Syngenta emphasizes collaboration at new building
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Syngenta emphasizes collaboration at new building

Global agrichemical company Syngenta is using a new building design to “force” its staff into collaborating with one another more organically. Ian Jepson, site lead on the new campus, said that the “good coffee machine” was on the first floor – just one of many subtle initiatives to send everyone, no matter what department, to the same location. “They’ll have no choice,” but to congregate together, he adds.

Syngenta is up 12% so far this year

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The new building – Syngenta RTP Innovation Center – consists of three offices beneath one roof. Including the greenhouse – to which it connects – the campus’s office and lab space totals 336,000 square feet. And, the new center’s open floor plan is specifically designed to make people talk to each other:

“I cannot over-emphasise our emphasis on the collaborative,” Jepson says, explaining that the building should push people from quality control and product safety into social spaces with early-stage researchers. Syngenta thinks this new, organically collaborative, culture could be a real boon to innovation. “It’s designing it right from the beginning.” He said.

The big news around Syngenta is – and has been for some time – an acquisition from Chinese chemical juggernaut ChemChina. But Jepson doesn’t know when it’s coming. He is, however, as eager to show off his new facilities to Chinese bosses as he has been to Swiss bosses over the previous month. He has no doubt that they will recognize its usefulness, saying: “this is the place to be.”


Dominion holds Syngenta in its Global Trends Managed Fund.

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