The idea of building a DJI plant in Ukraine has become a reality thanks to the agreements between China and Ukraine, which eliminate the need for double taxation, which, of course, catalyzes the efficiency of production.
DJI, founded in 2006, operates in the sectors of agriculture and nature protection, energy and film production. DJI has branches in 17 countries, including the Netherlands, Germany, Japan and South Korea, and has more than 14,000 employees. The plant in Western Ukraine will create an additional 1,200 jobs.
“Ukraine’s choice is due to its favorable geographical location, low wages compared to Shenzhen, and the economic reforms of the Ukrainian government, which has embarked on digitalization of the country and a regime of maximum investment promotion. We plan to sell drones both in Ukraine, where there is a stable demand for unmanned aerial vehicles for agriculture and in Eastern and then Western Europe”, — spoke the founder of SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd Wang Tao.
The British architectural firm Foster + Partners, which created the DJI headquarters building in Shenzhen (China’s Silicon Valley), is also involved in construction in Ukraine. The plant is located a few kilometers from the western border of Ukraine: the village of Tarnivtsi, a suburb of Uzhgorod. The first stage of work on the object of 200 thousand square meters began in November 2020, and already at the second half of 2023 the plant will receive a production capacity up to 40 thousand drones per month. According to information on the official DJI page on Facebook, the investment for the construction of the plant is estimated at $75 million.
Primarily, the plant will assemble agricultural drones, in particular, the DJI Agras T20 model, created for irrigation and pesticide spraying on crops. Equipped with 8 nozzles, 20-litre liquid tanks and powerful pumps, the DJI Agras T20 is capable of spraying fertilizers at a speed of 6 l/min.
The use of drones as a means to irrigate and protect plants is the most accurate and effective at the moment because of spot treatment of the plant, plus they use fewer fluids, require less money and, as opposed to the usual agri-machines, they don’t destroy the plant with physical contact.
Drones have become a marker of a modern approach to work and research in many industries: life protection, science, agrarian sector. Drones are the tool of technical revolution in agriculture.