World's finest make their mark at sector's showpiece
Globe's leading manufacturers descend on Hanover to launch their newest ranges onto market
Published 23/11/2011 | 06:00
Machinery dealers, buyers, manufacturers and contractors from across Europe flocked to Hanover, Germany, for last week's Agritechnica.
Held every second year, the event is one of the largest indoor agricultural machinery shows in the world. Manufacturers come from all over the globe to display their wares for what is truly an international business fair.
This year, many of the tractor launches were driven by emission regulation and this was also evident among the many engine suppliers exhibiting at the event.
It was the ideal opportunity to get your head around the various emission technologies, of which there are two main paths SCR (AdBlue) or EGR with a diesel particulate filter.
There were many cut-away exhibits of both technologies so visitors could peer into their innards and expand their knowledge of exhaust emission control.
There were also alternative low-emission routes being explored and developed by manufacturers, with Valtra and Steyr exploring various biogas routes and New Holland displaying its second-generation hydrogen cell tractor.
In terms of conventional agricultural machinery, everything was found there, whether big, small, complex, simple, humble or huge. There was something to whet everyone's palate.
This year, more than 400,000 visitors were expected to descend on the venue over the past seven days, and I was one of many to travel from Ireland.