Global news: Lemken to acquire Equalizer

Lemken will acquire South African company Equalizer in a move it says will expand its product offering without overlap

Equalizer seed drill with air cart

Lemken’s product range is set to grow after the manufacturer announced it has acquired South African company Equalizer.

The purchase means Lemken will expand its seeding offering to customers, thanks to Equalizer’s precision planter range.

The South African company makes precision planters with up to 36 rows and seed drills with a working width of up to 24 metres.

Equalizer’s products focus on minimal ground disturbance to no-till farming and Lemken CEO Anthony van der Ley says they complement the seed drills already offered in Lemken’s range.

"There’s no overlap in our portfolios," he says. "Equalizer offers solutions for customers and markets that Lemken has not been able to serve so far.

"In terms of our growth strategy, the Equalizer planters and seeders – also in combination with air carts – close a current gap in our product range."

Lemken CEO Anthony van der Ley, owner Nicola Lemken and Equalizer managing director Gideon Schreuder

Equalizer was founded in the South African city of Cape Town in 2000 and says Australia is its most important export market.

Its brand name will be preserved as part of the acquisition, while the South African staff will be retained, and current management will run the company as an independent subsidiary.

"We see great potential for new products with Lemken on our side, and we look forward to our future collaboration," Equalizer founder and managing director Gideon Schreuder says. "At the same time, we’re proud that this agreement reaffirms the success and hard work of the entire Equalizer team and our local dealers over the past 22 years."

Lemken says one example of the company’s offerings working together is in precision seeding, with its Delta-Row technology complemented by Equalizer’s single-row technology.

The acquisition is expected to be completed by mid-year, with the first major project to be an "extensive expansion of spare parts logistics in 2023."

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