The contract states that the company shall be awarded the official status of "Russian manufacturer", and will therefore be eligible for the same state subsidies for its combine harvesters as local producers. An initial letter of intent was previously signed last November during the Agritechnica in Hannover.
The Russian Minister of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov (left) and Dr. Ralf Bendisch (General Director of CLAAS Krasnodar) are signing the special investment contract.
"The Russian agricultural sector has a truly promising future. This contract now makes state-of-the-art agricultural machinery affordable for Russian businesses", explains Lothar Kriszun, Spokesman of the CLAAS Executive Board.
Demand for efficient harvesting technologies remains high. In Russia, only 72 million hectares of land are currently used for agriculture. This is although 122 million hectares in total would be suitable as farmland.
Further highlighting its commitment to the country, CLAAS opened an additional production line at its Krasnodar facility in October 2015, which cost roughly €120 million. The new production space is around nine times larger than the former factory, and now covers about 45,000 square metres. This means that production volumes will increase to as much as 2,500 combine harvesters and tractors per year. The technological exclusivity, with vertical penetration similar to the CLAAS home plant in Harsewinkel, will also allow companies outside the industry to be supplied. CLAAS started exporting second-hand machines through its first local dealers in 1992. This was followed by new machines and the first Russian employees, who were responsible for training and servicing. In 2005 CLAAS became the first foreign manufacturer of agricultural machinery to maintain its own production facilities in Russia; some €20 million were invested at the time.
It's a small detail with a big effect: CLAAS EnterNet is an adhesive grip that gathers the end of the net wrap into a narrow handle, so users no longer have to feed the entire width of the net into the baler. This saves time and results in a uniform, seamless feed of the baling net wrap. This new feature is offered exclusively for CLAAS net wrap and is already integrated into all CLAAS ROLLATEX and ROLLATEX PRO net wrap at the factory. CLAAS net wrap with EnterNet is available internationally from CLAAS sales partners.
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30,000 operating hours – CLAAS telescopic loader reaches a milestone
A CLAAS RANGER 928 owned by the agricultural production cooperative Langeln eG, located west of Magdeburg, has proved its stamina: The telescopic loader has managed to achieve the impressive figure of 30,000 operating hours and will continue to serve as an aid to the agricultural production cooperative in its buildings.
Manufactured in 2000, the telescopic loader, made its way to the Harz mountains via the former distribution partner CLAAS Derenburg and was used on an almost daily basis. In addition to loading manure, straw and feed, its main tasks also included various types of construction work as well as the handling of grain and silage. "Even in the beginning it was already working up to 2,500 hours in a year," recalls Lothar König, technical director of the agricultural production cooperative which farms around 1,100 hectares, on which they grow crops as well as raising 1,100 cattle. The 105 h.p. telescopic loader is used for a wide variety of purposes. Lothar König also now uses the loader for smaller "age-appropriate" tasks in the barn passages and around the site of the business operation.
"CLAAS has been working with Telescopic Forklift technology specified for agricultural use for over 22 years but 30,000 operating hours is unparalleled," emphasises Norbert Täufer, telescopic loader product manager for the CLAAS distribution company, “this is rarely accomplished by a telescopic loader still on its original engine." Lothar König explains that other parts of the RANGER have been updated in the interim, including new axles and gears, and the windscreen and doors were also replaced. However, the loader's core has survived the 30,000 operating hour marathon.
The CLAAS RANGER 928 Plus in use on the farm.
Production of the RANGER for CLAAS in Grantham, England started in 1994. The first models to appear on the market were the RANGER 907, 907 T and 911 T. Up until 2000, the RANGER was manufactured in a range of different versions before it was replaced, firstly by the TARGO, then finally by the SCORPION in 2006. The agricultural production cooperative in Langeln has been working with CLAAS telescopic loaders for a number of years. Some eleven machines have been employed prior to now. In addition to the record holding RANGER 928, Langeln eG also now run a younger SCORPION 9055, currently the largest telescopic loader made by CLAAS.
The telescopic loader reached the 10,000-hour mark in 2004, whilst on its way to completing 30,000 operating hours. This anniversary was celebrated by (from left) Wilhelm Kambach (former CLAAS regional manager), Joachim Becker (former cooperative director), Stefan Koepke (former driver), Norbert Täufer (CVG telescopic loader product management), Lothar König (Cooperative technical director) and Dieter Kastner † (CLAAS Derenburg).
„The buyers, connected with Ergocast Guss GmbH, will take over all shares in the foundry business. The parties have agreed confidentiality in respect to the contractual details.
“We firmly believe that not only will CLAAS GUSS find a new home, it will also acquire good prospects for the future within a larger foundry group. It will remain an important supplier for us, even under its new ownership”, says Lothar Kriszun, Spokesman of the CLAAS Executive Board.
CLAAS GUSS is one of the leading foundries in Germany. Founded 1948, the company has a long tradition as a jobbing foundry. Employing a workforce of approximately 400, CLAAS GUSS has production sites in Gütersloh, Bad Saulgau in Swabia and Nortorf in Schleswig-Holstein. The company has already made huge efforts to develop new business and to reduce costs in a competitive environment characterised by overcapacity, spiralling internationalisation and industry-wide consolidation.
“The companies produce complementary ranges. Both sides will benefit from real synergies in terms of market development, business development and shared resources. The combined industry experience of the new owners and the synergy emerging in the new group will ensure that efforts undertaken so far will continue, and that they will make the company fit for the future”, explains Karlheinz Kalze, Managing Director of CLAAS GUSS GmbH, where he will remain part of the team.
The sister company Ergocast Cast GmbH, located in Jünkerath in the Rhineland-Palatinate, was founded in 1687 and was part of the Mannesmann group until 2000. The company supplies major castings for power plant turbines, mechanical engineering, drive technology and hydraulics. Ergocast, like CLAAS GUSS, produces machine-shaped and hand-moulded castings up to 70 tons.
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CLAAS presents the latest Smart Farming technology
CLAAS will be showcasing its newest farming technology, designs and developments again this year at the DLG Field Days (14.-16. June 2016 in Haßfurt/Germany, booth No VA 34, GA 10). The main attraction will be current applications in the field of Smart Farming.
Potential applications and functionality will be presented and demonstrated using practical examples. These include site-specific soil treatment, the operation of automatic steering systems, machine monitoring and management as well as assessment and use of data for field catalogues.
Online application with CROP SENSOR ISARIA
A CROP SENSOR ISARIA will be run on rails through a winter barley field at the CLAAS stand to demonstrate the practical functionality of plot-specific fertilisation. While travelling over the field, the sensor measures green leaf intensity and the crop density to then calculate the current nitrogen requirements for the particular parcels. Visitors will have a live experience of how the sensor directly controls the slide opening of the attached fertiliser spreader and opens it wider or closes it depending on the calculated requirement. The system can also be used for pest management.
Control ISO-Bus Machines with iPad
Visitors can also become acquainted with the newly developed “EASY on board App” and its potential applications at the CLAAS stand. The app makes it possible to operate the basic functions of ISO-Bus machines using an iPad. This includes, for example, controlling tractor and machine parameters or detecting malfunctions.
The FLEET VIEW application is another innovation presented by CLAAS. The application makes it possible to coordinate grain transport during harvesting, saving time and money. All of the drivers in a logistics chain are continuously informed by smartphone or tablet PC regarding the position and grain fill levels of the combine harvesters in the fleet. This information helps a driver to immediately decide which combine harvester they should empty next and which route they should set for it.
Live Demonstration of the CLAAS TELEMATICS solution
A live demonstration awaits visitors at the presentation of the completely redesigned CLAAS TELEMATICS solution. The practical advantages of the available TELEMATICS versions are demonstrated using two tractors and fertiliser spreaders. For example, contractors can use the app to optimise fleet management in a running work process via mobile end terminals or detect and quickly react to standstill times in real time. Spreader data can even be captured using the TONI function. The system therefore offers optimal data transparency and security for documentation and internal controlling purposes.
There will also be a live demonstration of the well proven CLAAS GPS steering systems. A tractor that navigates a slalom course using an RTK steering system will be on display at the CLAAS stand. Visitors can also obtain information regarding the specific CLAAS RTK correction data network available for their region.
S10 Terminal for Professional Users
CLAAS will also present the S10 Terminal for professional users with all of its extended functions and updates. Steering systems and ISOBUS attachments can be operated, and up to four analogue cameras displayed using the S10's high-resolution 10.4" touchscreen. The terminal also provides comprehensive reference line management. New modern features round out the offering, such as SECTION CONTROL, with which any overlaps of the ISOBUS attachments can be avoided, as well as ISOBUS Task Management.
Visitors at the booth can also explore current CLAAS AGROCOM crop cultivation software solutions. Highlights include the newest applications for generating plot catalogues and mobile data logging.