Enza Zaden has subsidiaries and facilities spread all over the world. As of June 2019, the subsidiary Enza Zaden South Africa is one of those that has the three fundamental departments that make up the global company, namely Research & Development (R&D), Seed Operations and Marketing and Sales (Commercial) all in one country.
The decision was made to integrate the three separate entities operating in South Africa into one company. As of June 2019, the company entities of Enza Zaden South Africa Seed Operations, Enza Zaden South Africa Commercial (Pty) Ltd and Westcape Biotech (Pty) Ltd will cease to exist, all operating as departments within the new company entity, Enza Zaden South Africa.
In the town of Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape Province, Enza Zaden South Africa was established and serves as a seed production facility. This location lies at the center of South Africa’s vegetable seed production region and is extremely important to produce seed of outdoor crops, especially onions.
Various seed crops are produced by third-party, partner companies. The seed produced in this way are packaged and distributed directly to local and international customers or shipped to Enza Zaden in the Netherlands.
In 2012 Westcape Biotech (Pty) Ltd in Stellenbosch in South Africa, was established. Westcape Biotech was originally a joint venture with the innovative Expressive Research, a biotechnological company that is active in the fields of cell and tissue culture and molecular diagnostics.
Westcape produces double haploids in pepper and cucumber for Enza Zaden and executes different multiplication activities for several third parties.
On 28 May 2018, Enza Zaden Beheer B.V. purchased the remaining shares in Westcape Holdings (Pty) Ltd. from venture partner Expressive Research B.V. This means that Enza Zaden is now the sole owner of this company. As of June 2019, it is a full R&D station of Enza Zaden South Africa.
On 1 August 2017 the subsidiary Enza Zaden South Africa Commercial (Pty) Ltd was established began selling seedsdirectly to its customers. With its headquarters based in Centurion and a good team the company distributes its products throughout the country and offers its customers local and international support. This company form the marketing and sales pillar of the new entity, Enza Zaden South Africa, as of June 2019.