Our history

Key dates

1994

Jean-Paul Simmler creates SBM

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1994
Jean-Paul Simmler creates SBM

Jean-Paul Simmler creates the company SBM Développement and acquires a production site belonging to Rhône Poulenc Agrochimie at the time, creating a partnership with the site employees. This entity, specialized in the formulation and the packaging of plant protection products for the agricultural market, is located at Béziers. SBM is born, and the adventure begins…

1995

SBM extends to crop protection

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1995
SBM extends to crop protection

To contribute to warehouse volumes, the decision is taken to create a range of products for crop protection.

1996

Creation of Novajardin

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1996
Creation of Novajardin

In the same spirit, SBM expands into the garden world by engaging in the distribution of public products with the creation of NovaJardin.

1999

Creation of IRIS

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1999
Creation of IRIS

To satisfy the growing needs of the garden sector, the group strengthens itself thanks to the acquisition of a production site specialised in the packaging of small packages: IRIS.

2000

SBM purchases AgrEvo ProdeTech

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2000
SBM purchases AgrEvo ProdeTech

SBM purchases the industrial unit AgrEvo ProdeTech, specialized in the formulation of insecticides in Marseilles, and doubles their revenue and their workforce.

2001

SBM buys Solabiol

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2001
SBM buys Solabiol

Anticipating the evolution of the natural products market, SBM purchases the garden activity of the Samabiol company as well as the Solabiol brand, expert in natural products. This operation allows this new range to benefit from the comprehensive expertise of the group in terms of testing, registration, manufacture and product launching.

Through this acquisition, SBM will become the first major player in the garden sector to bet on the natural way in France.

2002

Creation of CMPA

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2002
Creation of CMPA

SBM buys an insecticide molecule from Bayer, cypermethrin, for which it obtains European level registration in 2006.

SBM creates CMPA in order to market this range on the agricultural market, in Europe and in North Africa. This molecule will also be developed on the garden market.

2007

Closure of the Marseille production site

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2007
Closure of the Marseille production site

Production at the Marseille factory is stopped definitively.

2009

Launch of Belem®

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2009
Launch of Belem®

CMPA launches Belem®, first non-systemic soil insecticide granule with a cypermethrin base, registered for corn and sunflowers. It proves to be a success!

2011

Acquisition of Caussade

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2011
Acquisition of Caussade

To strengthen their position on the market, NovaJardin expands their offer with the acquisition of Caussade, specialised in consumer pest control (rat poison, rodenticide and household insecticides). This acquisition softens the dependency of seasonality linked to garden operations and to arrive on a new market: home protection.

The management of this entity is entrusted to Alexandre Simmler.

2013

SBM extends to Aromatherapy

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2013
SBM extends to Aromatherapy

SBM adds essential oils to their range of activities by purchasing the Laboratoire de Combe d’Ase (LCA), specialist in aromatherapy.

2016

SBM purchases Bayer Advanced and Bayer Jardin

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2016
SBM purchases Bayer Advanced and Bayer Jardin

SBM creates a stir by purchasing Bayer Jardin/Garden in Europe and Bayer Advanced in the United States. In France, the merger of Bayer Jardin and NovaJardin gives life to SBM Life Science on 5 October 2016.

The new activity of the group is launched among the major world players of this market, allowing the SBM group to triple their revenue and to double their workforce. The doors of the European and American markets open…

In November 2016, the group joins forces with the French Institute of Science and Environment Ecology (iEES) of the University Pierre et Marie Curie de Paris to create a common R&D platform for the identification of active biocontrol substances.

2017

Shares taken in specialized laboratory for biocontrol Germe SA

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2017
Shares taken in specialized laboratory for biocontrol Germe SA

SBM acquires shares in Germe SA a laboratory specialized in biotechnology and microbiology.

The laboratory’s know-how applied to biocontrol and biostimulant products strengthens and diversifies our expertise while supporting Solabiol in the sector of natural products.

2017

Acquisition of the Pasadena plant

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2017
Acquisition of the Pasadena plant

SBM strengthens its presence in the US by purchasing from Bayer its
formulation and packaging site in Pasadena, Texas, demonstrating to their customers it integration throughout the entirety of the value chain.

2017

Agreement with Valagro

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2017
Agreement with Valagro

SBM Life Science signs an agreement with Valagro and becomes owner of several leading brands in garden products and will market hundreds of references on the European and American markets.

2018

Opening of a new Research and Development Center in Illinois

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2018
Opening of a new Research and Development Center in Illinois

SBM Life Science continues expanding its North American operations with the completion of its first U.S.-based field research station in White Heath, Illinois.

2018

Launch of a joint laboratory SBM Company/ University of Sorbonne

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2018
Launch of a joint laboratory SBM Company/ University of Sorbonne

SBM Company and the University of Sorbonne combine their expertise and inaugurate NatInControl, a research project established to identify and develop new biocontrol solutions efficient for plant protection against pests.

An integrated group

For more than 20 years, thanks to the cross-subsidise of our activities on the Consumer and Professional markets,
we have a wealth of expertise, which is extensive and varied, from the conception of products to their distribution.

An integrated functioning which is well-tried, and which is today recognised and appreciated by our partners.
The later trusts us for the comprehensive expertise of our collaborators,
and our aptitude for always aligning our offers with the needs of the market.

 

 

  • Innovation and research
  • Formulation and development
  • Registration
  • Production : formulation and packaging
  • Marketing

A committed group

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An international group

with a global expertise