NÃO-ME-TOQUE, RIO GRANDE DO SUL, Brazil and HIAWATHA, KS, Nov. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - (TSX:AJX) AgJunction, a leading provider of innovative hardware and software solutions for precision agriculture today announced a new supply agreement and factory integration partnership with Stara S.A. Industria de Implementos Agricolas of Brazil.
Stara and AgJunction have signed an agreement to integrate AgJunction's newest and highest performing steering solution, eDrive ® XC with Stara's industry-leading precision terminal, the Topper 5500.
Introduced earlier this fall, the new eDrive XC hardware/software platform is engineered for compatibility with a wide variety of brands of tractors, sprayers, spreaders, and combines via hydraulic or electric steer interfaces. The system provides straight, contour, and circle pivot modes for maximum versatility and also supports automatic turn features.
"AgJunction and Stara have had a long and productive relationship spanning almost a decade," stated Rick Heiniger, President and CEO of AgJunction. "We are excited to begin the next stage of our relationship by supporting Stara's integration of high precision technologies within its leading brands."
Stara is a successful manufacturer of sprayers, spreaders, planters and precision farming solutions and has recently begun manufacturing a new line of tractors at its state of the art facility in Não-Me-Toque, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
The AgJunction and Stara OEM program will combine eDrive XC centimeter-level accuracy auto steer with the broad capability of the Topper 5500 precision terminal to create the Topper Driver X System, with the option of assembly line factory installation.
Stara customers increasingly require a high level of automated steering performance for the purpose of planting and precision nutrient placement. "Our customers expect the most accurate and reliable precision products for their operations," said Gilson Lari Trennepohl, President for Stara. "AgJunction was able to meet our requirements to integrate with the Topper 5500 while meeting the accuracy and performance requirements of our served markets."
About Stara S.A.
Headquartered in Não-Me-Toque, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, Stara S.A. is one of the world's largest agricultural equipment manufacturers. Since its inception in 1960, the company has evolved from assembly and maintenance of agricultural implements to offering an international manufacturing product portfolio including: precision farming, subsoil plows, sprayers, front agriculture loaders, seeders, spreaders, subsoil, carts and much more. Recently Stara has developed and is distributing worldwide a line of high capacity self-propelled sprayers, high precision seeders, and tractors with standard Precision Farming package. Through its philosophy of "Constant Evolution" Stara has become a world leader on high tech agricultural implements and vehicles.
AgJunction, Inc. provides innovative hardware and software applications for precision agriculture worldwide. The Company holds numerous patents and markets its products and services under leading brand names including Outback Guidance®, Satloc®, and AgJunction® Cloud Services. AgJunction supports advanced farming practices and enables seamless data connectivity among growers and their agricultural service providers. The Company is headquartered in Hiawatha, Kansas, with facilities in Arizona, Pennsylvania, Manitoba and Queensland, Australia. AgJunction is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol "AJX". For more information, please go to www.agjunction.com.
SOURCE: Agjunction Inc.
For further information: Cristiano Paim Buss, R&D Director, Stara S.A. Industria de Implementos Agricolas, Não-Me-Toque, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, [email protected], +55 54 3332 2800, Ext: 3500, Rick Heiniger, President & CEO, [email protected]; Cory Pala, Investor Relations, (416) 657-2400, 1-877-657-5276, [email protected]