• 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.

    Photo of Vincent BALLU on the first Tecnoma high-clearance tractor
  • 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.

    Vineyards in the Epernay region - home to Exxact Robotics

    Team

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

    Vincent RACHET - General manager - Exxact Robotics

    Vincent

    General manager

    Camille ENDERLEN - Viticulture products project manager - Exxact Robotics

    Camille

    Viticulture products project manager

    Matthieu HEMMERLE - Innovation manager - Exxact Robotics

    Matthieu

    Innovation Manager

    Boubacar DIALLO - AI / Vision R & D Engineer - Exxact Robotics

    Boubacar

    AI / Vision R & D Engineer

    Estelle MILLET - Responsable pôle agro data - Exxact Robotics

    Estelle

    Agro data manager

    Anthony DE GABBIA - Mechatronics R & D technician - Exxact Robotics

    Anthony

    Mechatronics R & D technician

    Arthur MARGERIT - Software R & D Engineer - Exxact Robobtics

    Arthur

    Software R & D Engineer

    Clémence LOGEART -HR and CSR Manager - Exxact Robotics

    Clémence

    HR and CSR Manager

    Baptiste EVRARD - Industrial quality engineer - Exxact Robotics

    Baptiste

    Industrial quality engineer

    Bastien GREGUY - Mechatronics R & D technician - Exxact Robotics

    Bastien

    Mechatronics R & D technician

    Isabelle ROLIN - Administrative assistant - Exxact Robotics

    Isabelle

    Administrative assistant

    Charbel DANDJINOU - AI / Vision R & D Engineer - Exxact Robotics

    CHarbel

    AI / Vision R & D Engineer

    Juliette RAUCH - Viticulture product engineer - Exxact Robotics

    Juliette

    Viticulture product engineer

    Florimond PIETREMENT - Viticulture product engineer - Exxact Robotics

    Florimond

    Viticulture product engineer

    Franklin Yangoua - Software R & D logiciel - Exxact Robotics

    Franklin

    Software R & D logiciel

    Vincent COURSON - Software R & D engineer - Exxact Robotics

    Vincent

    Software R & D engineer

    Gauthier LAMICHE - Viticulture product engineer - Exxact Robotics

    Gauthier

    Viticulture product engineer

    Véronique Espadinha Languille - Marketing & Communication Manager - Exxact Robotics

    Véronique

    Marketing & Communication Manager

    Gautier MORAY - Viticulture product engineer - Exxact Robotics

    Gautier

    Viticulture product engineer

    Geoffroy DE PIEDOUE - AI / Vision trainee - Exxact Robotics

    Geoffroy

    AI / Vision trainee

    Ghislain DROHE - R&D technician - Exxact Robotics

    Ghislain

    R&D technician

    Ghanim RIDAELDIN - MUKHTAR - Software R & D engineer - Exxact Robotics

    Ghanim

    Software R & D engineer

    Lucie DUMONT - R & D technician - Exxact Robotics

    Lucie

    R & D technician

    Jérôme DIAS - AI / vision division manager - Exxact Robotics

    Jérôme

    AI / vision division manager

    Khaled KESMIA - AI / Vision R & D engineer - Exxact Robotics

    Khaled

    AI / Vision R & D engineer

    Louis LELIEVRE - Field crop product engineer - Exxact Robotics

    Louis

    Product engineer

    Océane BRIDENNE - R & D technician - Exxact Robotics

    Océane

    R & D technician

    Mathieu PARLANT - Mechatronics R & D engineer - Exxact Robotics

    Mathieu

    Mechatronics R & D engineer

    Nicolas FRANCO - AI / Vision R & D engineer - Exxact Robotics

    Nicolas

    AI / Vision R & D engineer

    Olivier FRANQUART - Precision agriculture product manager - Exxact Robotics

    Olivier

    Field crops product manager

    Stéphanie DURAN - Buyer - EXXACT ROBOTICS

    Stéphanie

    Buyer

    Olivier LOISEAU - Industrialisation manager - Exxact Robotics

    Olivier

    Industrialisation manager

    Paul MELKI - AI / Vision R & D engineer - Exxact Robotics

    Paul

    AI / Vision R & D engineer

    Robin AUSSENAC - Mechatronics R & D engineer - Exxact Robotics

    Robin

    Mechatronics R & D engineer

    Vincent OGLIENGO - R & D technician - Exxact Robotics

    Vincent

    R & D technician

    Lisa CHARRON - R&D technician - Exxact Robotics

    Lisa

    R&D technician

    Ronan FAZILLEAU - Mechatronics R & D technician - Exxact Robotics

    Ronan

    Mechatronics R & D technician

    Guillaume PAIRE - Viticulture Product Manager - Exxact Robotics

    Guillaume

    Viticulture Product Manager

    Omid AGHAJANZADEH - Software R&D engineer - Exxact Robotics

    Omid

    Software R&D engineer

    Vincent VIDAL - Viticulture products project manager - Exxact Robotics

    Vincent

    Viticulture products project manager

    Pierrick BOILLETOT - Field crop project manager - Exxact Robotics

    Pierrick

    Field crop project manager

    Thibault BACLE - Mechatronics division manager - Exxact Robotics

    Thibault

    Mechatronics division manager

    Antonin MOULUN - Mechatronics trainee - Exxact Robotics

    Antonin

    Mechatronics trainee

    Fouzia ADDAL - Electronic hardware engineer - EXXACT ROBOTICS

    Fouzia

    Electronic hardware engineer

    Jocelyn GAUTIER - Mechatronics R & D engineer - Exxact Robotics

    Jocelyn

    Mechatronics R & D engineer

    Gaetan Granson - Production tecnician - Exxact Robotics

    Gaëtan

    Production technician

    Hugo ANTOINE - AI / Vision trainee - Exxact Robotics

    Hugo

    AI / Vision trainee

    Vincent DANIELE - AI / Vision R & D engineer - Exxact Robotics

    VIncent

    AI / Vision R & D engineer

    Pierre Soidé - Product engineer - Exxact Robotics

    Pierre

    Product engineer

    Alexandre LONGIS - Test & Validation engineer - EXXACT ROBOTICS

    Alexandre

    Test and validation engineer

    Angélique GUINOT - Accountant Exxact Robotics

    Angélique

    Accountant

    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

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    Agility

    Our ethical values and methods make for easy day-to-day project management

    Sharing

    A confident team to enhance communication on our projects

    Working environment

    We share our offices with Tecnoma (headquarters of the group) to stay tuned to the industry.

    Cutting-edge technologies

    the most up-to-date technologies (AI, robotics, etc.) are at the heart of our daily projects and the development of new ideas.

    Implantation

    Epernay is situated 1.5h east of Paris, only 30 minutes away from Reims, the major town of the region.

    Projects

    We pride ourselves on developing projects which are immediately applicable for users.

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