AGCO and MF toast 50 years at Beauvais plant
Published 14/12/2010 | 05:00
AGCO and Massey Ferguson are celebrating 50 years of tractor production at their Beauvais plant in France.
The firm has invested heavily in the plant for the future, according to AGCO's Richard Markwell.
"We are moving ahead strongly at Beauvais with €65m invested at the plant in the past five years alone," Mr Markwell said.
The plant currently employs 2,200 people at its 25ha facility and is AGCO's biggest plant in Europe. It is also the largest tractor manufacturer in France and the country's top exporter of farm machinery with close to 85pc of production at the plant exported to more than 140 countries.
In total, Massey Ferguson says that more than 820,000 tractors have been built at the Beauvais plant since the company started production there in 1960.
Back then, the first tractor built at the plant was the 25hp MF825, a model unfamiliar to our shores.
Today, the Beauvais facility is responsible for the design and production of four MF tractor ranges, the MF 5400, MF 6400, MF 7400 and MF 8600 series, with horsepowers of 82-370hp.
The MF brand accounts for more than a third of AGCO's sales and the future of the French plant appears safe, according to Mr Markwell.