Robert's Rants
Robert's Rants
A personal blog on the Canadian pesticide industry and other pet peeves and interests

Another NPMA convention over….

I just got back from Boston where we attend the NPMA national convention, nice city supposedly if you get out of the convention center and hotel and meetings.  Will have to go back.  We did have a very nice dinner at the Harvard Club, and I am not saying that to boast, but simply because I was in awe of the people who have been through those walls and doors.  Portraits of great Americans such as John F. Kennedy and Olivia Wendell Holmes along with numerous others graced the walls.

Could not help but feel a sense of being overwhelmed by those great Americans,  the US history and the role Harvard has played.

Several Canadian companies and customers attended, was happy to see some old acquaintances.

The convention and exhibits had the usual cast of suppliers and vendors (hate that word for some reason) but didn’t really get a good feel for anything new and exciting for the Canadian market.  And even not a great deal coming for the US from what I could see.

Some of the new chemicals  were actually pre-mix or formulation changes, a few new bed bug gadgets, heat treatments and mattress casements, but nothing I would jump up and down over.

The exhibit hall was a bit funky being split down the middle with a concrete divider, kind of made the whole affair seem smaller or disorganized?  Might just be me…

Wish I had something great to launch for the market, no such luck.

I will say there was an added on “Business Management Institute” where you could enroll for a 10 hour marketing class taught by a Harvard professor, think it costs $100???  Only made the first day but worth every penny.

Hope this is a permanent fixture or expanded on with 2 different short course types.

I will scour the bushes for something new and exciting though…watch this space!

Product Approval Update:

Thought it might be a good time to give a short product update, as we did manage to get one product back into the market and a new product registered for use in the last few months.

So good news and bad news come together right?

Bordicate by FMC has now been classified/scheduled in Ontario so it is available throughout the country.  Boradicate is essentially the new name for Borid.  New name, new supplier, and white (not blue).  Almost like a new product but the label really hasn’t changed.

Quantum did receive full PMRA registration and now we are awaiting manufacture.  Looks like it will come in a 12 bottle case, but will go out in both case lots and as individual bottles.  Again, we are waiting for Ontario scheduling.  Production may take place this fall, and Gardex is the first in line with an order on the system.

Chlorfenapyr has me really excited, but delayed until sometime in 2013.  Maybe.  Known as Phantom in the US, this product has broad pest labeling, good residual and should be a great new tool.  Brought to you by BASF, the product will be trade named MYTHIC…weird name for a structural pest control product, but must be some reasoning behind it.

Another BASF chemistry is dinotefuron, sold as Alpine in the States (why do they get all the products???) and will probably have the same trade name here.

What else…

That looks like most of it for the time being…

Except I was just told I’m going to be a Grandpa for the second time.  Tough to get old!  And that’s the good news!