Delair-Tech has announced the purchase of Gatewing, Trimble’s unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) business based in Belgium. Delair-Tech has also signed a strategic alliance agreement to partner with Trimble as its preferred provider of UAS solutions.

The move is a part of Delair-Tech’s aim to consolidate its position in the commercial UAS market.

“We are proud that Trimble has selected us to be their provider of fixed-wing drone systems,” says Michael de Lagarde, CEO of Delair-Tech. “We will continue to provide dedicated end-to-end solutions, from hardware to fully processed aerial data, which can then be turned into actionable business intelligence.”

The acquisition of Trimble’s Gatewing enables the companies to merge their teams and create synergy between their technologies and know-how. The deal is expected to strengthen the teams that design and produce Delair-Tech’s industrial mini drones with the inclusion of the technical staff based in Belgium. The company will also increase its total workforce to 100 employees.

Alongside the acquisition, Delair-Tech and microdrones have signed strategic commercial agreements with Trimble.

Delair-Tech is teaming up with microdrones, a long-established supplier of multirotor systems, to offer a comprehensive range of products. They will jointly become official suppliers for Trimble’s worldwide distribution network, which sells UAS and image-processing systems to the construction, agriculture, transport, geomatics and energy sectors.

“Trimble chose to partner with Delair-Tech and microdrones to strengthen our UAS portfolio,” says Ron Bisio, vice president of Trimble’s geospatial division. “Working together, Delair-Tech and microdrones will deliver industry-leading unmanned aircraft systems, while Trimble will focus on core software technology for UAS that integrates positioning, remote sensing and photogrammetry. The ultimate goal is to deliver a complete solution to transform work processes and boost efficiency for our customers.”

About Trimble
Trimble delivers products and services that connect the physical and digital worlds. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics enable customers to improve productivity, quality, safety and sustainability. From purpose-built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble software, and hardware serve industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation and logistics.

About microdrones
microdrones was founded in Germany in 2005, with the launch of groundbreaking unmanned aerial vehicles. As the pioneer of the professional quadcopter Industry, microdrones has developed solutions based on reliable VTOL drones, with a heritage of German engineering and quality.
By integrating the most capable and dependable platform with the right payloads and dedicated processing, microdrones has implemented professional solutions in Europe, Asia and North America. microdrones offers local sales, training and services centers across three continents, to serve customers around the world.

About Delair-Tech
Delair-Tech provides aerial-imagery-based data to help industries make informed decisions. A specialist in both long-range UAV manufacturing and data processing, Delair-Tech delivers end-to-end solutions, from data acquisition to business analysis. Created in 2011, Delair-Tech is represented in more than 80 countries and has more than 100 global employees with specialized solutions in various sectors, including: agriculture, geomatics, transport, electric power, oil and gas, mining, and security.