Arysta expands global specialty crops portfolio: Buys Enzone®, a soil fumigant, from DuPont

TOKYO, October 27 – Arysta LifeScience Corporation has unveiled a significant addition to its growing portfolio of products for the global specialty crops sector.

The company announced the worldwide acquisition of Enzone®, a soil fumigant. The transaction, effective September 29, 2004, and expected to be completed by year’s end, involved Arysta’s Calliope SAS (France) subsidiary and Entek Corporation, a wholly owned affiliate of DuPont.

This is the second significant purchase for Arysta in recent weeks. Yesterday, the company announced it had entered into an agreement to acquire main agricultural chemical assets of Monsanto’s Chile-based Moviagro subsidiary.

Enzone® (Sodium Tetrathiocarbonate) is a patent protected soil fungicide and nematicide, used to control Phylloxera and Armillaria on grapes, Phytophthora on citrus and a wide range of plant parasitic nematodes on high value perennial crops such as trees, fruits and vines.

Enzone® is currently registered in the U.S., Spain, France, Greece, Chile, New Zealand and Morocco. Its annual global sales revenue is approximately US$4 million at the dealer level, with the USA, Spain and France accounting for the majority of the revenue.

According to Arysta’s President and CEO Dr. Christopher Richards, the Enzone® acquisition is in line with Arysta’s new strategic focus.

“Arysta has ambitious growth plans. The addition of Enzone® advances our position on several levels,” says Dr. Richards. “First, it broadens Arysta’s specialty crops portfolio, our global focus, and complements our soil fumigant Midas (Iodomethane). Second, Enzone®’s international strength complements and enhances our global reach. Third, it highlights our strategy of growing through the acquisition of carefully selected products.”

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Arysta is an entrepreneurial provider of crop protection and life science products worldwide. The company is growing by building a world class business in the development, marketing and distribution of respected crop protection brands and an intimate understanding of the needs of global producers. For further information about Arysta LifeScience Corporation, see:

For more information on Arysta LifeScience Corporation, please contact:

Elin Miller
Phone +1 415 536 3460
Fax +1 415 283 9883

For more information on Entek/DuPont, please contact:
Jim Bearden
Phone +1 229 293 4155
Fax +1 229 249 5980

For more information on Enzone®, please contact:
Nicolas Ferenczi
Phone +33 559 60 92 91
Fax +33 5 59 60 92 19