Finnish ice hockey players Antti Pihlström, Jarkko Immonen and Jyrki Välivaara recently visited Valtra’s factory in Suolahti. The three players are part of the Finnish National Ice Hockey team that won the 2011 IIHF World Men’s Championship in Slovakia in May.
The “dude”, nickname for the world championship trophy, also made an appearance at the factory. Valtra staff was invited for a meet and greet with the players. Many used the opportunity to congratulate them in person and for a photo opportunity with the Finnish heroes.
Jarkko Immonen, forward and championship’s top scorer, continues to be amazed at the reception the team is receiving throughout the country. Likewise, the visit to Valtra was a positive experience for the players. For defense Jyrki Välivaara, the factory also proved a place of happy memories. In 2009 he had successfully completed a week-long internship at the assembly plant. “I wonder how many of the tractors I built then have since been returned to the factory”, he jokingly commented his experience.
Pihlström, Immonen and Välivaara have close ties to Central Finland and Valtra. During the 2008-09 season they won the Finnish ice hockey championships while playing for Jyväskylä-based ice hockey team JYP. Valtra has been the main sponsor of JYP since 2004.
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A 1:5 model of Valtra’s visionary ANTS concept has been touring Europe since its introduction in January. After appearing at exhibitions in France, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, the next tour stops will take ANTS to Agrisjå in Norway (26-28 Aug), Koneagria in Finland (19-22 Oct) and Agritechnica in Germany (13-19 Nov).
The Valtra factory in Suolahti (Finland) is not only the northernmost tractor factory in the world but also a very popular place to visit.
Each year around 10,000 Valtra-fans, friends and farmers from around the world visit Valtra to see how individually customized Valtra tractors are being manufactured. 3,000 of them actually follow the invitation to watch “the birth” of their very own tractor on the assembly line.
Have you or someone close to you visited the Valtra tractor factory in Suolahti? How did you find the visit and the experience? What was the most memorable about the visit?
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Valtra’s T Series models with the new SCR engines now come with a colour display on the driver’s armrest. The display has separate day and night settings. The daytime setting allows the information to be viewed even in bright sunlight, whereas at night the display is not too bright for the eyes.
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Valtra’s patented ARM armrest also has other new features. The joystick on the armrest can now be used to control the front or rear hydraulics, or both. The PTO and 4WD switches are now also on the armrest. In addition, it is now possible to make changes to programmes stored in the U-Pilot Headland Management System when the tractor is standing still.
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The popular A Series from Valtra enters the HiTech era. The new electronic HiTech forward-reverse shuttle that is now available on the A Series is closely related to Valtra’s traditional shuttle feature, which is widely considered the best on the market. The smooth and precise shuttle is a big advantage when performing front-loader tasks. The system also features an integrated handbrake, further enhancing convenience and safety.
Together with the electronic shuttle the A Series gets a dual-speed PTO controlled by a hydraulic multidisc clutch. The PTO is operated by simple switches, and the hydraulics offer smooth engagement. Control switches can also be optionally specified in the rear mudguard.
The new A Series tractors are powered by AGCO Sisu Power 3.3-litre common rail engines. A viscous fan and common rail fuel injection reduce both noise and fuel consumption. With the introduction of electronic engine management, the A Series is now also available with cruise control. Other new electronic features are available for operating the front linkage and transmission. Valtra’s electronic Autocontrol front linkage is extremely precise, and switches for raising and lowering the linkage can be found in both rear mudguards. Valtra’s unique Autotraction feature and automated 4WD system are ideal for tasks that require repeated stopping and starting. The options list also includes electronic Proline dials that provide a wide range of information.
Driver comfort has been taken to a new level. Noise levels in the cab have been further reduced, and the cab itself has been comprehensively updated. The suspended pedals, including electronic clutch and gas pedals, are easy to operate even with heavy boots. Entering the cab is now easier thanks to wider access. The adjustability of the steering wheel and driver’s seat has also been improved. Customers no longer need to specify a forest cab, as the redesigned cab offers a more even floor. For forest tasks the cab can be specified with a gas pedal in the rear and a rear window designed for a loader valve.
Have you already seen the new Valtra A HiTech Series live?