• 1952
  • 1987
  • A Family business

    Vincent Ballu founded the Tecnoma company in 1952 selling agricultural sprayers and elevated tractors which revolutionized winegrowing machinery.

    In 1987, Exel was born following the acquisition of Berthoud, the French market leader for agricultural sprayers and garden sprinklers, thereby creating a multi-brand group for agricultural sprayers. Later, the group expanded to include gardening activities, beet harvesting and the industrial spray market.

  • 2019
  • Exxact Robotics, subsidiary of Exel Industries

    The group was created in 2019 and the Exxact Robotics subsidiary specializes in precision agricultural solutions.

    The structure is dedicated to developing autonomous agricultural vehicles and systems to enhance their perception of the specific environment involved in vineyards and also that of extensive cultures.  The aim is to offer sustainable solutions to accompany the major ongoing transitions in farming by limiting the use of crop protection products, developing new methods (biocontrol, agricultural ecology, simplified growth techniques), all of which require high-precision pulverisation.

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    Team

    Working with Exxact Robotics means fostering a team spirit where responsibilities and autonomy are of the essence.

    Colin

    General manager

    Anouk

    Apprentice communication officer

    Camille

    product marketing manager

    Estelle

    Modeling engineer

    Matthieu

    Agronomical & sensor department

    Hakim

    Software department manager

    Boubacar

    AI integrator

    Marc

    agricultural technicien

    Marcos

    Robotics software integrator engineer

    Quentin

    Mechatronical engineer-apprentice

    Isabelle

    In charg of administrative and purchasing missions

    Florian

    Robotics expert

    Guillaume

    Agricultural technicien

    Jean-Pierre

    Mechatronics R&D consultant

    Jérémy

    Vineyard robotics trainee

    Arthur

    embedded software engineer

    Baptiste

    Quality engineer

    Loïc

    Embedded software engineer

    Paul

    Data scientist trainee

    Vincent

    Integrator engineer

    Hugues

    software development engineer

    Vanessa

    Product owner

    Jocelyn

    Mechanical R&D consultant

    L'équipe EXXACT Robotic

    Philosophy

    Agricultural ecology and artificial intelligence

    We strive towards increased efficiency in the application of sprayed products with the help of AI and vision sensors.  The aim is to reduce the quantity of fungicides, herbicides and insecticides used and to activate agronomic levers to fight against biological plagues.  This technology has the advantage of providing indispensable track and trace information for farmers and agricultural businesses.

    Robotics and sustainable solutions

    We are committed to developing autonomous agricultural vehicles which meet the requirements for organising farmsteads and ensuring the security of the users.  We are particularly attentive when it comes to finding sustainable solutions to address the problems winegrowers are currently confronted with in terms of best practices and the development of biological control requiring high-precision spraying.

    Missions

    1

    To guarantee yields, we would like to limit the impact of conventional agricultural chemical inputs, the use of which can be significantly reduced with practically no negative impact.

    The global population and its needs are constantly increasing and the objective is now to produce more with less.  According to the French newspaper Le Monde, “French research scientists have estimated that reducing chemical inputs by 30% would have no negative effects.”

    Nicolas Munier-Jolain, research engineer at the National Institute for Agronomic Research in Dijon, (France) has noted that “We estimate that reducing the total amount of pesticides by 42% would have no negative impact in 59% of cases.  This corresponds to an average reduction of 37% of weed-killers, 47% of fungicides and 60% of insecticides in France alone.”

    Source:  Le Monde

    2

    We would like to lower the cost of buying chemicals thereby improving the competitiveness of farmsteads.

    “The Agriculture Commission of the European parliament has approved a draft report on “the supply chain of agricultural inputs” which pinpoints the fact that the price of these inputs has gone up by almost 40% over the past ten years, whereas agricultural prices have increased by less than 25%.

    There is a need for more transparency and increased competition throughout the supply chain of agricultural inputs.”

    Source:  European parliament

    3

    Tools are required to address the problem of crop resistance to pesticides within a global innovation project. Adjusting the dose is one of the levers to avoid resistance.

    Biology is not static.  Since ancient times, farmers have spent considerable amounts of time and energy getting rid of weeds and clearing space for crops knowing full well that there are always losses.  Even today, farmers worldwide spend most of their time doing just that. The advent of chemical weed-killers finally made it possible to clear cereals (which are dirtying crops) of harmful dicotyledons (mustards, ravenelles, poppies, etc.) and perennials such as dandelions. For the first time, the general use of weed-killers on other crops significantly reduced the number of weed seeds in the soil with a lasting effect.

    Resistance to week-killers is a hereditary mechanism which allows a plant to put up with doses which kill other plants in the same family.  Whatever the mechanism, this plant will survive doses which exceed – or even greatly exceed – the accepted levels.

    Source:  Perspectives Agricoles n° 371 – October 2010

    4

    Farmers have a special relationship with their neighbours. It is important nowadays that mutual confidence be reinstated. We need to show that things are changing and this must be visible from the field-side.

    “Today, according to the French government, 71% of French consumers would like to buy local products and help the economic and social development of farms.  However, the argument surrounding pesticides makes for difficult relationships between farmers and city dwellers. The initiatives which have been taken to improve this situation have a precise goal:  “farmers want to improve the image of their farmsteads whilst conveying their passion for the job.”

    Source:  French Agricultural Ministry

    5

    We need to optimise the track and tracing of applications. By doing this, we want to show that when we use weed-killers, it’s for a good reason.

    “Farmers are faced with new requirements when it comes to quality, product safety and environmental conservation.  They have become fully-fledged companies providing goods and services and they must address an increasing number of external criteria.  This evolution means a well-managed quality assurance system must be implemented to record, store and transfer the ever-increasing amount of information on the products and procedures.

    Implementing such quality systems on a farm means keeping records of operations carried out, products used, standard operating procedures, good husbandry and sowing practices and specifications.

    Source:  Ipsos.com

    Expertise

    For sustainable solutions