Takeover of the Korneuburg Pharmacy by Franz Johann Kwizda
Kwizda Agro is the reliable, sustainable partner when it comes to plant protection and plant nutrition in both agriculture and home and garden.
With our four business segments consisting of PLANT PROTECTION, NUTRITION & DISTRIBUTION, TOLLING, BIOCIDES and IN-HOUSE BIOLOGICAL PRODUCTS, we consider it our mission to make innovations from our global network available to international industry as well as to farmers and consumers via regional distribution markets.
A balance between a dynamic approach and scientific evidence forms the foundation for the development of innovative plant protection agents and solutions.
The high efficiency as well as the gentle, safe application of our products and solutions is just as much a priority as acting in harmony with biodiversity and climate protection goals. This is why we focus intensively on biological control agents with a view to sustainable agriculture and integrated plant protection and pest control. To do so, we are constantly expanding our core competences – formula development, biology and registration. We complement this with one of the most cutting-edge, secure production facilities in the Central European region.
Traditionally, the area of PLANT PROTECTION, NUTRITION & DISTRIBUTION has represented the core of our success. With around 120 sales and marketing employees in Austria, Hungary, Romania, Italy, France and Spain, we have a technically savvy and powerful network that enables us to market innovations in the core markets of Central, West and South-East Europe.
Kwizda Agro’s business activity began in Austria in 1926, and by now extends across the whole world. With our innovative drive and close to one hundred years of experience, we continue to provide new impetus for effective, innovative plant protection at our nine locations throughout Europe. All that matters to us is taking the utmost care in all areas and implementing the highest standards. This is what makes it possible to continue growing successfully with our efficient and safe products.
90 years of experience in plant protection
Kwizda Agro’s business activity began in Austria in 1926, and by now extends across the whole world. With our innovative drive and close to one hundred years of experience, we continue to provide new impetus for effective, trendsetting plant protection at our nine locations.
All that matters to us is taking the utmost care in all areas and implementing the highest standards.
This is what makes it possible to continue growing successfully with our efficient and safe products.
Our history over time
Foundation of the Agro Division by Richard Kwizda
The "Gut Sonnhof" estate is acquired and developed into an experimental agriculture site
Construction of the plant in Leobendorf
Foundation of Magyar Kwizda in Budapest
Start of the biocides business in France
Foundation of Kwizda Agro Germany
Kwizda Agro Italy is founded
Acquisition of LTI Tougon, France
Construction of new biocides production facility and logistics center in Val d'Izé, France
Acquisition of Agrovet Trade in Romania
Kwizda Agro Spain is founded
Start of an extensive investment program at the Leobendorf site
Opening of the new herbicide plant in Leobendorf
Launch of the New Technology business
An investment program of more than €41.1 million is launched to modernize the production facilities
The history of the Kwizda company starts in Lower Austria, 73 years before the founding of the agriculture division: in 1853, Franz Johann Kwizda takes over the Kreisapotheke pharmacy in Korneuburg, rapidly ascending to become a Purveyor to the Imperial and Royal Court as a pharmacist and vet. His son Julius takes over the company and plays a leading role in advancing the pharmaceutical production. And each subsequent generation enters a new stage of development with passion and innovative ability. Subsequently, the wholesale pharmaceutical trade is expanded and the branch network of drugstores is broadened
In 1924, Richard Kwizda takes over the company, founding the agrochemical division in 1926, which today operates as Kwizda Agro in the whole of Europe and North America. In 1942, the Sonnhof property is acquired and developed for agricultural trials.
In 1980, the plant in Leobendorf is built, where production commences in 1982 under the supervision of Johann F. Kwizda. It has since been expanded to become one of the most cutting-edge, secure production facilities in the Central European region. Today, the factory employs 135 workers. The research and development department is dedicated to coming up with biological plant protection and innovative formulas. In addition, the factory also produces high-quality and complex plant protection agents for sustainable agriculture. 1995 brings the founding of Vikem-Kwizda in France, followed by the commissioning of the new production facility in Val d’Izé nine years later.
Kwizda Agro has always been committed to the development and production of innovative plant protection solutions. With the takeover of Agrovet Trade in the year 2007, Kwizda Agro entered the Romanian market. Today, Romania is one of the company’s core markets. We are continuously investing in the know-how of our employees and the technical features of our facilities. In the years from 2014 to 2019, a total of 24.3 million euros were invested in the Leobendorf location. A new investment program to the tune of 41.1 million euros was initiated in 2020. This is how, using ultra-modern technology, we produce the plant protection of today and develop the plant protection of tomorrow together with our partners
.Since it was founded 160 years ago, Kwizda has always been a family-run, Austrian-owned company that takes up modern developments and actively promotes them as a pioneer. Today, the company is in the hands of the fourth generation, run by Mag. pharm. Richard Peter Kwizda and business graduate Dr. Johann Franz Kwizda. They have advanced the internationalization of the company, thereby consolidating the leading market position of the Kwizda Holding. And as a Europe-wide player in the industry, the signs continue to point to internationalization. This forms the foundation of growth for the family company well beyond the borders of Austria.
Kwizda company group
Kwizda Agro is part of the Kwizda Holding which, alongside the business field of agriculture, also comprises the following areas of business:
In fiscal 2020, the Group generated sales of over one billion euros.
Committed to health, connected to nature.
Find out more about the Kwizda Holding: www.kwizda.at
Kwizda group of companies in numbers
Million sales in Euros in 2020
Years of experience
We are reliable, fast & innovative
We at Kwizda Agro have been offering comprehensive know-how in the formulation of plant protection agents as well as the registration and distribution thereof for decades.
We bring this know-how to our partnerships with scientific institutions and the industry in order to provide farmers with the best possible solutions for the protection of their plants.
Our national and international partnerships are characterized by many years of close collaboration.
To continue meeting the challenges posed by agriculture with innovative solutions in the future, we are always open to new partnerships.
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