Dow divests DNA selective herbicides to Gowan

The Gowan Company is to acquire Dow AgroSciences’ portfolio of selective pre-emergence herbicide products based on the dinitroaniline (DNA) active ingredient. The transaction between the two US-based companies is expected to close by the end of this year, but financial terms have not been revealed.

The deal includes global product registrations; trademarks including Treflan, Edge, Team, Bonalan and Sonalan plus intellectual property and labels for herbicides based on the molecules trifluralin, benfluralin and ethalfluralin.  Gowan will also gain a formulation and packaging facility in Alberta, Canada.

A spokesman says the dinitroaniline (DNA) herbicides involved in the deal are not currently approved in the UK, but Gowan will review the potential for the business once the acquisition is completed.

The DNA line has been around for more than 50 years, with current active registrations in 22 countries including the US, Canada, Japan, Australia, and parts of Europe. The active controls annual grasses and small seed broadleaved weeds in a range of crops including cereals, beans, oilseed rape, crucifers, cotton, cucurbits, and vegetables.

“We are enthusiastic to be able to acquire these proven products in this critical era for herbicide resistance management,” comments Juli Jessen, Gowan Group chief executive. “The products are particularly significant for us in Canada and Europe where our growing sales force is centred on extending the utility of herbicide programs.  We are grateful for the opportunity to defend and evolve the DNAs for niches that have long been our sweet spot, such as vegetables and turf. This move is part of Gowan’s continued efforts to deliver solid chemistry to help solve our customers’ needs.”

For Dow, vice president, crop protection Ramiro De La Cruz adds: “These products have been essential to modern weed control, and our sale of the DNA business doesn’t diminish this history as we look to the future and invest in innovative and differentiated products.”

Posted on December 3, 2015 and filed under Crop Protection Products, Company News.