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Wednesday 21 March 2018

AGCO and MF toast 50 years at Beauvais plant

The Beauvais plant has produced 820,000 tractors since it opened in 1960 and has 2,200 workers
The Beauvais plant has produced 820,000 tractors since it opened in 1960 and has 2,200 workers

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.

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"Tractor production levels have stabilised satisfactorily in line with our forecasts over the past six months," he said.

"Current production is running at some 82 units a day -- or one tractor every five minutes."


This facilitates more growth at the Beauvais plant, Mr Markwell confirmed.

"Further substantial sums are earmarked for more significant developments in 2011."

At the celebrations, around 4,000 employees and their families attended an open day at the Beauvais plant.

"Beauvais is the home of Massey Ferguson tractors in Europe and we are proud to be celebrating 50 years' successful operation at the site," said Mr Markwell.

"As farm machinery markets recover from the global recession, we are fully-geared up to meet growing demand, and are looking forward to a great future ahead."

Irish Independent

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