Crop protection product supplier Interfarm UK has rebranded under its parent company’s identity, and is now trading as Sumitomo Chemical (UK).

Interfarm UK was established in 2000 at March in Cambridgeshire, and has built a portfolio of major arable crop products alongside more specialist ones for top fruit, soft fruit and vegetables. It supplies distributors throughout the UK and Ireland. In 2007, the Japanese industrial group Sumitomo Chemical, a top ten global agchem player, acquired a majority stake in the Interfarm business.

Sumitomo, which had global agrochemical sales of $2.5 billion in 2017, has owned Valent Biosciences since 2000. This US business specialises in the R&D for biorational (environment and consumer-friendly) crop protection and enhancement products. In 2014, Valent expanded this side of its business through the acquisition of Mycorrhizal Applications, the Oregon-based business that harnesses fungal/plant root interactions to improve nutrient uptake and plant health.

“The future Sumitomo Chemical discovery pipeline is very exciting,” says Simon Leak, Sumitomo Chemical (UK)’s crop solutions business manager UK & Ireland. “A registration application in the EU for the first compound has already been submitted for the novel fungicide Pavecto. Sumitomo Chemical is going to be a key player in the crop protection market going forward.”