Around 30 years ago, tractor manufacturer Valtra implemented a radical strategic change that resulted in the production of machinery that is amongst the most customisable in the world. Pretty much every Valtra tractor is unique, and a third of the approximately 9,000 Valtra tractors manufactured last year went through a customising studio called Unlimited. Now, for the first time, buyers can select STARCO dual wheels on their new tractor as part of this customisation process.
As of next month, the Valtra A Series tractor will be available with Continental tyres as original equipment. AGCO’s homologation of the Tractor70 and Tractor85 hands Continental its very first agricultural tyre original equipment approval since its return to the segment late last year. Continental agricultural tyres are already available from Valtra Unlimited Studio, the manufacturer’s in-house customisation workshop that fits accessories and equipment not available directly from the production line.
AGCO Corporation’s Fendt brand has granted Mitas an ‘A’ rating for its original equipment supply to the Fendt tractor plant in Marktoberdorf, Germany. The company has delivered Mitas Premium tyres to the factory since January 2015, the new brand serving as a substitute for the Continental agricultural tyres it previously shipped. In giving its rating, AGCO evaluated supplier quality, logistics, customer service and environmental protection – Mitas received the highest grade in all categories.
Honours went Mitas’ way at the AGCO EAME (Europe, Africa and Middle East) supplier day late last month, with the company on the receiving end of a Supplier of the Year 2015 award. The agricultural machinery manufacturer awarded Mitas in the Engineering & Innovation category for its work on the AirCell tyre, which forms a key part of the Fendt VarioGrip Pro system.
Several years ago, Mitas began cooperating with agricultural machinery manufacturer AGCO to develop an inner tyre that enables equipment operators to rapidly increase or decrease inflation levels in large agricultural tyres by as much as 1 bar. The tyre maker recently launched a product that can accommodate changes between field pressures of 0.8 bar and road pressures of 1.8 bar within just half a minute – more than ten times faster than current methods of inflation.
Trelleborg has been named AGCO 2015 ‘Best Quality Performance’ for China and also received the AGCO EAME 2015 ‘Supplier of the Year’ award in the “Logistics” category.
Paolo Pompei, president Agricultural & Forestry Tires at Trelleborg Wheel Systems, says: “This double recognition of Trelleborg as a partner to AGCO is an exceptional achievement for us and a testament to the commitment that we share with AGCO; to improve the efficiency, productivity and sustainability of future farming. We are extremely proud of these awards since they acknowledge the huge efforts Trelleborg is making to support joint-initiatives with AGCO.”
Trelleborg has been named as the official partner of AGCO’s Future Farm project. Launched with a ceremony in Lusaka in Zambia, on 27 May, AGCO’s Future Farm aims to develop a sustainable food production system and increase farming output by utilising Africa’s agricultural resources more effectively.