Agricultural engineer Lely is to divest a wind turbine manufacturing business in order to concentrate its strategic focus on dairy farm robotics and data services.
The Dutch company is to sell its Lely Aircon wind turbine operation to Bettink Service Team, also based in Holland, which will integrate the business into its BestWatt sustainable energy division.
Lely says the Aircon business has helped inform and support its dairy farm operations over recent years but is increasingly distracting resources and effort from the core dairy farming segment. While it still believes in the sustainability of wind turbines, the business will develop better under the management of Bettink which is experienced in the installation, commissioning, service and maintenance of wind turbines around the world. Existing Lely Aircon customers can now rely on the specialized wind turbine services offered by Bettink.
Lely says it will use the expertise it has gained to explore other options for creating energy neutral and circular systems for minimising waste and utilising resources available on farm.
A year ago, Lely sold its long established forage handling and harvesting machinery division to AGCO, the equipment business behind the Massey Ferguson, Fendt and Valtra tractor brands. This move was also intended to allow it to focus on robotic milking and livestock feeding systems.