In November 2021, Kubota from Japan and Escorts from India announced closer cooperation and an increase of the Kubota stake in Escorts. As a result, the official name of the company has changed into “Escorts Kubota Limited” as of last June.
Escorts and Kubota Corporation, Japan (“Kubota”) had decided to strengthen their partnership aligned to their vision of strong global presence in farm mechanization and spreading farming prosperity. Kubota has increased its equity stake in Escorts to 44.8% by subscribing to new equity shares and through an open offer to the public shareholders of Escorts and also becoming a joint promoter of the Company along with existing promoters, the Nanda family, whose shareholding in the Company remains unchanged and Mr. Nikhil Nanda continues to be the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of the Company.
According to Mr. Nikhil Nanda, CMD, Escorts Kubota Limited, “Our partnership with Kubota in Escorts Kubota Limited has been welcomed by all our stakeholders and investors. Consequently, the process was completed smoothly. We are now well poised at a very interesting time in global history to contribute at much higher levels to India and the world’s quest for food security, sustainable agriculture and smart agriculture.
Mr. Yuichi Kitao, President and Representative Director, Kubota, Japan, said, “We are very pleased to partner with Escorts Kubota Limited at a time when we can combine our strengths to provide advanced farm mechanization solutions to address global food security & enhanced farm productivity needs.”
Escorts (Market Cap: ~US$ 3 Bn) is among India’s engineering conglomerates, operating in the high growth sectors of Agri Machinery, Material Handling, Construction Equipment and Railway Equipment. The Group has earned the trust of over 5 million customers by way of product and process innovations over seven decades. Escorts endeavors to transform lives in rural and urban India by leading the revolution in agricultural mechanization, modernization of railway technology and transformation of Indian construction.
Kubota Corp. (Market Cap: ~US$ 24 Bn) is a global manufacturing company, specializing in agriculture, water, and living environment products, with a worldwide network spread over 100 countries. As an agricultural and water expert, they challenge and attain the future of food, water, and the environment. Through proactive management, user-friendly products, and stable support, Kubota has been a global player in agriculture and water-related industries.