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Portuguese | EnglishHydraForce has signed an agreement to acquire its current distributor and global systems integrator in Brazil, Hydraulic Designers Ltda. This acquisition will give HydraForce a greater presence in the burgeoning South American off-highway equipment market.
HydraForce Hydraulics Ltda.
Taboão da Serra, Brasil
“We’ve been strategic partners with Hydraulic Designers for several years now, and this acquisition is the natural progression of our successful business relationship,” said Jim Brizzolara, President of HydraForce. “For 15 years, Hydraulic Designers has been providing advanced technical solutions to equipment builders in Brazil, and HydraForce is very fortunate to be able to expand upon that partnership,” he added.
“We’ll be leveraging the talents of both companies to bring greater value and capability to customers not only in Brazil but throughout South America,” added Peter Macdonald, HydraForce’s Director of Global Operational Excellence.
The Hydraulic Designers Ltda. plant in Taboão da Serra, State of São Paulo employs 100 people who design and build custom hydraulic manifolds, primarily for original equipment manufacturers of agricultural and construction equipment. The new company will continue to use all the HydraForce design tools that they presently use today, including i-Design hydraulic schematic software, Automation Studios simulation software, ANSYS FEA for finite element analysis, and Pro-E for drafting. The application engineering team will maintain its local field work in prototype design. Manufacturing capabilities will continue to include machining, assembly and testing, automated quality inspection, a wash-down lab for cleanliness testing and local sourcing of extrusions.
“This will be a seamless transition,” said Aldo Bisson, General Manager of the acquired company. “Our operation will continue to directly support all sales, engineering and manufacturing activities in Brazil. Having local capabilities and engineering support can streamline the sourcing process for HydraForce global customers who are building equipment here in Brazil and throughout South America.”
Manufacturing Capacity• 20,000 sq. m. factory near Sao Paulo
• 120 employees and 3 manifold design engineers
• 16 CNC machines, 3 test stands
• 3 manifold lines for South American custom hydraulic manifold requirements
Signing Agreement to Purchase . . .On April 21, HydraForce signed an agreement to acquire its distributor and Global System Integrator in Brazil, Hydraulic Designers Ltda. Jim Brizzolara, President and CEO, travelled to the HD plant in Taboão da Serra in State of São Paulo to sign the agreement with HD co-founders Aldo Bisson and Mauro Mançano and meet the 120 employees. This series of photos captures the action . . .
Click on images below to see the acquisition progressApril 2017
Joint Booth at Agrishow . . .HydraForce and Hydraulic Designers Ltda. had a joint booth at Agrishow, the largest trade fair for ag equipment in South America. This outdoor show offers demonstrations of the latest machinery and technology available for the agricultural market. We were among 800 exhibiting brands on display for 160,000 visitors. It was a great way to learn more about the unique needs of our customers in South America. The next few photos show some of the equipment that was on display. Machinery in Brazil is large-scale to handle high capacity farming. Machines are designed to handle several functions. For example, sugar cane harvesters cut canes, strip leaves, load the chopped cane into a hopper and blow out the residue. The rotation, lifting, and chopping is all controlled with HydraForce valves. In some cases, the same machine that is used to harvest a crop can be outfitted with different attachments to spray or trim a crop, thanks to innovative hydraulic manifold design – by HydraForce Hydraulics Ltda.!
Welcome Ceremony . . .On June 12, a welcome celebration was held for the 120 new HydraForce employees of HydraForce Hydraulics Ltda. Banners showing employees of the other HydraForce locations were displayed. Aldo Bisson, Russ Schneidewind and Craig Sinnott welcomed the employees into the HydraForce family.