Sunnyvale, California, USA, 13 September 2010 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today it has acquired privately-held Cengea Solutions Inc., 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 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 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 organizations with a comprehensive set of tools to collect accurate operational information faster, manage and analyze the information to facilitate better decision making, and optimize 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. "Integrating Trimble's positioning, data collection, operational optimization, and communication technologies with Cengea's enterprise software solutions will enable us to offer a powerful business management system built specifically for the forest products industry. In addition, Cengea's expertise complements our products for natural resources and agriculture. For example, 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.""Trimble's acquisition of Cengea is an ideal fit for both organizations. Cengea's enterprise supply chain management software and domain experience complements Trimble's forestry transportation management and inventory assessment solutions by providing organizations with additional operational tools," said Garry Rasmussen, president and CEO of Cengea. "The acquisition can benefit Cengea's existing customers in the markets we serve and enhance our ability to support them over a much broader geography."The Cengea business will be reported as part of Trimble's Mobile Solutions segment.About CengeaCengea Solutions Inc. provides information technology-based business solutions for resource-based enterprises. Cengea serves forest products, agriculture, environment, utilities, and government markets in North America and around the world. The company offers industry-leading raw material supply chain execution and optimization solutions for the agriculture and forest products sectors. These solutions enable its clients to make sustainable cost reductions and add value to their products by focusing on solving quality, productivity, compliance, and operational business challenges. The company's 21-year history of serving spatial solutions around the globe puts Cengea in a unique position to understand and help address complex business issues. For more information, visit www.cengea.com.About Trimble's Forestry Automation BusinessTrimble's Forestry Automation Business develops solutions and applies technology that allows organizations to manage transportation, control supply chain costs, and increase overall efficiency in the forestry industry. Trimble's solutions include a suite of software products and specially-designed rugged computers to meet the real-time needs of the user.About TrimbleTrimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location, including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety, and mapping. In addition to positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers, and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are used to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, visit Trimble's Web site at www.trimble.com.