Topcon Positioning Group has announced the acquisition of Digi-Star, a manufacturer of electronic sensing systems, machine control units, precision load cells and data management software for agricultural and industrial equipment.

“After several years of working on development projects together, we are delighted with this acquisition. Digi-Star and Topcon Precision Agriculture are a perfect fit, bringing complementary technologies and distribution channels to our rapidly growing precision agricultural division,” says Ray O’Connor, president and CEO of Topcon Positioning Group.

Based in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, Digi-Star is a global supplier of electronic equipment, precision sensors, optical yield and feed management sensors, displays, position verification, and software used by farmers and other equipment operators to precisely measure and analyze valuable data from critical farming processes. The company has a unique balance of expertise in the livestock and grain equipment markets.

Mac Moore, president and CEO of Digi-Star, says, “Topcon and Digi-Star have numerous synergies with electronics, sensors and integration of specific user interfaces for the agriculture and industrial markets that will complement each other’s customers. Both companies will benefit from the expanded product lines and solutions that progressive customers depend upon for maximum profitability.”

“On the heels of our recent Wachendorff Elektronik acquisition, the German-based manufacturer of in-cab consoles, this acquisition is another key part of our global strategy to strengthen our ability to serve OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] and continue the growth of Topcon manufacturing in Europe,” says Albert Zahalka, president of Topcon Precision Agriculture. “It also increases our precision agriculture family to approximately 600 of our more than 2,000 Topcon Positioning Group employees worldwide.”


Digi-Star currently employs more than 220 employees in its three locations, with approximately half located in the U.S. or Europe. Its operations will continue to be based in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, to provide manufacturers, dealers and end-users a high level of service, support and product expertise. PD

—From Topcon Positioning Group news release