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Uncovering the Origins Of CLAAS Tractors

By Tom Seest

Where Did CLAAS Tractors Come From?

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Where Did CLAAS Tractors Come From?

Where Did CLAAS Tractors Come From?

How did the CLAAS Family Begin Their Tractor Legacy?

CLAAS was established in 1913 and today ranks among the world’s premier manufacturers of agricultural machinery. Their flagship combine harvester is the European market leader; other products include balers, mowers, mower mowers, rakes, tedders, silage trailers, wheel loaders, and telehandlers – plus state-of-the-art agricultural information technology solutions. Headquartered in Harsewinkel, Germany, they boast state-of-the-art agricultural information technology services as well. The family-run firm operates from its headquarters, which is located there.
August CLAAS and his brothers Franz and Theo created one of the world’s premier agricultural machinery manufacturers through innovation, openness to new ideas and perseverance. Starting out by developing powerful straw binders in 1934; later that same year saw the world’s first combine harvester suitable for European harvest conditions make its debut; an unstoppable machine which revolutionised crop farming practices forever.
CLAAS later developed and introduced numerous groundbreaking agricultural machines over subsequent decades. These included: 1952: Hercules Self-propelled Combine Harvester; 1976: ROLLANT Round Baler; 1973: Jaguar Self-propelled Forage Harvesters, 1988 QUADRANT Large Square Baler, DISCO Mowers 1989 and 1993’s XERION Tractor Series.
Today, CLAAS stands as an icon for innovative agriculture, embodying a strong commitment to technological progress, and is known for high-quality products and exceptional customer service. Additionally, its global production facilities can be found throughout Europe, India, Russia, China, and South America – further solidifying its legacy.
Today, CLAAS remains a family-owned business and the third generation has taken leadership roles within it. Helmut CLAAS (93-years old and founder’s eldest son) recently retired as chairman of shareholders committee and his daughter Cathrina CLAAS-Mulhauser now fills his spot as chairwoman of shareholders committee.
CLAAS employs more than 11,500 people worldwide and generates an approximate global turnover of 4 billion euros (roughly 80 percent in Europe). CLAAS leads in Europe in combining harvesters with its LEXION and JAGUAR products; additionally, it holds leading positions in other markets through LEXION and JAGUAR products. CLAAS operates worldwide from factories and sales locations located throughout Europe, India, the US, Russia, China, as well as various countries in Western Hemisphere regions.

How did the CLAAS Family Begin Their Tractor Legacy?

How did the CLAAS Family Begin Their Tractor Legacy?

What Was the First Combine Harvester Built by CLAAS?

CLAAS introduced the world to combine harvesters in 1930. These machines were specifically designed to cut, thresh, and collect crops with minimal losses in one operation – a substantial leap forward from mower-thresher-binder machinery used previously – allowing farmers greater operational flexibility than before.
After seeing such success from their new machine, the CLAAS family quickly expanded production and export operations. Production was expanded to include mowers, tedders and windrowers in addition to harvesters; August CLAAS set out searching for opportunities outside Europe with South America being his target; spending several weeks there with son Helmut developing commercial relationships necessary for export.
By 1948, CLAAS had established its inaugural off-site plant at Gutersloh-Blankenhagen to produce cast iron components. Six years later, Paderborn saw another factory open to produce drive and hydraulic components, while in 1956 CLAAS opened another production site at St Remy-Woippy near Metz where three countries meet near France producing harvester drive and hydraulic systems while capitalizing on economies of scale available at that strategic European location.
CLAAS became one of the world’s premier combine manufacturers, as well as expanding its product offerings to include mowers, tractors, windrowers and loader wagons. Furthermore, they developed round and large square balers as an add-on for their harvesters.
As the company expanded, more facilities and staff became necessary. To accommodate this growth, in 1951, they purchased and renovated a building in Harsewinkel to serve as their headquarters.
CLAAS established itself on the market through extensive investments in research and development. By the end of the 1950s, they held a considerable lead over competitors in combined harvesters.
CLAAS entered India’s market in 1991 when economic reforms were first being implemented, offering world-class agricultural machinery designed specifically for Indian conditions – from combination harvesters and threshers tailored specifically to Indian farmer needs to harvesters with harvester/thresher capabilities.

What Was the First Combine Harvester Built by CLAAS?

What Was the First Combine Harvester Built by CLAAS?

Unlocking the Secrets of the CLAAS Factory in Harsewinkel?

CLAAS was established by August CLAAS in Harsewinkel in West Germany in 1913 and today stands as one of the premier producers of agricultural machinery worldwide. Employing 11,500 worldwide, this global enterprise produces mowers, balers, rakes, and tedders, as well as tractors and combine harvesters. Today, CLAAS boasts one of the world’s most advanced combine harvester factories located within its Harsewinkel headquarters, which offers world-class mower manufacturing.
Harsewinkel Factory covers a large area and currently features four assembly lines: LEXION 780-740 and 670-620 large combine harvester series; TUCANO 570-320 and AVERO 240/160 forage harvesters; two additional assembly lines producing the Jaguar 980-930/870-840 series as well as the XERION 5000-4000 large 4×4 tractor series that boast engine outputs up to 530hp respectively.
CLAAS has always placed great emphasis on export, and has long been recognized as an international company. Since the 1990s, production and sales facilities have opened outside Europe in India, the USA, Russia, China, and South America, among others. CLAAS took another major step toward its future when they acquired French tractor maker RENAULT Agriculture in 2004.
Harsewinkel’s original manufacturing plant covers an area of over 600,000 square meters, while the facility operates over 300,000. Nearly all machinery produced at Harsewinkel is assembled using machine tools developed in-house by CLAAS employees.
Harvesting units, power trains, and all mechanical components are produced at this plant. Furthermore, agricultural implements like front axles, engines, and chassis support its tractors; small Nexos orchard and Elios farm models are produced here; larger Xerion tractor series cabs are produced externally and assembled locally at Harsewinkel.
CLAAS brand’s success can be traced back to its commitment to innovation from its very inception. August CLAAS’ inventiveness and unfaltering drive were crucial components in growing his straw binder business registered in Clarholz into what has now become an award-winning multibillion-dollar company.

Unlocking the Secrets of the CLAAS Factory in Harsewinkel?

Unlocking the Secrets of the CLAAS Factory in Harsewinkel?

Uncover the Secrets of the CLAAS Factory in Le Mans

CLAAS has invested significantly in its factory in Le Mans, which is two hours south of Paris. Here, they design and produce 105 models ranging from the 75hp Axos up to their flagship 460hp Xerion series. Originally opened by Renault Agriculture, CLAAS purchased it a few years later and upgraded their production equipment, dubbing it the Future Factory.
Automation plays an integral part in this production line’s operation, and each step in its processes is meticulously controlled – for instance, when an impact gun is used to attach wheels, torque, time, operator, and supplier are recorded so all parts can be traced back to their supplier. Furthermore, the main assembly line operates only one shift five days per week.
Over the last three years, Le Mans Factory has undergone significant investment totaling EUR80m, including full renewal of assembly equipment and digital transformation; as a result, this facility can now be considered among Europe’s most modern vehicle manufacturing plants.
The company has appropriately named this platform the ‘Future Factory.’ When designing new tractors, designers, and engineers are now able to consider customer customization requests early in the design phase using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform offered by this firm.
By employing this software, designers and engineers are now able to take customer requests into account even before creating a prototype, helping reduce production start up time significantly and increase vehicle production per day – ultimately increasing efficiency within their workforce and decreasing strain on its resources.
CLAAS Australia and Landpower employees attended the 100th Anniversary of Le Mans endurance car racing as part of an employee development trip organized by CLAAS in June this year. Guests visited CLAAS’ factory in Le Mans and had access to trackside grandstand seating as they took in all the action on trackside grandstand seating at this world-famous endurance race.

Uncover the Secrets of the CLAAS Factory in Le Mans

Uncover the Secrets of the CLAAS Factory in Le Mans

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