What’s New


SST: a key solutions provider for Horticulture market

Read about SST in the JULY issue of Tree Fruit …..SST-editorial_TreeFruit-July2017


SST brings in Tim Smith to head WA branch

SST is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Smith as WA State manager, based in Perth. Farm Weekly.  


Companion – enhancing the performance of pesticide sprays

Companion significantly enhances the performance of many pesticide sprays by acidifying spray water, reducing spray drift and improving penetration and plant uptake.  To learn more please read our new Companion Leaflet.


Axieo to acquire SST Australia

Axieo is delighted to announce that it has signed an agreement to acquire SST Australia, a leading supplier of adjuvants and spray additives for the agricultural and horticultural industries in Australia and New Zealand.

Axieo’s CEO Sam Bastounas said: “This is a major strategic acquisition for Axieo. It provides us with proprietary IP that supplements our existing expertise in surfactants. It also complements our investment in technical innovation through Monash University’s Green Chemical Futures facility.

“SST has an outstanding reputation for personal service and for innovative spray application and adjuvant products that assist in the control of weeds, insects and fungal pests and promote the growth of crops and turf”, he said.

SST’s founder and current Managing Director John Illingworth said: “I’m pleased to find in Axieo a company that understands and values what is great about SST Australia, and has the ambition and capital to drive it further. I feel that I’m leaving our customers and the team we’ve built in excellent hands, and I look forward to following their progress in the coming years.”

Sam Bastounas said that the expanded and improved reach the combined companies offer means that Axieo is ideally placed to meet a broader range of needs across the agricultural and horticultural sectors in the region.

“Agriculture is an enduring industry in both Australia and New Zealand. The innovation and service we provide can help deliver improved efficiency and productivity to farms across Australia and New Zealand. At the same time, Axieo’s scale and financial strength mean we are well placed to expand SST across Australasia and into Asia.

“In the months ahead we will invest in upgraded manufacturing facilities that expand our capabilities further and we will rebrand SST Australia to SST Asia Pacific. “In the meantime, we congratulate Martyn Jones, a Business Director from our Specialties business who will take over as General Manager of the business, and Graeme Pearson who will assume the role of Technical Manager. SST’s founder John Illingworth will provide support to Martyn and the team, and SST’s team and agents will remain in place”, Mr Bastounas said.