Our History

Over seven decades of vision, entrepreneurship and growth

ADAMA celebrates its more than 70-year heritage, having started from two Israeli crop protection companies, Makhteshim and Agan, that were established in 1952 and 1945 respectively, and then merged in 1997 to form Makhteshim Agan. In 2011, we became part of the ChemChina Group (the China National Chemical Corporation), which started a new and exciting chapter in our story. In 2014, we introduced our new global brand and became known as ADAMA.  In 2017, we returned to the public markets by combining with Hubei Sanonda Ltd. a leading Chinese crop protection producer. In January 2020, ADAMA became part of the Syngenta Group, a newly-formed ag-industry leader, and part of the ChemChina group, created through the bringing together of the agricultural businesses of ChemChina and Sinochem.

Since the founding of the company, our success in the Israeli market has evolved into a vision to provide high quality, effective crop protection products to farmers worldwide. We expanded our global footprint in the 1970s and 80s, establishing a presence in key agricultural markets such as France and the UK. In the 1990s, we established our European headquarters, and significantly expanded in Latin America. In the 2000s, ADAMA was joined by 25 additional companies in the Americas, Asia and Europe through partnerships, acquisitions and organic expansion.  

From our roots as pioneers, ADAMA is now a leading global company with sales in approximately 100 countries. With a culture that empowers our people to listen to farmers and ideate from the field, we provide solutions to farmers across the world to combat weeds, insects and disease.