Topcon Positioning Group has formed a new global organization, the Topcon Agriculture Group. The move aims to further incorporate Topcon’s precision agriculture business with recently acquired companies to create new connected field and farm management solutions for aftermarket and OEM customers.
Global headquarters of the new group is in Turin, Italy, with regional North American headquarters in Fort Atkinson, Wis. and regional APAC headquarters in Adelaide, Australia.
“With our recent acquisitions of Wachendorff Elektronik, Digi-Star, RDS Technology and NORAC we now have the most extensive offering of field and farm management solutions in our industry,” says Ray O’Connor, president and CEO of Topcon Positioning Group (TPG). “We will continue a strong focus on traditional field applications, but we now also have the sensors and software to provide comprehensive planning, process control, workflow monitoring and extensive reporting that will bring our customers the full advantages of connected farming with immediate positive effect on their productivity.”
The new global headquarters in Turin, Italy, is also a result of this added emphasis on connected farming. “Our telematics division — Tierra Telematics Design — has been located in Turin since 2008 and has had great success in both the construction and agricultural markets, particularly with important OEM clients,” says Ivan Di Federico, TPG chief strategy officer and chairman of Topcon Agriculture. “It is our objective to bring IoT (Internet of Things) solutions into the ag business that will link all the mechanics of farming to provide a workflow automation framework necessary to achieve sustainable and profitable agriculture.”
Fabio Isaia, the former Tierra CEO will become CEO of Topcon Agriculture. Wachendorff Elektronik, a global leader in the design and manufacturing of in-cab display for off-highway equipment located in Geisenheim, Germany, will expand its capabilities and become the primary manufacturing location for the entire Agriculture Group. Albert Zahalka, who has been president of Topcon Precision Agriculture since 2010, is now also COO of Topcon Agriculture.
About Topcon Positioning Group
Headquartered in Livermore, Calif., Topcon Positioning Group designs, manufactures and distributes precise positioning products and solutions for the global surveying, construction, agriculture, civil engineering, BIM, mapping and GIS, asset management and mobile control markets. Brands include Topcon, Sokkia, Tierra, Wachendorff Elektronik, Digi-Star and 2LS. Parent Topcon Corporation, founded in 1932, is traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.