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  NEWS RELEASE

 
HARDI, Inc. in North America to Offer Trimble's
Lightbar Guidance Systems

 
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec. 17, 2003 -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced today that HARDI®, Inc. in North America, a leading manufacturer of agricultural sprayers and spraying equipment, will offer Trimble's AgGPS® family of parallel swathing lightbar guidance systems as part of its product line. The lightbar guidance systems are low-cost, easy-to-use, and take advantage of Trimble's innovative Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to help operators manually guide farm equipment in precise rows. The systems enable farmers to increase in-field productivity and profitability through more efficient utilization of crop inputs and agricultural vehicles, extended working hours and reduced costs.
 
"This is a natural synergy for HARDI, the leader in pull behind and mounted spray application equipment, to work with the world's leading positioning technology provider that designs and develops top-quality GPS systems for the agricultural market," said Tom Kinzenbaw, president and CEO of HARDI®, Inc. in North America.
 
"We are very excited to be working with HARDI," said Alan Townsend, vice president and general manager of Trimble's Field Solutions Division. "By adding lightbar guidance to its spraying equipment product line, HARDI is providing its customers with an economical solution to enhance in-field productivity."
 
The guidance technology provides farmers with information for driving precise rows during field preparation, planting, and agricultural product applications. The systems reduce application material costs by enabling drivers to apply material right the first time, eliminating skips and overlaps, lowering the cost per acre.
 
The lightbar guidance product line combines a high-performance GPS receiver with a lightbar that can be mounted ergonomically anywhere in the cab. The systems are fully upgradable to grow with the user, including as-applied mapping, soil sampling, flow control or variable-rate management.
 
About HARDI® Inc.
 
HARDI® Inc. is the North American subsidiary of the Danish Mother Company, HARDI® INTERNATIONAL A/S, one of the world's leading manufacturers of spray application equipment since 1957. Established since 1982, HARDI® Inc. includes three locations on the North American continent: HARDI® Midwest in Davenport, IA (North American Headquarters), HARDI® West Coast in Fresno, CA, and HARDI® Great Lakes in London, ON. The product range includes a very broad range of pull type and tractor mounted field sprayers, vineyard & orchard sprayers, estate sprayers, hand-operated & backpack sprayers, as well as spray tips, spray pumps & components, spray monitors & rate controllers. HARDI® inc. employs 98 people in North America - Worldwide, the HARDI® Group employs more than 1,200 people. HARDI® -Your Sprayer Specialist!
 
For more information visit: http://www.hardi-us.com.
 
About Trimble
 
Trimble is a leading innovator of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. In addition to providing advanced GPS components, Trimble augments GPS with other positioning technologies as well as wireless communications and software to create complete customer solutions. Trimble's worldwide presence and unique capabilities position the Company for growth in emerging applications including surveying, automobile navigation, machine guidance, asset tracking, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has more than 2,000 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
 
Certain statements made in this press release are forward looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ from those set forth in this press release due to certain risks and uncertainties, including the ability to achieve market acceptance of product offerings to be offered by the relationship. Among other things, economic trends and additional competitive issues may have an adverse effect on the results and growth of the product offerings. These and other risks are detailed from time to time in reports filed with the SEC, including Trimble's respective quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and its annual report on Form 10-K.
 
 
Investor Relations Contact:   Investor Relations of Trimble: (408) 481-6914
 
Media Contact:   LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808
 
Marketing Contact:   Jacob Holmblad of HARDI®: 563-386-1730



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