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Apprenticeships successfully begun as well as completed at KWS

EInbeck August 05, 2021: For apprentices and their trainers, the summer months are always something special. This truism also applies to the plant breeding company KWS where 34 young people began a new stage in their lives with the start of their apprenticeships on August 2. Shortly before that, 46 graduates celebrated their successful completion of eight different apprenticeships and dual study programs.


RootCamp gains KWS as new corporate partner

Hannover, June 07, 2021: KWS, one of the world’s leading plant breeding firms, has become a new business partner of the agri-food tech incubator RootCamp. KWS and RootCamp’s partnership will integrate competencies and strengthen networks in order to increase the pace of digitalization and innovation speed. Agricultural biotechnology, biological seed treatment and weeding technologies are among the strategic topics.


KWS confirms guidance for the year after a successful third quarter

Einbeck, May 12, 2021: Spring sowing season business largely over – Net sales forecast for the full-year confirmed – EBIT margin for the year now expected to be at the upper range of the forecast. Net sales of the KWS Group (ISIN: DE0007074007) rose by 5.8% (operational growth after adjustment for exchange rate effects: +13.0%) in the first nine months of 2020/2021. EBITDA and EBIT increased by around 5%, while net income for the period was at the level of the previous year.


Statement: EU Commission study on new breeding technologies

Einbeck, April 30, 2021: KWS welcomes the results of the EU Commission study on the handling and evaluation of new breeding methods. KWS remains convinced that these new breeding methods are an important tool for the future of sustainable agriculture, for maintaining food supply and for achieving the Farm to Fork targets. The speed and precision of these methods allow breeders to develop better regionally adapted plant varieties that respond to the challenges posed by climate change, degradation of land and plant diseases.


Test results with weeding robots reveal opportunities for a more sustainable and profitable approach to agriculture

Einbeck, March 23, 2021: Together with the University of Göttingen (Section of Agricultural Engineering) and the IfZ (Institute for Sugarbeet Research), KWS tested various robotic weed control systems for sugarbeets during the 2020 growing season. The initial results are promising: Two mechanical weeding robots significantly reduced weed density during several field passes. An herbicide-based robotic system resulted in a nearly 80-percent reduction in the amount of herbicides used compared to conventional spraying methods. The system resulted in approximately a 70 percent reduction in weed populations


KWS acquires tomato breeding company

Einbeck/Wageningen, March 10, 2021: KWS is consolidating the expansion of its new vegetable seed business with the acquisition of the vegetable seed company Geneplanta S.r.l., domiciled in Noceto/Parma, Italy. The Company, founded in 2011, focuses on breeding, production and sales of tomato varieties. Its main sales areas are realized in Italy and Mexico.

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About KWS

KWS is one of the world’s leading plant breeding companies. More than 5,700 employees in 70 countries generated net sales of around €1.3 billion in fiscal 2019/2020. A company with a tradition of family ownership, KWS has operated independently for more than 160 years. It focuses on plant breeding and the production and sale of seed for corn, sugarbeet, cereals, vegetables, rapeseed and sunflowers. KWS uses leading-edge plant breeding methods to continuously improve yield for farmers and plants’ resistance to diseases, pests and abiotic stress. To that end, the company invested more than €200 million last fiscal year in research and development.

* All figures excluding the shares of the equity-accounted companies AGRELIANT GENETICS LLC., AGRELIANT GENETICS INC. and KENFENG – KWS SEEDS CO., LTD.

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