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Thursday 18 January 2018

The next generation of machines from Germany

Bruce Lett

Krone won one gold, for a baler, and four silver medals at Agritechnica

Last month I got a sneak preview of the next generation of Krone grass equipment in Germany.

Krone manufactures a broad range of equipment, from mowers right through to baler/wrapper combinations, silage wagons and self-propelled harvesters.

Dozens of innovative new developments, aimed at increasing capacity, cutting down on labour and increasing time efficiency were on show at the event near Spelle in north-west Germany.

As a guest of the German manufacturer and Irish distributor, Farmhand Ltd, I got to preview what the firm has to offer for next season and beyond.

While some of the products were on show at Agritechnica last November, the vast majority of machines on display had not been seen publicly before.

The Krone firm is divided into three divisions, employing 4,000 people in total. This figure includes a temporary pool of staff shared by other agricultural machinery manufacturers as and when the need arises.

The divisions include agricultural machinery design and manufacture as well as commercial (truck) trailer design and manufacture.

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The firm also holds one of the largest agricultural machinery dealerships in the country, with Krone and John Deere being its main franchises.

The latter sells around 400 John Deere tractors annually. The combined group of companies has a turnover of approximately €1.5bn with the agricultural manufacturing division accounting for around €500m.

Krone won one gold and four silver medals for its products at Agritechnica -- the gold for its non-stop combination round baler and wrapper.

Here's is a round-up of some of the new and improved kit on offer.

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