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Combine Customers to Benefit From CNH Industrial Acquisition of ATI Track Systems
CNH Industrial has made an agreement to acquire a global manufacturer of rubber track systems, ATI Inc. ATI started in 1997 by making rubber tracks for seismic exploration in Alaska, and later expanded its use of the technology to a range of agricultural tracks.
Case IH says this acquisition will provide its customers access to the latest in track technology and allow them to tailor their choices based on flotation, suspension, and traction needs.
“The integration of ATI into CNH Industrial will augment the Case IH leadership position in track systems and technologies. Case IH will continue to provide our customers innovative products that build upon our history of enabling industry-leading productivity,” says Case IH brand president Brad Crews. “Case IH will develop an even stronger track technology portfolio and extend our track leadership position in the marketplace.”
Combine customers will benefit from an expanded track offering that includes PowerFlex Trax with TerraForm technology from ATI. The innovative suspension offers a better ride at transport speeds up to 25 mph.
“The road-following capability reduced heat and wear for unmatched longevity, and the higher transport speed reduces road time,” explains Sam Acker, global harvesting product lead. “In the field, PowerFlex Trax with TerraForm technology deliver a smooth ride on rough terrain, improving operator comfort, while also providing better header-to-ground-following performance, to maximize grain savings.”
The company says more flotation resulting in less ground compaction and flexibility in wet harvest seasons are also benefits of the tracks.
After the acquisition is complete, PowerFlex Trax with TerraForm technology are planned to be available on Case IH combines built in Grand Island, Nebraska, in late 2020. Retrofit kits will be available for the 2020 harvest season.