Self-propelled portfolio expands
With the acquisition of Artec, Kuhn is expanding its sprayer portfolio to compete in the already crowded Western European self-propelled sector.
Kuhn has held a minority stake in Artec since 2008 Kuhn, and at the 2011 Agritechnica show it announced an export partnership deal. Now, however, it has an agreement to buy the remaining shares of Artec, which is based in Corpe, in the Vendée region of France.
Artec was formed in 2005 and specialises in producing self-propelleds aimed at larger farms. It had a revenue of €19 million in 2017 and employs 60 people.
Its sprayers will continue to be sold under the Artec brand, in the same livery and by the existing dealer network, says Kuhn. But, it adds, as a result of the acquisition the Kuhn group will support its development in both French and International markets.
There is currently no information about if, or when, the sprayers will be sold in the UK.
Current Artec models
The F 40 offers a front mounted boom and cab, while the R 40 has a mid-mounted cab and rear boom fitting. Both offer a choice of 4,000 litre or 5,000 litre tanks and booms in widths from 24m to 50m and are powered by a 217hp or 250hp Deutz, six-cylinder engine with a two-speed hydromechanical transmission. An ‘H’ option provides variable track widths.
A smaller, lighter option is the RS20, which has a mid-mounted cab, fitted behind a short bonnet. Powered by a 180hp Volvo engine, it comes with the option of a 2,000 or 2,800 litre tank and with booms from 24m to 36m.