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Syngenta of Switzerland is to open an agricultural research operations centre at Didsbury in Manchester in August, with the creation of 140 jobs.
Syngenta is to invest £75m in the expansion of its crop protection manufacturing facilities in Grangemouth and Huddersfield, while £35m will be spent at its Jealott's Hill research centre in Bracknell.
Syngenta is planning to set up a pilot project to generate electricity from rapeseed oil at Driffield, Yorkshire, with the output being sold to Smartest Energy to power 1,000 homes.
Syngenta is seeking permission to open a £50m agrochemicals plant at Grangemouth in May to produce a new fungicide called picoxystrobin.