Flonicamid to slowly gain market share in China 11-28-2017

The insecticide flonicamid is getting more attention from Chinese manufacturers, showing a high effect on specific insect pest with lower resistance than competing products. CCM predicts a significant increase in registration over the near future.


Flonicamid was developed and produced by Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha (ISK) and was introduced to China in 2007 for the first time. ISK has been developing Flonicamid on a global basis since in the late 1990’s and since there has been launched into the market in several countries.

According to market intelligence firm CCM, three new flonicamid technical products will be registered in China in the near future, which lifts the number of total registrations up to 6 in total for the middle kingdom.

Flonicamid is a lowly toxic insecticide, which has stomach action and contact action, being a nerve poison and an antifeedant. In 2007, ISK launched it in China with several single agents and mixtures. Besides ISK, CNAMPGC-SUMITOMO Agrochemicals is the only one that has registered flonicamid formulations in China.

Flonicamid went off patent in China on July 22, 2013, and its official registration was not protected starting March 2017. According to the 2017 List of Pesticides to be Approved for Registration, Qingdao Haolite will obtain the registration of 97% flonicamid technical, the first domestic enterprise that obtains the technical registration. Moreover, the number of flonicamid registrations will soar in a period of time. Notably, Qingdao Haolite will also obtain the official registration of 97% spirotetramat TC to be the first domestic enterprise that has the registration.

There are many other enterprises actively developing flonicamid. For instance, Xinyi Yongcheng is working on registration of flonicamid TC, and planned to newly establish 300 t/a flonicamid; Jiangsu Huifeng also disclosed its plan of 1,000 t/a flonicamid and is busy with its registration. It is predicted that flonicamid registration will appear one after another in China for the near future.

The major competitor products of flonicamid in China are imidacloprid, acetamiprid, and nitenpyram. However, the competing products all show a significant resistance to insect pests, while flonicamid has not reported any major resistance yet. Hence, the insecticide is likely to get more market share in the future as China’s manufacturers are embracing the opportunity.

About Flonicamid

Flonicamid is an insecticide used for fighting pests like aphids and whiteflies. The scope of crops where flonicamid is used is cotton as well as fruit and vegetable crops while having a good toxicological, environmental and ecotoxicological profile.

The field trials of flonicamid on different crops demonstrated excellent results against aphids and whiteflies. With pest mortality reached 90%, the new plant tissue and leaves can be protected up to 21 days after application, showing better results than neonicotinoids and sulfoxaflor. And most importantly, flonicamid is safe to bees, beneficial insects and natural enemies. Because of low toxicity and residuals level, this product’s plant harvest interval is only one day if the application would conduct on cucumber, tomato, strawberry and other crops.

Flonicamid as a novel insecticide boasts many advantages. Firstly, it exhibits excellent performance of controlling almost all important aphid species in apple, peach, wheat, potato etc. At the same time, flonicamid has no negative impact on beneficial insects or natural enemies and thus will provide a new option to integrated pest management programs. With the quitting of five highly toxic pesticides like methamidophos in China, other insecticides embrace a great opportunity to share more market. In light of this, flonicamid would probably have a bright future.

About CCM

CCM is the leading market intelligence provider for China’s agriculture, chemicals, food & ingredients and life science markets. 

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