As of May 1st, Austria-based Pessl Instruments has taken over Solentum’s farmer-targeted SolGrader and SolAntenna.
Shortly after Dutch potato Dutch breeding and trading company HZPC Holding B.V. decided to terminate the business activities of its wholly owned subsidiary Solentum B.V., it was announced that two farmer-targeted products of Solentum have been acquired by Pessl Instruments GmbH from Austria.
The acquisition by Pessl Instruments, which had already been working on digitalization of agriculture services with Solentum, concerns the products SolGrader and SolAntenna. Additionally, Solentum’s Managing Director Egbert Bakker will become Product-Sales Manager BeNeLux and Northern Europe and product specialist of Solentum’s products for Pessl Instruments. ‘Solentum B.V. and Pessl Instruments have been working together on digitalization of agriculture services since 2019. Pessl has acquired the SolGrader and SolAntenna based on that cooperation, to continue further product development. As HZPC, we are pleased with this agreement from several perspectives’, said Herman Verveld, commercial director at HZPC. ‘We are pleased that customers can continue to work with these products. Pessl Instruments has a good reputation and high international coverage. The company is a pioneer in digitalization with 36 years of experience in the development and sale of hardware and software products for the agricultural sector. This guarantees future innovations and improvements of Solentum products’, he continued.
According to CEO and founder Gottfried Pessl, the SolGrader and SolAntenna will fit perfectly into the existing hard- and software product lines of Pessl Instruments. ‘We offer our clients worldwide a comprehensive solution from the fields to the storage rooms. The SolGrader app will be used in combination with our weather stations, disease models, satellite images, portable nutrition and soil moisture sensors to estimate the calibration and yield in the fields. The SolAntenna is a very innovative and useful device to monitor temperature, relative humidity and CO2 in the storage rooms without electric infrastructure and alert the farmer when there is a problem in a particular area of the storage, in real time’, he explained. On Solentum’s website it is stated that its product SolEye will be serviced by HZPC for current customers, while the company searches for a partner for further development of this product.
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