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International news in brief: Company News

| November 1, 2018
  • APC joins Staphyt group

Agchem Project Consulting (APC) has joined the Staphyt group to grow the group’s regulatory capabilities for companies dealing with agrochemicals, biocides and general chemicals.

Founded in 2001 by Steve Shires, APC has 23 employees and collaborates with a large network of consultants around the world. APC is a major player in regulatory consulting, providing its clients with bespoke global solutions with local focus.

The Staphyt group’s regulatory department is now organised into two independent, but highly complementary business units: APC and Staphyt Regulatory.

APC will retain its brand name, its existing team, as well as its technical and commercial organisation. Both teams remain unchanged and preserve their privileged relationships with their customers.

The combined regulatory capability of the Staphyt group now consists of more than 60 regulatory and scientific specialists covering all areas related to chemical risk assessment, ready to manage larger regulatory and study programs.

The company has regulatory offices in eight countries, and a network of more than 70 consultants worldwide offering exceptional capabilities for national, European and international registrations.  ¢

  • Pelsis acquires Curtis

Pelsis Holdings (UK) Ltd and Curtis Gilmour Inc. have announced that an agreement has been reached to bring together the brand portfolios and operations of the two companies. The activities of the two companies are said to be highly complementary to one another and together give access to a broader range of customers, and geographies, for the consolidated product range.

Pelsis has brands in both the professional and consumer pest control categories such as Insect-O-Cutor, the leading electronic flying insect control brand, Network bird control, and Edialux, one of the largest consumer brands in Western Europe.

Curtis Gilmour’s brands include the B&G Equipment line of professional sprayers, Curtis Dyna-Fog premium fogging products, as well as the Agrisense and Silvandersson trapping and monitoring brands.

The consolidated portfolio will be led by Pelsis Group CEO Peter Mangion and will continue to operate from its current facilities in the USA and in Europe. Both companies recognise a core strength of the other is their respective distribution, distributor and sales representative networks, which there is no intention to change.

Peter Mangion said: “The bringing together of these great brands creates a compelling offer to customers large and small across the USA and Europe, an offer which covers the full needs of the professional pest controller as well as the end consumer.”

Curtis Gilmour Executive Chairman Carl Contadini added: “Our history with Pelsis dates to better than a decade ago when P + L Systems was a subsidiary undertaking of one of our portfolio companies. The combining of these two companies into an enlarged group, and the reunion with Pelsis, settles an ambition we have pursued since we formed Curtis five years ago.”  ¢

  • Mitie Pest Control sold to Rentokil Initial

Mitie Group plc has announced the sale on 1st October 2018 of the entire issued share capital of Mitie Pest Control Limited to Rentokil Initial plc for £40 million.

The £40 million will be paid in cash at completion, subject to any adjustment for completion accounts. Most of the proceeds will be used to strengthen Mitie Group’s balance sheet and accelerate partial repayment of the deficit under the Mitie Group’s defined benefit pension scheme, with the balance being reinvested in core businesses.

Mitie Pest reported profits before tax of £2.0 million for the financial year ended 31st March 2018. At a balance sheet date of 31st March 2018, Mitie Pest had gross assets of £8.7 million. The company continues to grow and the forecast earnings before interest and tax are expected to be £2.4 million.

Phil Bentley, Chief Executive Officer, Mitie, commented, “Historically, Mitie has worked with preferred partners to deliver certain specialist services for our clients. By teaming up with Rentokil Initial – the UK’s largest provider of pest services – we free up funds to invest in our core businesses, whilst ensuring service quality and innovation are maintained for our clients.”

Mitie Pest’s Interim Managing Director Andy Halsall will continue his role with the company for a period, to ensure a smooth transition of the business from Mitie to Rentokil and ensure continuity of service for Mitie’s customers.

Mitie has separately entered into a preferred supplier partnership with Rentokil, covering a range of services (including pest services) provided as part of an integrated facilities management offering to Mitie’s customers.

  • Bayer licenses Genedata Selector®

Bayer and Genedata, a provider of advanced software solutions for life science research and development, today announced the extension of their long-term partnership. Genedata supports Bayer’s Crop Science Division to digitalize the R&D processes and this extended partnership now includes a license to the Genedata Selector platform to support Bayer’s global discovery process and data management efforts. Genedata will be supporting Bayer in the processing, storing, analysis and evaluation of genomic data for the development of new innovative fungicides against field fungi.

“The intelligent organization of large data volume is central to successful research and development of new crop protection products,” says Dr. Michael Edmund Beck, Principal Scientist & Head of Computational Life Science for R&D Small Molecules at Bayer. “I like to compare Genedata’s work with the structured organization of a library in which you can easily and quickly find the book you are looking for,” Beck adds. “Our many years of experience in working together so far have been very positive.”

“We are excited that Bayer has extended its partnership with Genedata Selector to support the digitalization of its R&D processes,” said Dr Othmar Pfannes, CEO of Genedata. “Genedata remains very committed to supporting innovative leaders in Agroscience, like Bayer, with its scalable and integrated bioinformatics platforms.”

For over a decade, Genedata and Bayer have had a professional relationship. NGS (Next-Generation Sequencing), microarray and other high throughput omics technologies have been used to overcome traditional low-throughput science in plant physiology and Genedata has been the leading enterprise software platform for the management of this information.

The complexity of research for agrochemical companies is born from the number of species, genomes and related information needed for the discovery of new crop protection solutions. It is claimed the use of Genedata Selector will enable Bayer to provide global data access to its scientists as an entry point to collaborate, harmonize and streamline processes toward finding innovative solutions.

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Published in International Pest Control – September/October 2018 issue

Category: Company news, Uncategorized

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