Grochem expands team

Grochem Australia is expanding its team, with the appointment of Nicholas Kocyan as product development and technical services manager and Catherine Cousen as customer service officer.

Mr Kocyan is providing technical support for customers as well as developing Grochem Australia’s R&D program under the direction of general manager Ben Coombe and research and development manager Iain Latter.

Grochem Australia is a leading supplier of innovative options for growers including plant nutrition products, insecticides, fungicides and plant growth regulators, mainly for use in horticultural crops.

A La Trobe University graduate in agricultural science, Mr Kocyan has a strong background in plant pathology after four years at Bayer Crop Science and BASF.

He worked closely with growers, suppliers and sales teams to set up and manage field and glasshouse trials at Bayer’s wheat and oilseeds breeding centre at Longerenong in the Victorian Wimmera.

As part of this program, he also managed collaborations with R&D partners including the Grains Research and Development Corporation, University of Sydney, CIMMYT Australia and ICARDA Germplasm Evaluation (CAIGE) and Departments of Agriculture in Western Australia and Victoria.

Mr Kocyan continued his plant pathology work to develop a new wheat variety for the Australian market when Bayer sold this program to BASF as part of a global divestment earlier this year.

Early in his career, Mr Kocyan volunteered at a community organisation to help set up a horticultural operation supplying fresh fruit and vegetables for up to 3000 residents and guests per year.

“I am looking forward to contributing to Grochem’s growth in Australia and working more closely in horticulture,” he said.

Meanwhile, Catherine Cousen has joined Grochem Australia to strengthen the company’s service to customers alongside Samantha O’Donnell.

Ms Cousen comes to Grochem Australia after three years with Landmark, where she was operations planner for specialty fertilisers.  Her customer service responsibilities there included ordering, forecasting, sales reporting and coordinating stock movements nationally.

“We welcome Nicholas and Catherine to Grochem and look forward to introducing them to our customers in coming weeks,” Mr Coombe said.

Grochem Australia is proud to support beyondblue over the next three months

Like beyondblue, it is key to our company that we provide our customers and the local community with quality support when using our unique range of copper products.
Grochem continues to develop new and innovative solutions to ease the burden of disease control within the horticultural industry.

Bordeaux WG
$5 donation (each 15kg bag)

Oxydul DF
$5 donation (each 15kg bag)

Coppox WG
$5 donation (each 15kg bag)

Hydrocop WG
$5 donation (each 10kg bag)

Tribasic Liquid
$5 donation (each 20L drum)
$50 donation (each 200L drum)
$200 donation (each 800L drum)

Contact your local Grochem Sales Manager for more information

Ben Coombe
Mobile: 0447 300 959

Melanie Weber
WA/SA including Mildura and Robinvale
Mobile: 0402 310 854

Ashleigh Knight
Mobile: 0447 578 157


Fresh new look for Grochem

Crop protection products from Grochem Australia are taking on a fresh new look which will make it easier for growers and farm distributors to identify the company’s products. Grochem products such as Bordeaux WG (tri-basic copper sulphate),Coppox WG (copper oxychloride) and Fortuna Globe 750 WG (mancozeb) are the first to show the bright new branding. All 45 of the company’s fungicides, insecticides, adjuvants, plant growth regulators and specialty products will adopt the new look in coming months. “Rebranding our packs is one more step as we strive to grow our position in the Australian horticulture market,” said Ben Coombe, general manager of Grochem Australia. “This move follows Grochem’s acquisition of Melpat International in July 2017 and the integration of our expanding product portfolio,”he said. The new Grochem branding combines the distinctive Melpat ‘hoop’ with a single colour theme for each product, so the packs are more distinctive and easier for workers to identify in the store and the shed.

Grochem Australia is a subsidiary of the Grochem Group in New Zealand, which has become a major supplier there, mainly to pome and stone fruit growers, since it was first set up in 1993.

The company is growing rapidly to meet the changing needs of the horticulture industry in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. “We are working with innovative researchers to develop effective products that are more environmentally sustainable and enable growers to meet consumer requirements,”Mr Coombe said.

“At the same time, we maintain strong links with our suppliers around the globe to be reliable suppliers of high quality products.”

Mr Coombe heads up a small team  in Australia, which combines the strengths of Grochem and the former Melpat business. He supports resellers in Victoria and Tasmania from Melbourne, while Samantha O’Donnell looks after customer service and administration.

Meanwhile, Melanie Webber looks after customers in Western Australia and South Australia, including Mildura and Robinvale, with Hamish Turner focusing on R&D and technical support.

Grochem’s latest recruit is Ashleigh Knight, who will support customers in Queensland and New South Wales, following several years in the crop protection industry.





Originally published on Good Fruit & Vegetables