In its 30th edition, the Gerdau Best of the Land Award, the largest award in South America for theagricultural machinery and equipment sector, has recognized a total of ten winners at Expointer, aninternational agribusiness fair that takes place in Esteio (Brazil)."In the year that the Award celebrates 30 years of history we had 600 participants, more than double thanthe previous year, which is a recognition of the professionalism and importance of the award for theagricultural machinery and equipment sector. It is very gratifying to see that over these three decades wehave encouraged technological improvements and the sustainable development of the sector, contributingtoward Brazil becoming one of the countries with the highest agricultural productivity in the world," saysGerdau's CEO André B. Gerdau Johannpeter.Since the award's first edition in 1983, there have been over 800,000 kilometers traveled with a total of3,700 people registered, 6,700 users interviewed, and 228 awards given. For this edition, the JudgingCommission covered more than 49,000 kilometers in Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay to assess participantsin the Highlight category and interview 339 users.Get to know the winners in 2012:Highlight Category - Commercial FarmingGold Trophy: Jacto K3 Coffee Harvester of the company Jacto in Pompéia (SP)Silver Trophy: Gringa V machine for planting large seeds made by Talleres Metalurgicos Crucianelli in the cityof Armstrong in the province of Santa Fé (Argentina)Highlight Category - Family FarmingGold Trophy: Accura 1600 Seed Distributor by Kuhn do Brasil from Passo Fundo (RS)Silver Trophy: Tractor 1055 by Agritech Lavrale from Indaiatuba (SP)Expointer New Product Category - Commercial FarmingGold Trophy: System of electronic integration between the SOL TT planter and tractors by Semeato fromPasso Fundo (RS)Silver Trophy: Rice Field Implement FTA 1600 by Agrimec, Santa Maria (RS)Expointer New Product Category - Family FarmingGold Trophy: Hyper Plus Camalhoneira Planter by Indústria de Máquinas e Implementos Agrícolas KF fromCândido Godói (RS).Silver Trophy: Frontal Silage Processor by Bandeirante Indústria e Comércio de Máquinas, Passo Fundo (RS)Research & Development CategoryResearcher Level: "Algorithms for Planning and Tracking Trajectories of Agricultural Robots" by ChristianCorrea, Assistant Professor at the School of Agricultural Engineering of the University of Concepción andLorenzo Vásquez, teacher trainer at the University of Tarapacá.Student Level: "Microprocessed System for Data Acquisition and Storage" by Antonio P. de Camargo,agronomist and graduate student in the Department of Biosystems Engineering at Luiz de Queiroz School ofAgriculture (ESALQ) in Piracicaba (SP).
About Gerdau Gerdau is a leading producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the largest suppliers of special steel in the world. With over 45,000 employees, it has industrial operations in 14 countries - in the Americas, Europe and Asia - which together represent an installed capacity of over 25 million metric tons of steel per year. It is the largest recycler in Latin America and around the world it transforms, each year, millions of metric tons of scrap into steel, reinforcing its commitment to sustainable development in the regions where it operates. With more than 140,000 shareholders, the Company is listed on the stock exchanges of São Paulo, New York and Madrid.