AGCO to develop

AGCO HAS CONFIRMED plans to close its plant in Denmark and increase Western European combine harvester production at its Joint Venture harvesting manufacturing facility in Breganze, Italy. The move is part of AGCO’s long-term strategy to accelerate the development of its harvesting equipment operations and reinforce the extension of its combine ranges in Europe.

The facility in Italy has been manufacturing combines for AGCO’s Massey Ferguson, Fendt and Challenger brands for distribution in Europe, Africa and the Middle East since 2004. “The manufacturing assembly and supply from a single facility will bring even stronger focus and continuity to our combine operations and afford more effective utilisation of capacity, greater efficiencies and increased competitiveness,” says Gary Collar, Senior Vice President, General Manager AGCO EAME / ANZ.

Recent major investments have seen a complete reorganisation of the supply chain and production process including the installation of robot welding and automatic laser cutting equipment.

On completion of the transition, Breganze will produce a full range of combines including 5, 6, and 8-walker machines, as well as the brand new Hybrid combine, previewed at Agritechnica in November 2009 where it was awarded the coveted Machine of the Year award. Initial production of the hybrid combine for the 2010 demonstration programme will take place in Randers and full serial production will follow in Breganze for the 2011 season.

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