Certis Europe combines its own proprietary products with those from a range of supplier partners in a wide-ranging portfolio. Unique among suppliers to the arable, horticultural, and speciality crop sectors, Certis provides solutions for growers that take account of market demands and pressures, as well as crop production challenges. Within the horticultural and speciality crop sector Certis Europe is a leader in IPM with a broad offer encompassing beneficial insects, biopesticides and other ‘soft’ technology that provides growers with solutions to protect their crops from damaging pests and diseases.
Certis has decided to divest its commercial sales business for beneficials in the UK, France and Italy and will sell this business to Koppert. The business transfer agreement was concluded on 1 September in order to achieve a smooth transition in time for the new season starting in the autumn. Certis will continue to sell beneficial products elsewhere and continue its activities to develop integrated biological crop protection programmes with its customers in all its markets.
Furthermore, Certis and Koppert are exploring the possibility to collaborate in other areas with regard to biopesticide and biostimulant products. Certis CEO Mark Waltham commented: “We are excited to find in Koppert a potential partner that is the market leader in beneficial production and development and therefore is best placed to build on the excellent customer relationships Certis and BCP have developed with beneficial products over the last 20 years. In addition, Koppert has a similar strategy to Certis in developing robust and technically supported bio-pesticide and bio-stimulant products. We have identified several opportunities to expand our relationship in the future and have jointly committed to explore these opportunities together over the coming months”.
Koppert Biological Systems’ Managing Director, Henri Oosthoek added: “The acquisition of Certis Europe’s beneficials sales business in the UK, France and Italy fits in well with our long-term strategy to further develop biological solutions for these important agricultural and horticultural countries.
“The negotiations with Certis were fruitful and coincide with Koppert’s mission to make agriculture healthier, safer and more productive for the better health of people and the planet. The transfer of business is in progress and customers in these countries have been contacted to ensure a smooth transition and discuss how we may develop our relationship further,” he added.
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Notes to Editors:
Certis Europe includes operating units in France, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Spain and UK. It also has close links with Certis USA and Spiess-Urania.
Mitsui & Co. markets and distributes a wide variety of pesticides, bio pesticides and biological pest control products and services through its European, Japanese, African and U.S. marketing subsidiaries.
Useful Certis group & Mitsui & Co websites:-
Certis USA: www.certisusa.com
Mitsui & Co: www.mitsui.co.jp