John Deere has purchased Mazzotti, a privately-owned sprayer manufacturer. Based in Ravenna, Italy, the company is well known for its self-propelled sprayers, which are sold primarily in southern Europe, plus skid units for other companies. We understand the Italian firm will maintain its name, trademark, and commercial agreements, and the acquisition does not affect existing manufacturing and distribution arrangements either for Mazzotti or for John Deere self-propelled sprayers produced at the Horst factory in The Netherlands.

The official message is that the acquisition provides John Deere with an opportunity to serve more customers in European markets, but we are informed there are no plans for Mazzotti sprayers to be sold in the UK & Ireland. Earlier last year John Deere acquired an 80% interest in Hagie Manufacturing, the US high-clearance sprayer manufacturer.