Deere to buy Argentinian sprayer and planter manufacturer PLA

A PLA sprayer on display at Agritechnica 2017 in Hanover, Germany.

Deere & Company has announced a deal to acquire PLA, an Argentina-based company that manufactures sprayers, planters and specialty equipment for agriculture.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“The PLA acquisition enhances John Deere’s commitment to customers as we continue to provide innovative, cost-effective equipment, technology, and services to improve their productivity,” said John May, President, Agricultural Solutions & Chief Information Officer at Deere.

PLA’s MAP 3 cuadrupla sprayer, featured at Agritechnica, has four tanks for different active ingredients and two spraying lines, one of which has weed-detecting technology for spot spraying, resulting in 23 possible spraying combinations.

PLA was founded in 1975 — the first company to make self-propelled sprayers in Latin America. The company has 450 employees and manufacturing facilities in Las Rosas, Argentina, and Canoas, Brazil.

It’s the third sprayer company acquisition for Deere in the last three years, as Deere acquired majority ownership in Iowa-based Hagie Manufacturing through a joint venture in 2016 and purchased Italian sprayer manufacturer Mazzotti in 2017.

Related: The Future of Hagie Sprayers With John Deere

 

Kelvin Heppner

Kelvin Heppner is a field editor and radio host for RealAgriculture and RealAg Radio. He's been reporting on agriculture on the prairies and across Canada since 2008(ish). He farms with his family near Altona, Manitoba, and is on Twitter at @realag_kelvin. @realag_kelvin

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