sales for a total of 3,500 million dollars worldwide, and a growth forecast of 14-16% over the next few years, we can deduce that MAAVi’s proposal has a very bright future.
Currently Kimitec is already a “partner in most multinationals”, which are looking for ‘green’ solutions that complement their offer. Additionally, it offers its services to companies to develop specific solutions, either agro (e.g. they are working on the AgroHealth project alongside La Unión y Fundación Cajamar), or others to revalue sub products (this is the case of Cosentino and the remains derived from cutting stone, or from Heineken with the yeast resulting from beer preparation).
MAAVi was opened at Kimitec’s annual conference 4Health Summit, held in Almeria, attended by professionals from over 90 countries.
“We have come to stay and take farming to a place where it has never been before.” A statement by Félix García that summarises the raison d’être of MAAVi and Kimitec.