Arysta LifeScience Corporation Completes Acquisition of Grupo Bioquimico Mexicano, S.A. de C.V. (GBM)

Tokyo (12 Nov. 2007) - Arysta LifeScience Corporation today reported that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Grupo Bioquímico Mexicano, S.A. de C.V. (GBM), the leading Mexican manufacturer and marketer of inputs for the fruit and vegetable market. The purchase includes GBM and its subsidiaries, affiliated real estate and employee service companies, as well as its formulation and manufacturing facilities in Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, Mexico.

“GBM has focused on innovative high-value products in the growing horticulture market segment,” said Chris Richards, president and CEO, Arysta LifeScience. “By combining the global strength of Arysta LifeScience with GBM’s outstanding product line and marketing expertise, growers in Mexico, Central and South America and other targeted regions around the world will have access to new, innovative products and services that will help them manage their businesses more effectively. This acquisition is an important step in the development of the Arysta LifeScience global business in horticulture, which is one of our key focus markets.” Both companies have agreed not to disclose the financial details of the transaction.

  About GBM  

GBM is the Mexican market leader in supplying inputs to fruit and vegetable growers. With headquarters in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico, GBM specializes in plant growth regulators, nutrition enhancers, foliar fertilizers and crop protection products. The company was founded in 1974 by Cesar H. Cantú Benavides, and has grown to 226 full-time employees, including 51 Mexican sales positions. GBM’s sales efforts are focused in Mexico, Central America and South America, with a small export business to Europe. The company also distributes third-party agrochemical products, both to distributors and through its retail operation business, Promotora, in Northern Mexico. More information on the company is available at:

About Arysta LifeScience Corporation

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Arysta LifeScience is the world’s largest privately held crop protection and life science company with 2006 revenues of ¥124.1 billion (US$1 billion). An entrepreneurial provider of crop protection and life science products in more than 125 countries worldwide, Arysta LifeScience specializes in marketing and distribution of respected crop protection brands and life science products in harmony with the needs of global partners. More information on the company is available at: For more information, please contact: Contact:

Linda Frerichs
Global Communications Head
Arysta LifeScience North America Corporation
Tel: +1-919-678-4948