Massey Ferguson

The roots of Massey Ferguson lays in the Canadian Massey Harris Company Limited and the British company Harry Ferguson. In 1953 this two companies united to Massey Harris Ferguson (since 1958 Massey Ferguson). In 1957 branch offices in Paris and in the German town Eschwege opened its gates. In 1958 a cooperation with the diesel engine producer F. Perkins Limited started. Furthermore the Standard Motor Company Limited was assumed. This company included the factory in Banner Lane, Coventry (England), which became one year later the headquarters for the activities in Great Britain.
In the beginning of the 1960s another factory was founded in Beauvais (France). Also the Italian companies Landini Tractor and Figli SpA was bought up. In 1962 they invented the Multipower Gearbox. This power shift transmission was the first of its kind in industry history.
In the 1970s they started to comply with the demand on heavier tractors for big farms and harvest companies. In addition the in North America developed series was equipped with special extras like integrated air conditioning. At the same time they started to produce environment-friendly engines. In 1973 the German tractor producer Eicher was assumed completely. In 1976 the Safety-cabin was launched for the new tractor models.
The beginning 1980s were hard times for the agricultural distribution sector. But Massey Ferguson possessed one of the biggest selling networks. So they braved the bad situation and stayed the biggest tractor producer of the Western civilisation. In 1984 lots of models were equipped with the Powershuttle. This invention had an electronic control and allowed an easier shifting between the forward and the reverse gear. Furthermore new special tractors for the viniculture, the orcharding and the vegetable gardening were developed. In 1986 the companies name changed to Varity, but the agricultural sector kept the name Massey Ferguson.
In the beginning of the 1990s the headquarters moved from Canada to New York (USA). In 1994 the agricultural sector Massey Ferguson was bought up by the American ARGO Corporation, but without the engine division Perkins.
In 2001 extras like quadlink mounting and autopilot were added on different tractor models. In 2002 the factory in Banner Lane, Coventry (England) had to close. In 56 years 3.307.996 tractors had been produced here. In 2003 the noise level inside the tractor cabin could be reduced to 71 dB(A). In 2008 Massey Ferguson celebrated its 50 years lasting existence. At this particular time 85 tractor models were offered.

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