Kumiai Chemical Industry is a R&D-focused agrochemical manufacturing and marketing company, with a large proportion of herbicides in sales. The company develops active ingredients for agrochemicals in-house, which it formulates and markets. It is Japan’s fifth-largest producer of formulations by shipment value. The company is one of the largest agrochemical producers affiliated with Japan’s National Federation of Agricultural Co-operative Associations (Zen-Noh). This and other agricultural cooperatives provide a strong sales route and access to farmers.