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Following an investment of over €8m, John Deere’s

partner company King Agro, recently opened a new

5,500 square metre facility for the production of

carbon fibre spray booms, at Picassen, near Valencia

in Spain. Employing around 100 people, this new

facility will utilize state of the art technologies to

produce up to 1800 carbon fibre booms each year.

Carbon Fibre booms offer some significant advantages

over steel or aluminium booms, including:

• 6-times stronger than steel for a longer working life

and low operating costs.

• Non-corrosive & not affected by fatigue, also

helping to prolong the working life.

• 5.5 times lighter than steel, contributing to lower

machine weight & less soil compaction.

• Low-inertia, enabling improved boom ride

performance, improved spray coverage & less drift.

Spray booms made with this high tech material

are already available on John Deere self-propelled

sprayers from the Des Moines (US) and Catalao

(Brazil) factories. Production of the R4050i sprayer,

exclusively available with carbon fibre booms, will

begin at the Horst factory in November 2017, again

emphasizing John Deere’s commitment to be the

technology leader in the crop spraying arena.

Speaking at the opening of the new plant, King

Agro President, Guillermo Mariani, said “Our goal

is to change the paradigm of steel in agricultural

machinery.

We believe that carbon fibre booms are just the

beginning of a trend that has innumerable advantages

linked to increased productivity, lower operating costs

and reduced soil compaction due to the lower weight

of equipment.“

CARBON FIBRE BOOM PARTNER KING AGRO

OPENS NEW PRODUCTION FACILITY

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