Electric vehicle control manufacturer Sevcon targets agriculture sector

Electric vehicle control manufacturer Sevcon has launched a new drive to capture a share of the multi-billion pound agricultural market

Matt Boyle, president and chief executive of Sevcon
Matt Boyle, president and chief executive of Sevcon

Electric vehicle control manufacturer Sevcon has launched a new drive to capture a share of the multi-billion pound agricultural market.

Following months of detailed research with farm machinery makers and the Agricultural Industry Electronic Foundation (AEF) Gateshead-based Sevcon has unveiled a range of products for the tractor and machinery market.

Sevcon’s diversification in the agricultural sector was supported with a £300,000 grant from the Regional Growth Fund, and has so far created ten jobs with the potential for more as it penetrates further into the market.

Matt Boyle, Sevcon’s president and chief executive officer, said: “The agricultural equipment and machinery industry presents us with high volume and high value potential opportunities. New tractor sales are predicted to be around 1.4m units by 2015, with equipment sales set to be even greater. We believe motor controller sales into the agri-market could ramp up to many thousands a year by the end of the decade.”

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