Thursday, July 4, 2013

Trimble Navigation Limited acquires Loadrite Scales



Trimble (USA) - Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced that it has acquired privately-held Actronic Holdings Limited of Auckland, New Zealand. Actronic Technologies is a leading provider of weighing technology and payload information systems for construction, aggregates, mining and waste markets. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Actronic Technologies produces the industry leading LOADRITE® weighing system for wheel loaders, excavators, conveyors and waste collection vehicles. LOADRITE systems provide equipment operators, site foremen and project managers with accurate payload weights and allow them to ensure that machines are loaded to optimal capacity and that loads are accurately recorded. Weight information combined with fleet dynamics and cycle time tracking provides metrics for monitoring and improving both machine and project performance.

LOADRITE extends Trimble's Connected Site® portfolio by adding weight as an element of information collected at the machine. This extended capability will better enable contractors to use the Trimble Connected Site to achieve improved comprehensive real-time intelligence on asset and site productivity for the contractors mixed fleet. Trimble's Connected Site is an extensive information architecture that optimizes and integrates operations across the construction site and the office, thereby enabling improved planning, more advanced monitoring, and significantly greater productivity.

"The acquisition of Actronic Technologies empowers machine operators, foremen, supervisors and project managers to understand machine performance and progress across the entire site within the aggregate, construction, mining and waste industries," said Roz Buick, vice president and general manager of Trimble's Heavy Civil Construction Division. "LOADRITE weighing systems expand the richness of the Connected Site information we collect from machines and complements the productivity and reporting capabilities we already provide our customers."

"The LOADRITE system is widely recognized as setting the standard for our industry, a result of over thirty years industry expertise gained by working closely with machine owners and operators," said Gottfried Pausch, general manager for Actronic Technologies. "I believe the addition of the LOADRITE system to Trimble's leading portfolio of positioning and automation technology solutions extend our collective ability to deliver more powerful and robust solutions designed to improve operational efficiency and reporting and allow our customers to maximize their profits."

About Actronic Technologies
Since 1979, Actronic Technologies has been designing, developing and manufacturing applied technology solutions to improve productivity in the aggregates, mining, waste management, forestry, and other industries. Actronic Technologies is a leader in the field of measurement. LOADRITE load weighing technology and payload information systems are installed on wheel loaders, excavators, garbage trucks and other heavy loading equipment to ensure optimal loads, and provide quality data for productivity analysis.

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About Trimble
Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring positioning or location, including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user in the field and to ensure communication between the field and the office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.

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