Is it possible to defend French agriculture without talking about tractors? France now ranks 3rd in the European agri-equipment industry. However, it must be said that most of the tractors and other equipment produced first serve the French market. Which is a good thing, but it would have to be that the tractors made in France could really make a name elsewhere than in France. With the support of farmers, the sector is expected to do well in the coming years.
We don’t have tractorists, but factories
In France, we do not really have tractor manufacturers, but rather tractor factories. Indeed, according to Axema, the union that brings together workers in the agri-equipment industry, France manufactures about 17% of the tractors that are produced in the the Union. Tractors made in France are mainly released from two factories: Claas (ex Renault) and Massey Ferguson (Agco Group). Created in 1960, the latter covers 30 hectares and employs more than 2600 employees.
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Today, the Massey Ferguson plant is positioned as the leading producer of tractors and agricultural equipment in France. We find the series MF5600, MF6600, MF7600 and MF8700.
Just bought a tractor. Now the proud owner of Massey Ferguson 240. Looking forward to trying my hand at a ploughing match or two later this year pic.twitter.com/xmqaazpylp
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Regarding the new MF4700 series, available on France Tractor, it must be said that the Beauvais site competes with several countries. Moreover, he was able to win the bet with productivity gains of up to 30% in 2010.
For Claas, she employs 700 people in Le Mans and produces almost all of its tractors. Over the previous 10 years, Claas has undoubtedly produced more than 100,000 tractors for an investment that reached 400 million euros.
Kubota, the third Made in France Factory
In the field of agroequipment, made in France is booming. A Japanese manufacturer decided, in partnership with Kubota, to launch the first European factory specializing in the manufacture of standard tractors. To this end, an investment of EUR 57 million will be made on an 11-hectare site. Opened since 2017, the plant now employs more than 140 people and will undoubtedly be equipped with an annual production capacity of 3000 tractors for the French, European and American markets. The new range that will produced will undoubtedly strengthen the brand’s position with farmers. Indeed, during 2014, Kubota had registered an increase of 6.5% on all powers.