Husqvarna Group acquired Koubachi AG, a pioneer in the area of “smart gardening” based in Switzerland. The acquisition brings extensive experience from the Internet of Things and home automation technology within gardening and plant care, strengthening Husvarna’s Gardena Division in this field, the company said.
Koubachi’s competence team including its founder Dr. Philipp Bolliger will join the Gardena Division and will be based in Zurich.
Koubachi’s current portfolio mainly consists of a cloud-based plant care system that includes sensors and mobile apps along with an extensive plant library and unique algorithms to make plant care easier.
“The acquisition will increase and accelerate the value of Gardena’s own smart garden concept, which will be launched starting in 2016,” said Sascha Menges, president of the Gardena Division of the Husqvarna Group. “This concept connects automatic watering and robotic lawn mowing in a unique way, and is managed by a smartphone application. Joining forces with the Koubachi team will consolidate our leadership position within gardening.”