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FMC and Kumiai Sign Agreement to Expand Development and Distribution of Pyroxasulfone


PHILADELPHIA – FMC Corporation announces an expanded development and distribution agreement with Kumiai Chemical Industry Co., Ltd., to extend access to the active ingredient pyroxasulfone (KIH-485). Expanded access will allow FMC to market and sell new premixes containing pyroxasulfone and FMC proprietary chemistries for a variety of crops, including: cotton, peanuts, potatoes, vegetables and wheat. 

“As part of the FMC North American Crop business strategy, it is our goal to build successful key alliances,” said FMC Director of Business and Product Development Neil DeStefano. “This expanded agreement with Kumiai strengthens our relationship with a strategic partner and allows us the opportunity to further develop our crop protection portfolio to provide farmers in the U.S. with improved solutions for their problems.”

FMC is in the process of developing new premix concepts and reports positive and exciting results. New product concepts are anticipated for launch starting in 2014 and beyond. Two recent herbicides developed by FMC, Anthem and Anthem ATZ, use the active ingredient pyroxasulfone and are anticipating EPA approval in late 2012. A preplant, preemergence and early postemergence herbicide for corn, Anthem has two different modes of action, providing an excellent weed management tool for broad-spectrum weed control, resistance management and a lower-use rate range. 

“FMC is committed to providing growers and retailers with innovative solutions to combat weed resistance,” said DeStefano. “We look forward to providing customer-driven crop protection and value-added products to the agricultural industry.”

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About Kumiai Chemical Industry Co., Ltd.
Kumiai Chemical Industry Co., Ltd., began business when the agricultural chemical industry entered the modern era. Kumiai is proud that its corporate history parallels the agricultural chemical industry in Japan. Since formation in 1949, Kumiai has made significant contributions such as development of the first synthesized agricultural chemicals in Japan that have helped farmers realize bountiful harvests. For more information, visit

About FMC Corporation 
FMC Corporation is a diversified chemical company serving agricultural, industrial, environmental and consumer markets globally for more than a century with innovative solutions, applications and quality products. In 2011, FMC had annual sales of approximately $3.4 billion. The company employs approximately 5,000 people throughout the world, and operates its businesses in three segments: Agricultural Products, Specialty Chemicals and Industrial Chemicals. For more information, visit

Anthem and Anthem ATZ are not currently registered for use. They are under development for use in corn. This is for informational purposes only and is not to be used as a recommendation for sale. 


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