Archive for July, 2012

50 Quadtracs Come Together For Cancer Research

Monday, July 30th, 2012

• Fifty Case IH Quadtracs come together in one field
• High-hp tracked tractors converge on Lincs farm from as far away as Wilts and Aberdeenshire
• Cultivate land for almost eight minutes to set working record

Case IH Quadtrac owners from across the UK gave up one of the summer’s best harvest days to gather their machines in a single Lincolnshire field on July 28 and help raise more than £20,000 for Cancer Research UK, in the process setting a new Guinness World Record for the largest number of such tractors simultaneously at work.

The event was the brainchild of Neil Maddison and Helen Rainthorpe, of JJR Farms, based at Welton Cliff, near Lincoln. Tractor driver Mr Maddison has operated Quadtracs for JJR Farms for many years, and Miss Rainthorpe, after forgoing her career in teaching to manage her family’s business upon the premature death from cancer of her father, John, two years ago, decided with Mr Maddison upon a unique way of marking Mr Rainthorpe’s memory and raising funds for research into the disease.

Well-known for his forward thinking on using the latest technology to grow crops in a cost-effective yet environmentally-friendly way, Mr Rainthorpe was a keen proponent of the Case IH Quadtrac, well-known for its soil-protecting, fuel-efficient properties as the only pivot-steered, rubber-tracked, high-horsepower tractor available.

Because of her farm’s long-term involvement with Quadtracs and her father’s respect for the design, Miss Rainthorpe decided last year to create a working gathering of the machines, with the aim of raising funds from entrants and visitors to make a significant donation to Cancer Research UK. A programme of organisation, advertising and charity collection which began six months ago started the process of fundraising and signing up entrants, and this culminated in Saturday’s record gathering.

Fifty Quadtracs from as far afield as Wiltshire and Aberdeenshire were hauled to the site near the family farm, and lined up in an impressive array in front of over 3,000 visitors. At exactly 1.30pm, their drivers, each with their machine coupled to some form of cultivator, fired up their machines and travelled away from the crowds to the opposite end of the field, whereupon they turned, lowered their implements and powered towards their audience for seven minutes and 47 seconds in a wall of engine roar, blaring horns and blazing headlights.

That time total ensured a new entry into the Guinness Book of World Records, as adjudicated by a representative from the publisher, and Helen Rainthorpe was presented with a certificate to that effect. Each entrant was given a replica of the certificate, and 1/32 scale model Quadtracs were awarded by Case IH marketing manager Charles Blessley to the drivers of the oldest, highest-houred and furthest-travelled machines. With representative tractors from the earliest models of the mid 1990s up to the latest Quadtrac 600, the most powerful production tractor on the market, almost all variants from the Quadtrac’s 16-year history were in the 50-strong field.

“We were delighted to help Helen Rainthorpe with her idea and do what we could to help generate as much money as possible for a very important cause,” said Mr Blessley. “It was a fantastic day and a great tribute to all the hard work she has put in. To have Quadtrac owners travel from so far, and with such an array of machines, at such a busy time of year, is a great illustration of the generosity and spirit of the people involved in UK agriculture.”

Most importantly, donations from entrants and those visiting to watch the spectacle took the amount raised for Cancer Research UK to more than £20,000. Further information on the Quadtrac Record and the Cancer Research UK funds it was set up to raise can be found at

The New Massey Ferguson Skyline Cab For The Beta Combine Harvesters

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Massey Ferguson’s MF BETA five and six walker combine harvesters now come equipped with a completely new ‘Skyline’ cab and other new features to boost operator comfort and overall productivity.

The new Skyline cab brings the highest levels of vision, comfort and control to Massey Ferguson’s best-selling harvester range, providing a working environment and specifications normally only found on premium combines.

The Skyline cab interior provides an excellent workspace, superb visibility through noise-reducing glass, along with a totally new control arm console equipped with the new Powergrip controller. It is also fitted with a new Techtouch terminal that provides full monitoring and control along with automatic setting for multiple crops.

Equipped with state-of-the-art features and control systems the cab is manufactured using the highest quality materials. It not only looks good, but operators will also appreciate the quality ‘feel’. With its luxury features and unsurpassed levels of specification the Skyline sets the combine cab benchmark.

The Skyline cab will be standard for all 2013 season models in the Massey Ferguson Beta series combine harvesters, which includes the five-walker MF 7360 at 276hp* and the six-walker MF 7370 at 360hp**. Both are also available with the unique ParaLevel system that provides levelling on slopes up to 20%.

JCB Celebrates Engine Production Mileston

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

JCB has celebrated a significant manufacturing
milestone – the production of the 200,000th JCB Dieselmax engine.
The first JCB engine rolled off the
line in November 2004 at JCB Power Systems in Foston, Derbyshire, after
years of development and an £80 million investment.
The 200,000th JCB engine
milestone has been achieved with the production of 170,000 engines at JCB
Power Systems and 30,000 in India, where manufacturing began in April last
Director of Engine Programmes Alan
Tolley said: “Since 2004, the JCB Dieselmax engine has earned an unrivalled
reputation for reliability and durability in the off-highway sector. It
has also given JCB complete control over its destiny in powertrain technology.”
In 2006, two slightly modified Dieselmax
engines powered the JCB Dieselmax car to a diesel landspeed record of 350mph
on the Bonneville Salt Flats in the USA – a record that still stands today.
JCB engines are now fitted into more than 70 per cent of the machines JCB
manufactures as well as substantial numbers of third part products. JCB
Power Systems employs around 250 people.
JCB Engine

Same Deutz-Fahr

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

On 27th June SAME DEUTZ-FAHR organised an open day for major Croatian authorities to visit its combine manufacturing plant in Zupanja. Those attending included the President of the Republic of Croatia Ivo Josipović, the Minister of Agriculture Tihomir Jakovina, the Minister of Entrepreneurship and Crafts Gordan Maras and the Italian Ambassador of the Republic of Italy Emanuela D’Alessandro.
Welcoming the guests were SAME DEUTZ-FAHR’S President Vittorio Carozza, Vice-President Francesco Carozza, Chief Executive Officer Lodovico Bussolati and Group Communication Manager Ruggero Cavatorta, together with the Žetelice CEO Mario Scapin and the East Europe Sales Director Vlado Matijašić.
Acquired by SAME DEUTZ-FAHR Group in 2005, SAME DEUTZ-FAHR Zetelice has been restored and modernised, raising the investment in R&D from €0.06 million to €1.5 million and increasing the number of employees from 136 to 340.
The extensive modernisation of Zetelice has been carried out over the last six years and has resulted in an increased turnover- from €6.1 million to €44.5 million for 2012 (estimated). During the same period, combine production has increased from 102 to 350 units/year, most of which are exported in Europe.
“Building Deutz-Fahr combines in Croatia has been an important strategic decision.” says President Vittorio Carozza. “It was taken after intensive evaluations that convinced us that this country has the necessary competence, the optimal supports and the favourable conditions to construct such a complex product.”
Combines represent a concentration of advanced technologies which demand expertise and intense attention on each production stage – from planning to testing. The Zupanja plant is not only a production plant, but also an R&D centre dedicated especially to combines.
And this is why the plant is considered to be an example of great value for the Croatian territory, which is still experiencing a difficult situation after the war.
“The SAME DEUTZ-FAHR Žetelice plant is of great strategic value for Croatia,” comments Ivo Josipović, President of the Republic of Croatia. “Not only from the employment point of view, but above all, because SAME DEUTZ-FAHR has brought to our country the most evolved technologies of agricultural mechanisation, contributing at the same time to the creation of highly specialised technological knowledge.”
On the strength of these results, the SAME DEUTZ-FAHR Group considered it was important to share the success of the plant with Croatian authorities, a success rooted in Croatia that now allows

the production of one of the most advanced technologies in the harvesting segment – one which is appreciated and recognised in all European countries.
The meeting at Zetelice also confirmed agreements regarding the presence of the DEUTZ-FAHR brand as sponsor of the 59° Ploughing World Championship, which will take place ion Biograd na Moru from 7th to 16th September 2012.

John Deere Appoint Hanlon Machinery To Corver North County Dublin

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

John Deere dealer Hanlon Machinery of Dundalk, Co Louth is to open a new sales and service outlet to cover the North Co Dublin area, following the closure of Derek Plant Farm Machinery at Lusk.

“We have over 30 years of experience as a John Deere dealer and are delighted to be able to extend our support into the North Co Dublin area from our branch in Dundalk,” said sales manager Oisin Hanlon. “We are now finalising details on premises in the Lusk/Balbriggan area to give customers a local base.

“Noel Groves has been our main sales contact in the area since March, and we have already benefited from his experience and knowledge of the region. We will also be taking on further experienced staff so that we can continue to provide the best levels of sales, service and parts support to all existing and new customers.”

In addition to John Deere’s full line of agricultural equipment, including the new 6R, 7R and 8R Series tractors for 2012, Hanlon Machinery’s other key machinery franchises include HE-VA tillage equipment, Overum ploughs and Sulky fertiliser spreaders.

“This expansion of Hanlon Machinery into North Co Dublin is designed to provide continuity of support for our loyal and valued customers in the area,” added John Deere Limited division sales manager Edward Stephenson. “We are sure the knowledge and experience of the staff at Hanlon Machinery will deliver increased levels of support across the product range and maintain a strong and effective dealership presence for the future.”
Hanlon Machinery

Final demolition of AGCO’s Banner Lane, Coventry Tower Block marks the end of an era

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Six years after AGCO moved to its new European Office Facility at Abbey Park Stoneleigh in the UK, the Company’s long-time office block at Banner Lane, Coventry was demolished by its current owners, Persimmon Homes on 8 July.

“The Banner Lane tractor manufacturing plant which closed in 2003 and 16-storey office block at Coventry in the UK which we vacated in 2006, were very much part of the history of AGCO’s Massey Ferguson brand and its successful development over more than six decades,” said Richard Markwell, Massey Ferguson Vice-President and Managing Director Europe, Africa and Middle East (EAME).

“The Tower Block and the factory site at Coventry formed the centre of Massey Ferguson’s global operations for many years. They played an important part in the working lives of thousands of people, helping to drive the spirit and camaraderie of one of the world’s most famous farm machinery brands which continues to go from strength to strength,” he stated. “2011 was an exceptional year for Massey Ferguson with record results, a host of new product introductions and major sales growth.”

The demolition of the office block is part of Persimmon Homes ongoing redevelopment of the area which has already seen the construction of over 600 new homes with a further 400 properties expected to follow. The land will now form part of an area to be offered to Coventry City Council for the provision of a new school and playing field under the local authority’s confirmed planning agreement.

The Tower Block served the Banner Lane factory site and was occupied by Massey Ferguson and, latterly its parent company AGCO until 2006 when the company moved to a new home some eight miles (12 km) away at Abbey Park, Stoneleigh in Warwickshire. This followed the closure of the factory in 2003 and the consolidation of European tractor production onto AGCO’s manufacturing facility in Beauvais, France, now the site of the largest AGCO factory in Europe and the centre of Massey Ferguson’s Europe, Africa and Middle East operations.

“We can look back at the Banner Lane site with great respect and lasting memories of the role it played in our rich heritage and evolution – it is part of our DNA,” continued Mr Markwell. “While the Tower Block’s demolition is a poignant moment for all of us who have been associated with it, world economics, the markets we serve and indeed, the company along with its products have changed dramatically. As we develop and face different business challenges, like any successful business we adapt to changing environments and ensure that we can continue to grow. We are firmly established at our European Office facility at Abbey Park Stoneleigh, housed in 21st century purpose-built offices where we employ 500 people and which also includes our UK & Ireland Sales and Training Centre.”

“It is pleasing to know that the Banner Lane office block land is being considered as a site for a future school and that the housing development is providing the opportunity for people to get onto the property ladder for the first time. Once again the site will play its part in encouraging some highly positive developments,” he comments

The Tower Block was officially opened by Albert A Thornborough, the then President and Chief Executive Officer of Massey Ferguson Limited on 21 September 1966. At its peak, it housed 500 people including functions such as Sales and Marketing, Finance, IT, Customer Support and Human Resources. In order to accommodate the growing number of employees, the only way to build was up and it became an iconic part of the local skyline.

Massey Ferguson was acquired by the US-based AGCO Corporation in 1994 and remains one of the few truly global brands of farm machinery, distributing its renowned red tractors, combine harvesters and other farm equipment in up to 140 countries. Machines bearing the Massey Ferguson marque are produced at factories worldwide including France, Italy, United States, Brazil, Mexico, India, Pakistan, Japan and China.

“Today, Massey Ferguson has one of its strongest-ever machine line-ups with numerous international awards to our name. We continue to gain market share, providing straightforward, dependable equipment which farmers across the globe can rely on to produce and care for their vital crops and livestock,” says Richard Markwell.