Sumitomo Acquires DuPont Asana Insecticide

John DavisAgribusiness, Dupont Crop Protection, International

sumitomoJapan-based Sumitomo Chemical Company, Ltd. is acquiring the DuPont™ Asana® Insecticide business in the United States. The company announced Asana® will be distributed through Valent U.S.A. Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Chemical in the United States.

Asana® Insecticide, active ingredient esfenvalerate, is a proven control tool for a wide range of insect pests in major field crops, vegetables, tree fruits and nuts. Asana® has more than 50 crops on the product label. Its unique cottonseed oil-based formulation provides superior wash-off resistance and UV Light protection to enhance residual control of insect pests.

The active ingredient esfenvalerate, a resolved pyrethroid, was invented by Sumitomo Chemical, and it is currently commercialized in more than 60 countries. In the United States, Asana® was developed and commercialized by DuPont, providing consistent control in U.S. crop production for many years.

Director & Managing Executive Officer, Health & Crop Sciences Sector of Sumitomo Chemical Ray Nishimoto said, “We believe this agreement is very beneficial to Sumitomo Chemical and DuPont, and Sumitomo Chemical very much appreciates the long-term partnership with DuPont, and expects further development of mutual collaborations.”

“This agreement is another step in the execution of our DuPont Crop Protection business growth strategy,” said Rik Miller, president, DuPont Crop Protection. “The agreement further enhances our focus on innovative new offerings that drive profitable growth both today and over the long term.”