12 June 1998

Case expands spray interest

NINE months after moving into crop protection in the UK by buying GEM Sprayers – now Case Sprayers Europe – Case has expanded its presence in this sector with the purchase of Tyler Industries.

The acquisition of Tyler, the third largest designer and maker of chemical and fertiliser sprayer applicators in the USA, enables Case to offer the "broadest sprayer range in the world". GEM gave Case mounted, trailed and small self-propelled sprayers, Tyler provides it with a wide range of larger self-propelled models.

The company intends to investigate technology exchanges between the two companies: Case Sprayers expertise in boom technology and its chemical delivery system, Tylers in axle suspension systems.

On the home front, Case Sprayers is offering an improved specification for its mounted GEM and Case Slim-line range. A clean water rinse system and in-cab pressure adjustment are now standard as is a 250 litres/min six-cylinder pump, in place of the 160 litre/min four cylinder unit.

Boom widths are from 12m to 24m with a choice of 1000- and 1200-litre tanks.

Weaker markets in Europe, particularly in the UK, and restricted availability of its CX tractors resulted in a 23% drop in European retail sales, says Case Corporation when announcing a first quarter income of $69m, up 8% on the comparable period for 1997. Revenues for the same period increased 12% to $1.4bn.