Volcano Agroscience Ltd. Announces Opening of State-of-the-Art Production Facility in South Africa

Plant’s new liquid formulation technology will enhance application convenience and safety

PAU, FRANCE (13 September 2007) — Volcano Agroscience Ltd., a joint venture between Arysta LifeScience South Africa (Pty) Ltd. and Strand Agroscience Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd., recently celebrated the opening of a new liquid formulation plant in Canelands, just north of Durban.

Robert Maingard, chairman, Volcano Agroscience, said the new liquid formulation facility, which supplies domestic and export markets, will allow the company to more efficiently provide solutions to help customers foster business growth.

“This state-of-the-art facility is equipped to supply various global markets with high-quality products for many years,” Maingard said. “This announcement not only signifies the investments Volcano is making in advanced technology but also will enable our distribution partners to bring value to progressive agricultural production.”
Volcano is one of the leading suppliers of liquid and suspension concentrate crop protection products in South Africa.

The plant has received the prestigious ISO 9000 certification. ISO certification, which requires an independent third-party audit of all processes and documentation, is an esteemed mark and will assure customers that the new Volcano plant follows the highest standards for its assessments, audits and production.

The company also has received approval to install a new wettable dry granules production facility at the same location. The company’s new water-soluble granule technology offers farmers a combination of application convenience and enhanced application safety. A large percentage of the Volcano water-soluble granules are sold to sugarcane farmers who appreciate accurate per hectare application, reduced environmental impact and improved convenience in product storage, handling and container disposal.

“Our investment in the Canelands plant will not only strengthen our ability to help farmers in Africa, but also will enable us to utilize the distinctive business skills and experiences we’re gaining in South Africa to strengthen our global business,” said Eric Barbedette, head of Europe, Middle East and Africa for Arysta Lifescience.

Arysta LifeScience and Strand Investment Holdings entered their joint venture partnership with Volcano in 2005 to expand both companies’ influence in central and southern Africa.

"Working together, we are able to offer African farmers an array of products that advance their operations and improve their success," said Barbedette. “The new facility will allow us to better serve these farmers and to accelerate their access to leading technology.”

About Volcano Agroscience Ltd.

Volcano Agroscience Ltd. is a joint venture between Arysta LifeScience South Africa (Pty) Ltd. and Strand Agroscience Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd.


Linda Frerichs

Global Communications Head
Arysta LifeScience North America Corporation
Tel: +1-919-678-4948
Email: linda.frerichs@arystalifescience.com