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1985 - New orbit

Growing orbit…

1985 FMC managers meet in Scottsdale, Arizona, and unveil a new, corporate wide objective-"becoming our customers' most valued supplier." The company acquires Lithium Corp. of America, world's largest producer of lithium, used in batteries, pharmaceuticals, lubricants, high-strength plastics and high-purity silicon computer chips.

1986 Financial restructuring takes place with a recapitalization that increases employee stock ownership to 36 percent from 10 percent. FMC introduces Command soybean herbicide.

1987 The company introduces Pulp-Brite for increasing the brightness of paper pulp; Cynoff insecticide; and Dragnet termiticide.  

1988 International sales of agricultural chemicals top $200 million. The company gains registration for use of Capture insecticide-miticide on cotton in the U.S.  

1989 Asia Lithium Corp., a joint venture, builds facility in Japan to process lithium chloride from Bessemer City, N.C. FMC introduces konjac food additive.

1990 FMC introduces Avicel formulations for low-fat and no-fat foods. The company updates the environmental policy. A hydrogen peroxide plant is opened in Prince George, British Columbia, to serve western Canada. 

1991 President Bob Burt is elected chairman and CEO upon Bob Malott's retirement in October. FMC commits to voluntarily reducing environmental releases of 17 priority substances by 50 percent by 1995. The company opens a carrageenan plant in Cork, Ireland.

1992 Sales reach $4 billion. EPA approves use of Rugby insecticide/nematicide on imported bananas and Fury pyrethroid insecticide on cotton. Talstar insecticide-nematicide is registered in Japan.

1993 FMC forms joint venture with P.T. Bina Guna Kimia for agricultural chemicals in Indonesia. FMC introduces AviSphere, pharmaceutical time-release applications.

1994 FMC develops new lithium resource in Argentina. The company forms agricultural products joint venture in China, and energy equipment joint ventures in Russia and Oman. A hydrogen peroxide plant is built in Delfzijl, Netherlands.