CNH Adds Track Manufacturer

By Mike Osenga05 November 2019

A day after announcing its purchase of Australian implement manufacturer K-Line Ag, CNH Industrial N.V. has made another move in agricultural components announcing its agreement to acquire ATI Inc., a global manufacturer of rubber track systems for high horsepower tractors and combine harvesters. The acquisition includes ATI Track Systems’ engineering and manufacturing plant in Mt. Vernon, Ind.

CNH Industrial has had a commercial supply agreement with ATI Track Systems dating back to 2012. Tracks are currently fitted to the New Holland T9 articulated tractor range. Following the acquisition, the track systems will be available on Case IH and New Holland combines produced at the company’s Grand Island, Neb, U.S.A. facility starting in 2020, and will also be available for retrofit.

“The acquisition of ATI Track Systems forms part of CNH Industrial’s strategic acquisition program to drive consolidation in the agricultural segment,” said Hubertus Mühlhäuser, chief executive officer, CNH Industrial. “This latest addition to the CNH Industrial agricultural portfolio will provide professional agribusinesses with multi-patented, industry-leading track technology, will further cement CNH Industrial’s track-leadership position.”

Headquartered in Mount Vernon, ATI Inc. was established in 1997 and initially specialized in rubber tracks used for seismic exploration on Alaska’s North Slope, following which the company extended this technology to a range of agricultural tracks.

The closing of this transaction is subject to various customary conditions precedent. Considering the already announced acquisitions of AgDNA and K-Line (expected to be consummated by the end of the year), the aggregate consideration related to M&A activity in the Agricultural Segment for these three transactions will be approximately equal to $85 million.

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