New Crop Protection Company Created - Certis USA With Mitsui Purchase of Thermo Trilogy Corporation Assets

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Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Mitsui & Co. Ltd.

    NEW YORK, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsui & Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq:   MITSY) of
 Japan today, through a wholly owned subsidiary, entered the U.S. crop
 protection market and expanded its global Agri-Science operation by completing
 the purchase of Thermo Trilogy Corporation assets from Thermo Electron
 Corporation.
     The new company is called Certis USA.  It is a leading manufacturer of
 environmentally friendly crop protection products.
     "This important acquisition furthers our goal of becoming a leading
 supplier of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) solutions for high-value
 specialty crops," said Osamu Noda, general manager of Agri Sciences for
 Mitsui.
     The acquisition includes production facilities in Wasco, CA, Decatur, IL
 and Cardiff, UK.  Certis headquarters will remain in Columbia, MD.
     Annual sales of the new Certis operation are approximately $30 million.
 It is a leading producer of foliar Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt)
 bioinsecticides, neem-based botanical biopesticides, and beneficial viruses,
 nematodes and pheromones.  It has a major presence in the vegetable, tree
 fruit, nut, grape, citrus and mushroom markets, for both conventionally and
 organically grown crops.
     The company's products are sold under the brands Agree(R), Deliver(R),
 Javelin(R), Thuricide(R) and Teknar(R) Bt bioinsecticides; Azatin(R) and
 Neemix(R) botanical insect growth regulators; Trilogy(R) botanical
 fungicide/miticide; and BioVector(R) insecticidal nematode.
     Japan's largest trading company, Mitsui has worldwide annual sales of
 $130 billion and operates diversified businesses in more than 90 countries.
 Global crop protection sales now approach $400 million annually.  Mitsui
 markets and distributes an array of crop protection products and services
 directly and through its European, Japanese, African and now U.S. marketing
 subsidiaries.
 
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 risks and uncertainties.  A full discussion of the company's operations and
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 prospects is contained in documents that the company files with the U.S.
 Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), such as its annual report on forms
 10-K.
 
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    NEW YORK, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsui & Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq:   MITSY) of
 Japan today, through a wholly owned subsidiary, entered the U.S. crop
 protection market and expanded its global Agri-Science operation by completing
 the purchase of Thermo Trilogy Corporation assets from Thermo Electron
 Corporation.
     The new company is called Certis USA.  It is a leading manufacturer of
 environmentally friendly crop protection products.
     "This important acquisition furthers our goal of becoming a leading
 supplier of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) solutions for high-value
 specialty crops," said Osamu Noda, general manager of Agri Sciences for
 Mitsui.
     The acquisition includes production facilities in Wasco, CA, Decatur, IL
 and Cardiff, UK.  Certis headquarters will remain in Columbia, MD.
     Annual sales of the new Certis operation are approximately $30 million.
 It is a leading producer of foliar Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt)
 bioinsecticides, neem-based botanical biopesticides, and beneficial viruses,
 nematodes and pheromones.  It has a major presence in the vegetable, tree
 fruit, nut, grape, citrus and mushroom markets, for both conventionally and
 organically grown crops.
     The company's products are sold under the brands Agree(R), Deliver(R),
 Javelin(R), Thuricide(R) and Teknar(R) Bt bioinsecticides; Azatin(R) and
 Neemix(R) botanical insect growth regulators; Trilogy(R) botanical
 fungicide/miticide; and BioVector(R) insecticidal nematode.
     Japan's largest trading company, Mitsui has worldwide annual sales of
 $130 billion and operates diversified businesses in more than 90 countries.
 Global crop protection sales now approach $400 million annually.  Mitsui
 markets and distributes an array of crop protection products and services
 directly and through its European, Japanese, African and now U.S. marketing
 subsidiaries.
 
     Safe Harbor Statement
     This news release may contain forward-looking statements that involve
 risks and uncertainties.  A full discussion of the company's operations and
 financial condition, including factors that may affect its business and future
 prospects is contained in documents that the company files with the U.S.
 Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), such as its annual report on forms
 10-K.
 
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