Trimble buys Cengea to expands forestry solutions

Trimble buys Cengea to expands forestry solutions

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California, US: Trimble has acquired Cengea Solutions, based in British Columbia. Cengea is a leading provider of spatially-enabled business operations and supply chain management software for the forestry, agriculture and natural resource industries.

The Cengea business will be reported as part of Trimble’s Mobile Solutions segment. The acquisition is part of Trimble’s strategic initiative to bring productivity solutions to the forestry and other industries. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Cengea’s forestry enterprise software solution manages the operational activities associated with producing raw materials such as lumber, paper and other forest products throughout the value chain—from initial project planning to scheduling of work, growing, harvesting, delivery, tracking of goods, payment, inventory management and real-time reporting. The operational data can be integrated with maps and other spatial data to provide a complete perspective on activities and costs. The combination of Trimble and Cengea’s forestry solutions can provide organisations with a comprehensive set of tools to collect accurate operational information faster, manage and analyse the information to facilitate better decision making, and optimise operational activities to improve productivity, efficiency and safety.

“Our goal is to provide productivity solutions that transform operations across the complete continuum of forest management activities—from initial site planning and planting to harvesting and transporting timber from the cut site to the mill,” said Bill Martin, general manager of Trimble’s Forestry Automation and Mobile Computing business areas.

Martin continued, “Cengea’s agriculture software is a fit for Trimble’s Connected Farm strategy, which focuses on seamless field-to-office information management. By wirelessly collecting grower-level data and integrating operations and supply chain activities, we can further enhance an agribusiness’ ability to reduce costs and improve productivity.”

“Cengea’s enterprise supply chain management software and domain experience complements Trimble’s forestry transportation management and inventory assessment solutions by providing organisations with additional operational tools,” said Garry Rasmussen, president and CEO of Cengea.

Source: Trimble