Long-standing Bayer customer Damien Bishop is treated to a tour of Bayer’s manufacturing facility in Brisbane. 

In May this year, Bayer’s new territory sales manager Chris Mills and long-time Bayer customer Damien Bishop of Cure All Pest Control had the opportunity to take a tour of its manufacturing site in Pinkenba, Brisbane.

The Pinkenba facility covers a 4.4ha area, backing onto the Brisbane River. For over 50 years, it has employed over 50 Queensland staff who produce around one million litres of finished product per month across the crop protection, environmental science (including pest control and turf), and seed treatment divisions. Pinkenba Site Manager, Amgad Hanna, is proud of the fact that a large percentage of product is exported into China, as China is traditionally a supplier of finished goods.

“We were very impressed to learn that over 50% of the professional pest control range is made on site with the rest being manufactured in other Bayer facilities across the globe,” said Mr Mills. “As one of several global plants, the Pinkenba facility gets to leverage innovative production and treatment techniques used across the world, leading to far more effective and efficient production.

“We saw first-hand just how much innovation and R&D goes into the production of Bayer products. For example, the custom-built, temperature-controlled room that stores and protect labels, and the environmentally responsible approach of redirecting collected rainwater back in to the Brisbane river at a cleaner level.”

Mr Bishop commented that it was one of the cleanest commercial facilities he had ever seen, rivalling that of high-end food production plants.

Damien Bishop (left) and Amgad Hanna

“As an employee of Bayer, and as a professional pest controller for over 17 years, I feel very proud that a global research and development giant such as Bayer invests heavily in Australian jobs and growth,” added Mr Mills. “At the same time, Bayer invests in the development of new active ingredients and, in more recent times, formulation advancements that arm the professional pest control industry with class-leading products.”

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