MOLINE, Ill. – Deere & Co. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire King Agro, a privately held manufacturer of carbon fiber technology products with headquarters in Valencia, Spain and a production facility in Campana, Argentina.
In 2015, John Deere and King Agro agreed to develop and distribute carbon fiber booms for John Deere application equipment in agriculture, offering growers the significant advantages of carbon fiber's versatility, strength and durability in self-propelled spraying equipment.
John May, Agricultural Solutions & Chief Information Officer at John Deere, said the transaction announced today will provide benefits in sharing best practices in product development, manufacturing, technology, as well as in scale as King Agro builds on a history of innovation.
King Agro has been a family-owned business with approximately 180 employees and an extensive 30-year history of developing various carbon fiber products. In agriculture, the company has targeted innovative designs that improve productivity and lower costs. King Agro will retain its brand name, trademark, and commercial relationships.