12/4/2003 - Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) and CNH Global N.V. (NYSE:CNH) announced that CNH will exclusively feature Trimble's Global Positioning System (GPS) based, automated steering systems on its agricultural tractors. Trimble and CNH will cooperate on the design and development of systems for the sub-inch and sub-four inch accuracy markets, which will be available as branded options for current production CNH tractors.
The GPS automated steering systems will initially be available for both New Holland brand TG and TJ tractors as well as Case IH MX Magnum and STX Steiger tractors. New tractors can be purchased with guidance capability. In addition, New Holland and Case IH dealers will be provided with aftermarket kits, which will enable them to retrofit existing current model New Holland and Case IH tractors in the field. To enable selected New Holland and Case IH dealers to service mixed fleets, dealers will be able to market and install Trimble branded AgGPS® Autopilot systems on other manufacturers' tractors and certain other agriculture equipment.
The customized automated steering systems will be based on Trimble's field-proven AgGPS Autopilot technology and co-developed according to specific New Holland and Case IH brand requirements. The vehicle guidance system connects to a tractor's steering system to automatically steer it in consistently straight rows for tilling, planting, seeding, spraying, cultivating and applying fertilizer. By utilizing inertial technology, the Trimble/CNH Automated Steering system also enables tractors to work in rolling terrain while retaining high accuracy. Automated steering saves time and reduces operating costs. It can reduce driver fatigue, eliminate guess rows, reduce compaction, cut fuel consumption and enable around-the-clock operation.
"CNH will continue to be at the forefront of the technology curve by providing brand-specific automated steering solutions on its New Holland and Case IH equipment," said Rich Christman, president, North America and Australia-New Zealand Agricultural Region. "We are pleased to announce this latest agreement with Trimble, the positioning technology leader, and look forward to a very successful strategic relationship."
"CNH and Trimble have realized success in the market place dating back to 1997. This strategic arrangement related to automated steering is a natural extension of our relationship," said Alan Townsend, vice president and general manager of Trimble's Field Solutions Division. "Agri-buinesses can gain an edge in today's competitive market place by automating many processes that have been executed manually. Over the past three years, customers who have adopted automated steering technology have realized significant benefits such as increased productivity, efficiency, precision, and reduced driver fatigue. By integrating the technology into the design of its agricultural equipment, CNH will offer its customers an innovative way to further enhance their productivity in the field."
Trimble and CNH have successfully worked together for more than six years. Trimble GPS was first used as part of Case IH's Advanced Farming System (AFS) line for yield monitoring in 1997. In early 2002, CNH added Trimble's AgGPS EZ-GuideTM system to its AFS line as a Case IH branded product for manual guidance of farm vehicles. The EZ-Guide system is also available for New Holland equipment.
CNH is the power behind leading agricultural and construction equipment brands of the Case and New Holland brand families. Supported by more than 12,000 dealers in more than 160 countries, CNH brings together the knowledge and heritage of its brands with the strength and resources of its worldwide commercial, industrial, product support and finance organizations.
More information about CNH and its products can be found on line at www.cnh.com.
Trimble is a leading innovator of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. In addition to providing advanced GPS components, Trimble augments GPS with other positioning technologies as well as wireless communications and software to create complete customer solutions. Trimble's worldwide presence and unique capabilities position the Company for growth in emerging applications including surveying, automobile navigation, machine guidance, asset tracking, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has more than 2,000 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
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