Bayer Cropscience Limited deals in agricultural pest control. Incorporated in 1958, the company was converted into a public limited company on Dec. 28, 1996. The company is the Indian subsidiary of Bayer Germany (a diversified international chemical and healthcare company). The chairman of the company is Vijay Mallya and Stephan Gerlich, the vice chairman and managing director. The company develops and markets fungicides, insecticides, herbicides, and seed treatment products. The company offers solutions for control of pests and weeds to professional users and consumers. It uses plant biotechnology and breeding to offer solutions for agriculture, nutrition, health and biomaterials. The company has production facilities in Thane, Himatnagar and Ankleshwar. Bayer CropScience is integrating its seed business with the existing crop protection business. The Proagro group, a part of the Bayer group, currently carries out the seed business and the company would seek necessary approvals for the integration. Given Bayer`s range of products, the company has managed to stay in the forefront of the Indian crop protection industry. Bayer has entered into supply agreements with leading pest control companies with a view to retain and consolidate its leadership position. Bayer plans to introduce 10 further substances by 2011. It also desires to expand its environmental science, seed treatment and plant biotechnology franchises. The registered office is at Bayer House, Central Avenue, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai-400076.