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CNH Announces Acquisitions, Data Initiatives
CNH Industrial this week announced agreements to acquire Australian agricultural implement manufacturer K-Line Ag and rubber track system manufacturer ATI Inc. It also announced two data initiatives that will allow mixed-fleet precision agriculture connectivity between Case IH equipment and other brands.
K-Line Ag is the top Australian manufacturer of tillage equipment, designing products specifically for use in harsh soil conditions. The acquisition will add high-speed tillage and residue-management equipment to the Case IH line.
“There are a lot of products on the market today that go fast and do a great job on the surface. However, in numerous field studies, the Speedtiller from K-Line Ag was the only dual-season high-speed disk designed for deep and shallow settings that could deliver uniform results to depth and finish," said Rob Zemenchik, Case IH global marketing manager and certified agronomist. The Speedtiller will be added to the Case IH tillage line in 2020.
CNH has also entered into an agreement to acquire ATI Inc., a global manufacturer of rubber track systems for high-horsepower tractors and combines. The acquisition will allow Case IH customers to further tailor their choices based on flotation, suspension, and traction needs in order to minimize compaction and maximize traction in wet harvest conditions.
“In the field, PowerFlex Trax with TerraForm technology delivers a smooth ride on rough terrain, improving operator comfort, while also providing better header-to-ground following performance, to maximize grain savings,” said Sam Acker, Case IH global harvesting product lead.
Two data agreements were also announced by CNH this week. The company will join data interface project DataConnect, which will allow Case IH, STEYR, and New Holland equipment owners to exchange machine data with their Claas, John Deere, and 365FarmNet equipment. An agreement with universal data transfer hub DKE Agrirouter will enable customers to exchange task data between 17 OEM brands and more than 30 digital service providers.
“Our customers’ needs are diverse, but rapidly expanding digital features and simplifying data movement benefits them all equally,” said Morten Schmidt, the global leader of digital and precision solutions & telematics for agriculture at CNH Industrial.