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
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
CARBON FIBRE BOOM PARTNER KING AGRO
OPENS NEW PRODUCTION FACILITY