Malaysian drone-based enterprise solutions provider Aerodyne Group, with a presence in 35 countries, enters into a strategic partnership with Real Tech Fund, KOBASHI HOLDINGS and ACSL to solidify its positioning in Japan. Real Tech Fund’s expertise in agriculture deep tech, KOBASHI HOLDINGS’ legacy in agriculture of over 100 years, and ACSL’s technology prowess will set to propel Aerodyne’s latest engine of growth in the agriculture space called Agrimor in the ASEAN region.
Furthermore, 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.
In Southeast Asia, plantation agriculture such as rice, palm oil, and pineapple are major industries but farming methods are often labour-intensive, and have high environmental impact. There is tremendous potential for improving efficiency and productivity, and 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.
The company is currently running pilot projects with several of the largest farm landowners in Malaysia and plans to expand the service to India, Indonesia and Thailand after 2022. 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.
According to Kamarul A Muhamed, founder and Group CEO of Aerodyne, the strategic partnership with Real Tech Fund, KOBASHI HOLDINGS and ACSL will enable Aerodyne to leverage on a whole suite of expertise to significantly enhance their value proposition in the agriculture space, solidify their foothold and unlock further opportunities in Japan, as well as expanding the breadth and depth of their technology suites.
“We welcome our new strategic partners and look forward to an exciting journey together, in particular, Real Tech Fund’s philosophy to support innovative R & D technology that advances humanity through technology mirrors our own approach,” said Kamarul.
In a similar note, Akitaka Wilhelm Fujii, President of Real Tech Holdings, acting as the lead of the consortium of 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.”
Meanwhile, Shojiro Kobashi, President and CEO of KOBASHI HOLDINGS also commented that they expect 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,” said Kobashi.
Whereas, Satoshi Washiya, President & COO of ACSL applauded Aerodyne’s established position as a drone service provider. The company is very attractive to ACSL and 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,” Washiya concluded.