Sumitomo Chemical and Nufarm Limited Sign Agreement on New Fungicide Solutions for Germany, the United Kingdom and Poland.

27 September 2018 Sumitomo Chemical and Nufarm Limited announced today that both companies have signed an agreement on the novel fungicide compound ‘metyltetraprole,’ for key European markets.

This new compound for disease control in cereals, discovered by Sumitomo Chemical, will be trademarked “Pavecto®.” Both companies have agreed to explore distribution of Sumitomo Chemical’s Pavecto®-based solutions for Germany, the United Kingdom and Poland.

These solutions will consist of Pavecto® based products in combination with Nufarm’s existing fungicide portfolio. Following regulatory approval, the companies plan to introduce these innovative fungicide solutions starting in 2022, and expect that they will play an important role in European cereal production.

“Sumitomo Chemical’s Pavecto® products, together with Nufarm’s existing fungicide portfolio, will provide new solutions and technologies for the market”, said Andrea Barella, General Manager of Europe, Middle East, and Africa at Sumitomo Chemical Agro Europe S.A.S. “Pavecto® will complement Nufarm’s fungicide portfolio and play an important role in resistance management by providing growers an innovative tool to protect their crops and secure yields.”

“This agreement marks a further milestone of the successful collaboration between Sumitomo Chemical and Nufarm,” added Hugo Schweers, Executive General Manager Europe, Middle East, and Africa at Nufarm. Both companies have been collaborating in the sale of crop protection products since 2010.

Pavecto® exhibits efficacy against various pathogens, including those pathogens that have developed resistance towards the strobilurin-based fungicides currently available on the market. It belongs to a group of fungicides known as Quinone outside Inhibitors (QoI), and with the chemical structure tetrazolinone, represents novel chemistry in this group. Pavecto® is highly effective for the control of a broad range of diseases, including Septoria leaf blotch in wheat.


About Sumitomo Chemical Company Limited

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Sumitomo Chemical is one of Japan’s leading chemical companies, offering a diverse range of products globally in the fields of petrochemicals, energy and functional materials, IT-related chemicals and materials, health and crop science products, and pharmaceuticals. The company’s consolidated sales revenue for fiscal year 2017 was JPY 2.2 trillion. For additional information, visit the company’s website at

 About Nufarm

Nufarm Limited is one of the world’s leading crop protection and specialist seeds companies. We produce products to help farmers protect their crops against damage caused by weeds, pests and disease. With manufacturing and marketing operations based in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and the Americas, Nufarm employs more than 3,100 people, all of whom make a vital contribution to the company’s reputation for quality products, innovation and first-class marketing and technical support. Nufarm is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (symbol NUF) and its head office is located at Laverton in Melbourne.


Nufarm Europe GmbH

Christian Haschka

Communications Manager Europe

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Sumitomo Chemical Agro Europe S.A.S.

Cyrille Tardy

Marketing & Development Director EMEA

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