Super Air’s acquisition of Aerospread

Sheep and Beef sector to benefit from Super Air’s acquisition of Aerospread

Aerospread is joining the Super Air team, New Zealand’s leading fixed-wing aerial top-dressing business. 

By joining forces, the two companies can offer Hawkes Bay farmers and growers, one of North Island’s largest sheep and beef regions, an even higher level of service.

Aerospread has the planes, trucks and local knowledge and Super Air has industry leading precision technology, together. Together they will ensure customers have the best of both to be sustainably productive.

Super Air is a fully owned subsidiary company of Ballance Agri-Nutrients. Super Air Manager, John Elliott says the purchase of Aerospread makes sense for both companies. "By working together our customers have access to the latest technology delivered by the team they trust”.

“The two companies are an excellent fit both, from a business model and cultural perspective, with the Aerospread brand built on service and innovation.” 

Aerospread, a locally owned business based in the Hawkes Bay, has a reputation for excellence in aerial spreading in the region. The purchase includes Aerospread’s three Cresco top dressing aircraft and eight loader trucks, and the intent is the local Aerospread team will join Super Air.

Bruce Peterson, owner and operator of Aerospread, says instead of two brands competing for the same customers, we now have two companies working together to maximise our combined strengths to create an outstanding service in the Central Plateau, Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa and the Manawatu regions.

“We will continue to trade under the Aerospread brand, and will remain cost competitive, while at the same time improve efficiency by adopting Super Air’s SpreadSmart technology.”

SpreadSmart combines GPS guidance and tracking systems with digital farm mapping to automate an aircraft’s hopper. The SpreadSmart system and GPS technology integrates with farm maps and reporting tools to provide accurate proof-of-application of nutrients, ensuring that nutrients are only applied to the areas that need them, protecting wetlands, streams and other sensitive areas and at the same time increasing productivity.

“Aerospread is an exciting addition to the Super Air team. We will leverage a strong regional business with our nationwide fleet for the benefit of farmers and growers” says John.

The acquisition will be completed 1 February 2023.


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