AGCO acquires Winnipeg-based agricultural electronics and automation developer, JCA Industries

Darcy Cook of JCA and the DOT Power Platform at Ag in Motion in 2017 (file photo).

AGCO says it has acquired JCA Industries, Inc., a Manitoba-based company that develops software and electronic systems to control and automate tractors and agricultural machines.

Headquartered in Winnipeg, JCA has worked behind-the-scenes with many agricultural equipment manufacturers on their electronic designs in the past, including projects focused on automation and robotics. For example, JCA worked on the internal electronics of the original DOT autonomous power platform (pictured above), which was later acquired by Raven Industries and renamed OmniPower — now part of the CNH family.

“The purchase of JCA is another important addition to our precision agriculture capabilities,” stated Eric Hansotia, AGCO’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, in a May 2 news release. “JCA is one of the most advanced developers of autonomous machine technologies for off-road OEMs, and this acquisition will accelerate AGCO’s delivery of machine automation and autonomous systems that improve farmer productivity.”

Further details around the deal were not disclosed.

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