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Valent introduces new unit

February 9, 2010  ByMarg Land


February 5, 2010, Walnut
Creek, CA – Valent U.S.A. Corporation recently announced the formation of a new
Biorational Business Unit — a team focused on delivering effective biorational
crop protection and crop enhancement products to Valent customers.

February 5, 2010, Walnut
Creek, CA – Valent U.S.A. Corporation recently announced the formation of a new
Biorational Business Unit — a team focused on delivering effective biorational
crop protection and crop enhancement products to Valent customers.

Company officials said
the dedicated biorational group is designed to meet increasing customer demand
and to take advantage of corporate synergies as part of the Region Americas
group of parent company Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited (SCC).

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“The creation of our
Biorational Business Unit represents a dramatic new approach to how Valent
serves its customers,” said Jim Blome, Valent executive vice president and
chief operating officer. “SCC and Valent are uniquely positioned in this
industry with a focus on both biorational and traditional products for
sustainable agriculture. This focus ultimately means a more complete portfolio
of products and support to meet our customers’ individual needs — be they
traditional, biorational or a combination of both.”

Currently, Valent is the
exclusive marketer in North America of all crop protection and crop enhancement
products of Valent BioSciences Corporation (VBC). According to Eric Tamichi,
the new manager of the Valent Biorational Business Unit, Valent will continue
to provide VBC products to current customers, but with an even stronger focus
and increased collaboration with VBC on support and new technologies.

“This new, focused
business unit gives the Valent customer base access to VBC technology and
technical support in a focused and streamlined way,” Tamichi said. “It’s great
to be able to provide information and best practices to our customers based on
VBC’s global footprint, and to best meet the needs of our customers.”

Tamichi was most
recently the Canadian country manager of the company’s Valent Canada crop and
professional products operations, where he oversaw the launch of the overall
business unit and several key products. He also has a 13-year history with
Valent in a variety of research and business development leadership roles.

The new group also will
work with existing Valent sales operations to provide biorational-specific
information and assistance to Valent customers via their current sales
representatives.


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