Hemisphere GPS Inc. (HEM.TO) and FOTON LOVOL International Heavy Industry Co. Ltd., today announced an original equipment manufacture or OEM alliance to launch Outback Guidance precision farming products in China.
Under the agreement, FOTON LOVOL is now offering Hemisphere GPS' Outback S3 guidance systems, eDriveX automated steering solutions and A220/A221RTK GPS products that combined, automatically steer farm vehicles at centimeter-level accuracy.
Steven Koles, president and CEO of Hemisphere GPS commented, "Aligning with a market leader like FOTON LOVOL is a turbo boost to our entry into the China market. There is a significant trend in China toward larger tractors and the implementation of advanced farming technology. Our Outback Guidance systems are a perfect tie-in with FOTON LOVOL's new higher horsepower tractors and significantly enhances our position in one of the world's largest agriculture markets."
Huiyan Meng, chief manager of Hydraulic and Electric Control, R&D Center at FOTON LOVOL, said, "The Outback Guidance products by Hemisphere GPS allow FOTON LOVOL to offer innovative automated steering solutions that will further enhance the performance of our tractors. The Chinese agricultural market will benefit from improved yields and lower costs through increased automation of farming practices."