Aerodyne Group strengthens agriculture capabilities with strategic partnerships in Japan
By Digital News Asia May 10, 2021
- Partnership with Real Tech Fund, Kobashi Holdings and ACSL to solidify position in Japan
- Impetus to Agrimor solution, Aerodyne’s latest engine of growth in agriculture space
Aerodyne Group, a top-tier global drone services company headquartered in Cyberjaya, Malaysia announced today that it has welcomed Real Tech Fund, Kobashi Holdings, and ACSL as strategic partners.
Aerodyne Group is a DT3 (Drone Tech, Data Tech, and Digital Transformation) drone-based enterprise solutions provider, and a pioneer in the use of artificial intelligence as an enabling technology for large-scale data operations, analytics and process optimization with a presence in 35 countries.
This strategic partnership with the consortium of Japanese investors comprising Real Tech Fund, a deep tech focused venture capital fund, Kobashi Holdings, one of the top agriculture companies in Japan and ACSL, listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and specializing in drone manufacturing and drone related hardware is set to propel Aerodyne’s latest engine of growth in the agriculture space called Agrimor. These companies, with their depth of technology and agriculture experience and history in the Japanese market will underpin Aerodyne’s core business growth in Japan.
Aerodyne is also targeting Southeast Asia, where plantation agriculture such as rice, palm oil, and pineapple are major industries yet where farming methods are often labour-intensive and have high environmental impact. With tremendous potential for improving efficiency and productivity, Aerodyne’s Agrimor service enables data-driven precision agriculture by using drones to monitor crop health and in turn increasing productivity and harvest yield, benefiting farmers, agriculture landowners and ultimately the economy of the host country. Pilot projects are running with several of the largest farm landowners in Malaysia with plans to expand the service to India, Indonesia and Thailand after 2022.
Welcoming the new partners, Kamarul A Muhamed (pic), founder and Group CEO of Aerodyne said, “This strategic partnership with Real Tech Fund, , Kobashi Holdings and ACSL will enable Aerodyne to leverage on a whole suite of expertise from this consortium to significantly enhance our value proposition in the agriculture space and unlock further opportunities in Japan, as well as expanding the breadth and depth of our technology suite. In particular, Real Tech Fund’s philosophy to support innovative R & D that advances humanity through technology mirrors our own approach.”
Akitaka Wilhelm Fujii, President of Real Tech Holdings, acting as the lead of the strategic partners said, “We are extremely excited to announce this new strategic partnership with Aerodyne. We believe that their drone solutions will hugely benefit society and the environment by providing people with access to affordable and resilient infrastructure, driving sustainable agriculture, reducing last mile delivery costs, and so forth. Through this partnership, we hope to boost Aerodyne’s business growth and market positioning in Japan and beyond.”
Shojiro Kobashi], President and CEO of , Kobashi Holdings commented, “We expect that Aerodyne's drone solution will greatly contribute to the widespread of sustainable agriculture by improving the yield and quality of crops and reducing the burden on the environment and farmers. With the resources we have cultivated as an agricultural machinery manufacturer, we will support Aerodyne's entry into the agricultural field and Japanese market, lead the next future of Agritech, and contribute to the evolution of Japanese agriculture.”
Satoshi Washiya, President & COO of ACSL commented, “Aerodyne’s established position as a drone service provider is very attractive to ACSL. Since November 2020, Aerodyne and ACSL have been cooperating on drone flight tests through collaborating with Aerodyne Japan. Aerodyne is playing an important role in ACSL drone development. By further strengthening the collaboration between the two companies through this investment, we expect that the social implementation of drones will become even more advanced.”
Since its establishment in 2014, Aerodyne has been developing an integrated drone service solution that enables faster, competitively priced, higher quality, and safer infrastructure inspection and monitoring. Aerodyne’s solutions have been deployed and is currently being used by various industry leaders such as a Malaysian-based Fortune 500 oil and gas company, the largest listed power company in Southeast Asia as well as the largest port owner in the UK.