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Certis Europe acquires Luxan

The acquisition of Luxan will contribute further to the rapid growth of Certis Europe in line with its strategic focus in the speciality and high value crop sectors.

Certis Europe BV has arrived at a new milestone in its growth plans with the announcement that it has reached agreement with Luxan BV, Luxan UK Ltd. and Cebeco Groep BV to acquire the assets and goodwill of the Luxan market division.   This will involve a number of key products as well as the transfer of staff from Luxan.

The acquisition will contribute further to the rapid growth of Certis Europe in line with our strategic focus in the speciality and high value crop sectors.  It will reinforce Certis’s position as a major player in the Dutch market and will build on our position as a major supplier to the commercial horticulture and high value speciality markets in the UK.  It will also make a valuable contribution to the expanding Certis operations in Belgium, France, Portugal and Spain, as well as emerging business in Germany, Poland and other Central and eastern European countries.

The Luxan product range fits well with Certis’s strategy and market position.  The core product, CIPC, will strengthen our position in potatoes, a key strategic crop for Certis.   It will complement other recent additions to the Certis portfolio, including imazalil and Valbon, building a very strong platform in this crop sector.  Many of the other Luxan products have a good fit in the fruit and vegetable markets, which are also key targets for Certis Europe’s growth.

Certis Europe’s CEO, Bob Skillicorn says, “We are pleased to have concluded this agreement.  The acquisition is very positive for our business and will help us to meet our shareholders’ expectations of rapid and sustainable growth.  The products we are acquiring are an excellent fit with the Certis image and position.  We are also pleased to welcome Luxan staff to our organisation.   Their skills and experience will enhance our competitiveness and capabilities in a challenging market environment.”