CNH Industrial (CNHI) has purchased ATI Inc. an Indiana-based US manufacturer of rubber track systems for high-power tractors and combines.
With ATI Track Systems under its belt, its expected CNHI will add the tracks to its Case IH combines in late 2020, and available for retrofit for the 2020-21 harvest season.
Reducing compaction and getting more harvest time for equipment is the aim of every current grower.
As part of that strategy, more growers see value in the use of tracks for specific machines and CNHI will capitalise on that increasing trend.
CNHI noted that the acquisition will benefit the Case IH badge in particular by providing customers with access to industry-leading track technology.
This extends the current range and enabling growers to tailor their choice based on specific flotation, suspension and traction requirements.
By integrating ATI into the Case IH brand CNHI claim it will place that badge in a leadership position in track systems and technologies.
ATI offers PowerFlex Trax with TerraForm technology with a suspension that enables higher transport speeds up to 40kph over non-suspension fitments.
In the paddock, PowerFlex Trax with TerraForm technology deliver a smooth ride over rough terrain, for improved operator comfort, while also providing better header ground following performance.
The ATI combine track system offers improved flotation to reduce compaction and provides harvest flexibility especially in wet conditions, according to CNH Industrial.
Case IH carved a niche in the track tractor market in 1996 with the launch of the Steiger Quadtrac, and that model continues to hold a significant market position worldwide.
ATI Inc. was established in 1997 and specialised in agricultural tracks for tractors and combines. The SmartTrax II range in the New Holland line up of T9 tractor are built by ATI.