Trimble recently inked an agreement to acquire Müller-Elektronik, a German company specializing in implement control and precision farming solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed. Founded in 1977 and now with more than 375 employees, Müller is a pioneer in precision farming, known for developing, producing and selling Electronic Control Units (ECUs) and embedded software that provides vehicle and implement control for tractors, combine harvesters, field sprayers, drill machines, seeders, spreaders and slurry tankers to improve the management of inputs such as seed, fertilizer and pesticides. Müller was a key contributor in the development of the ISOBUS communication protocol, which allows agricultural machinery and equipment to communicate regardless of the manufacturer.
Combining the technology of Trimble and Müller will lead to new solutions for farmers who struggle to integrate and use disparate hardware and software products. In addition, this acquisition of Müller will help create an environment where farmers, advisors, and retailers can build solutions through combined technologies.
"Our planned acquisition of Müller-Elektronik recognizes the growing importance of the implement in variable rate application solutions as well as the importance of an integrated platform that is agnostic to equipment brand," said Darryl Matthews, Trimble senior vice president. "Müller's ISOBUS solutions are already compatible with a significant range of equipment manufacturers. This capability, together with existing Trimble competencies, will enable us to expand our role in the growing market for variable rate applications. We plan to continue to fully support existing Müller customers and partners."