NEW HOLLAND
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NEW HOLLAND HISTORY

NEW HOLLAND HISTORY

A long history          

1895 

Abe Zimmerman began in an equipment repair shop in 1895 in New Holland, Pennsylvania, USA, which is where our name comes from. In the same year, Alexandre Braud introduced stationary threshers to farmers in western France.

1903 

Zimmerman started the New Holland Machine Company and was producing agricultural products, including a feed mill, to help the farming community around him.

1900s 

In the early 1900s, Henry Ford had just started his automobile company in Detroit. Ford, whose mass-production methods revolutionised the automobile industry, also saw an opportunity to mass-produce tractors.

1906

Leon Claeys, a Belgian mechanic, started to build threshing machines, and in 1909 built his 
factory in Zedelgem, Belgium, where our factory still stands today.

1907

Ford came out with the prototype for the world’s first mass produced, gasoline powered tractor, named an ‘automobile plow’.

1917

This tractor went into actual production. It was renamed the Fordson Model F, and produced by a new business, Henry Ford & Son Company.



1918

Fiat Model 702 tractor was launched and went into full production a year later at the car and truck plant in Turin, and won the International Ploughing Contest in Senlis (France). Model 702 was the very first Fiat agricultural tractor, as well as the first Italian tractor to be built on an industrial scale.


1930s 

Fiat’s founder, Senator Giovanni Agnelli, wanted his tractor to become an integral part of Italy’s agriculture and so he began an association with the Italian agricultural co-operatives.

1939

Ford introduced the 3-point hitch on the ‘N’ tractor Series: one of the most successful tractor families ever.

1947

The company changed its name into Sperry New Holland and the same year it made a major breakthrough in hay harvesting technology with the introduction of the haybine mower-conditioner.

1950s 

In the late 1950s, production of two new Fiat models, Model 18 “La Piccola” and the 411 brought Fiat tractors true international success.

1960s 

By the 1960s, Claeys was one of the biggest combine manufacturers in Europe.

1964

Sperry New Holland bought a major interest in Claeys.

1973

Fiat 640, the most sold tractor of the famous Fiat “Nastro Oro” Series, was launched. An international success that still continues today.

1974

Sperry New Holland introduced the world’s first twin-rotor combine: a winning idea, still leading the industry today.

1975

Braud launched his first grape harvester, model 1020. This was further improved with the famous Braud 1014, the best selling grape harvester in the history of the vineyard, with over 2000 units sold in less than four years.

1970s

By the end of the 1970s, Fiat Trattori was selling to 140 countries around the world.

1980s

Ford was a major player and its tractor division had been responsible for a number of industry innovations, including the use of power hydraulics, rubber pneumatic tyres, diesel engines, and the 3-point hitch.

1986

Ford bought Sperry New Holland and formed Ford New Holland Inc.

1991

Fiat, who had acquired Braud, purchased an 80 per cent interest in Ford New Holland and the full integration process was completed at the official launch of New Holland at our worldwide convention in 1994. Under the ownership of Fiat, - through CNH, the sector born in 1999 from the merger between New Holland N.V. e Case Corporation -  it gained access to unprecedented resources, which enabled  the company to follow an aggressive plan of product renewal and take its customer service to a new level.

Today

New Holland is a world leading agricultural equipment brand, offering the widest range of tractors and harvesters to suit the needs of every farmer and contractor on Earth. It’s one of the most awarded brands for ground-breaking technology. And, most of all, New Holland is the innovative, dynamic and smart partner, people who cultivate a new idea of agriculture can always rely on.


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