The readers of the agricultural trade magazines “Schweizer Bauer”, “Schweizer Landtechnik” and “Terre&Nature” have voted the Fendt 828 Vario “Tractor of the Year”.
The 260-hp tractor (Category 3, 126 hp and up) received nine percent of the votes, which was the best result. The 110-hp 312 Vario, also a tractor from Fendt, took second place. “We are very pleased with this result,” said Werner Müller, GVS Agrar AG Sales Manager for Fendt Tractors, at the awards ceremony in Schaffhausen. The fact that Fendt took both first and second place confirms the excellent image that the tractor brand has with farmers. There is also great interest in the 828 Vario in Switzerland. “Last year, the 828 was presented to the public for the first time, in September the tractor went into production in the Fendt works in Marktoberdorf, and in the spring the first models were already delivered to customers,” explains Müller.
Altogether 49 standard tractors in three horsepower categories, 8 mountain tractors, 13 yard loaders and 12 telescopic loaders were included in the competition for the Tractor of the Year, which took place shortly before the Agrama last November.
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Series production starts at the factory in Hohenmölsen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Fendt celebrated the completion of the first two Fendt Katana 65 pilot production machines on 4 May 2011. After three years of intensive development work, the first Fendt forage harvesters have now left the new manufacturing facilities in Hohenmölsen and have already been delivered to the first customers.
Since the Fendt Katana 65 was first presented to the public at the Fendt Field Day in Wadenbrunn last year, development of the Fendt forage harvester has continued to move forward intensively. “The Fendt development team has done outstanding work and has realised the ambitious goals. I am convinced that the Fendt Katana 65 sets new standards and will convince buyers with its numerous technical details,” said Peter-Josef Paffen, Spokesman for Fendt at the ceremony. “Buyers can expect the forage harvester also meets the high demands Fendt typically puts on quality and efficiency. The Fendt Efficient Technology philosophy also applies here: More from less, which means “harvest more with less energy requirement”. Now we will prove this to customers,” emphasised Paffen.
The powerful 650-hp Fendt Katana 65 is powered by a 16-litre Mercedes-Benz V8 engine, which features the fuel-saving SCR technology. The Fendt Katana 65 not only sets a new benchmark with the 720-mm diameter chopping drum, which is currently the largest available on the market, but Fendt also takes a completely different path than competitors in the design of the corn cracker. The completely new cab, developed especially for the forage harvester, features the same operating concept as the Vario tractors and thus meets the highest demands. The standard-equipped rear axle suspension also guarantees ride comfort customer come to expect as high Fendt standards.
The Fendt forage harvester will be produced at the new AGCO production site in Hohenmölsen. The manufacturing facilities have been one of the four German locations of AGCO since July 2009. More than 80 employees are now at work on the 42-hectare site in the south of Saxony-Anhalt. In addition to forage harvesters, the heavy plate parts for the tractor factory in Marktoberdorf are also manufactured there.
Have you seen the Fendt Katana 65 in action yet?
PowerMix test results confirm SCR technology
When implementing emissions stage 3b (Tier IV interim), Fendt also made economy a top priority and presented the first tractors, the new 800 Vario series, with the fuel-efficient SCR technology. Now the 828 Vario has gone through the PowerMix test at the DLG Test Centre and the results impressively confirm its fuel efficiency: the 828 Vario with 280 hp achieved an unprecedented low value of just 245 g/kWh.
When the first PowerMix tests were performed in 2005, values of 280 g/kWh were considered outstanding. Three years ago Fendt succeeded, as many times before, in setting a new benchmark: the 936 Vario achieved a result of 261 g/kWh. With the current results from the DLG Test Centre, Fendt presents another record-setting result: with 245 g/kWh, the 828 Vario sets a new world record and thus consumes 56 g/kWh less fuel than the average of all tractors tested in the PowerMix (Profi trade magazine) so far. This result can be attributed to the combination of Fendt Efficient Technology and the fuel-efficient SCR technology, in which the exhaust gas is after-treated with AdBlue urea solution. Despite reduced nitrogen oxide and particulate matter emissions, both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions can be reduced significantly using this technology. In this way, Fendt succeeds in implementing the current emission standard, while achieving “More from Less”, in keeping with the Fendt Efficient Technology philosophy.
Do you have a Fendt 828 vario? Do you see a significant change in your fuel consumption?
In mid-January, this year’s DLG (German Agricultural Society) trainees visited Fendt in Marktoberdorf. A full programme gave the trainees the opportunity to take a closer look at the Fendt brand.
The corporate structure, mission and philosophy of the Fendt brand were the focus of the discussion with Peter-Josef Paffen, Spokesman for the Fendt Management. Roland Schmidt, Fendt Marketing Director, who went through the DLG-trainee programme before he began his career at Fendt, informed the trainees about the tasks and challenges in the area of marketing, and further topics, such as “Prospects at Fendt” and a tour of the factory rounded out the visit. The trainees made good use of the opportunity to learn more about Fendt and discovered that a total of 25 Fendt tractors were at work on their farms at home.
The DLG trainee program was founded in 1997 with the aim of training young people for management and executive positions in the agricultural industry. Every year since then, 15 to 20 university and college graduates from the agricultural sector go through the nine-month programme. In addition to the seminar weeks, in which topics such as personnel management or policy management are on the agenda, there are also two three-month company internships, which focus on training. These internships can be selected from a pool of over 160 companies in the upstream and downstream areas of the agricultural sector and numerous farming businesses. Fendt has been a partner of this programme from the very beginning.
Have you ever visited one of the AGCO manufacturing locations?
Fendt is perceived by farmers as a company with exceptional excellence and innovative power and received top ratings for advertising and company presentation. These results confirm that the Fendt philosophy – to generate the best possible benefits for the customer through the implementation of the newest and most efficient technology – is right on the mark.
This is the 15th time that the DLG has commissioned a market research institute to survey leading farmers on the image of companies within the agricultural industry. This year Fendt claimed first place in the area of agricultural engineering for the eleventh time. Earning 99.8 points out of 100, Fendt increased both the margin to the runner up as well as the total number of points over the previous year and is now only 0.2 points away from the highest number of points possible. The goal for the upcoming year is to move even closer to the maximum number of points and to defend the top position.
Do you think Fendt will be number 1 again in 2011?