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AGCO Announces Tier 4 Final/Stage IV Engine Strategy

Earlier today, AGCO announced its Tier 4 Final/Stage IV engine emissions strategy for its AGCO POWER diesel engines.  The updated after-treatment system will continue to offer an effective method for farmers to reduce emissions without compromising power, efficiency or fuel economy.AGCO POWER logo

Martin Richenhagen, Chairman, President and CEO of AGCO said, “Our objective was to develop emissions technologies that delivered a consistent solution for cleaner air while producing efficient options for farmers through to Final Tier 4 US and Stage IV EU. This was our focus when we introduced our e3 Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology in 2009 and continues to be our focus as we move to the next generation of emission reduction.”

AGCO will continue to use its proven e3 SCR technology in its AGCO POWER engines to address the needs of Tier 4 Final/Stage IV engine requirements. In select specific models, a small amount of cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (cEGR) will also be added in order to ensure emissions compliance while minimizing fluid consumption and improving power balance. AGCO has established leadership and experience with both SCR and cEGR from launching both technologies on tractors in Tier 3/Stage IIIa.

“AGCO knows this technology well. We were the first to launch SCR technology in the off-road market in North America and have many years of working experience with both emission reduction technologies,” commented Matt Rushing, Director of Product Management, Global Electronics and Global Engines at AGCO. AGCO has led the industry in the continued development and improvement of SCR technology and has worked with industry partners to establish the Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) and AdBlue® infrastructure to support SCR technology use.

AGCO has kept the customers’ needs paramount since launching its e3 SCR technology in 2009.  “We wanted to develop a solution that would bring farmer input costs down, allow us to increase power levels and lower fluid consumption – all while offering reliable emissions reduction technology,” added Mr. Rushing.

Customers can expect that there will not be any changes to the way that they operate and maintain their future Tier 4 Final/Stage IV AGCO equipment. AGCO POWER engines will operate efficiently delivering total fluid economy (diesel fuel and DEF) that will meet or exceed the same fluid consumption levels as in AGCO’s Tier 4i/Stage IIIb machines.

Mr. Richenhagen stated, “We are confident that this is the best solution for both our customers and the environment. At AGCO, we are proud to deliver compliance without compromise. Our e3 solution delivers exactly what modern agriculture demands — cleaner emissions, improved economics and reliable performance.”

AGCO Recognized for Global Learning Programs

AGCO has been recognized as a 2011 Champion of Learning by the American Society of Training and Development during Employee Learning Week. Georgia’s Governor, Nathan Deal, is recognizing the contributions of professionals who make the state’s highly skilled workforce a reality and declared December 5‐9, 2011 as Employee Learning Week in the state of Georgia. Employee Learning Week is the time dedicated annually to recognize organizations that are committed to learning. The Greater Atlanta Chapter of the American Society for Training & Development coordinated the observance as part of its efforts to promote awareness of workplace learning and performance.

“Businesses and organizations that are committed to creating a highly skilled workforce recognize the competitive advantage of employee education as skilled employees improve performance and productivity,” according to the proclamation signed by Governor Deal. “Continued employee learning develops individual and organizational knowledge and expertise.”

In 2011, AGCO invested more than $1MM to build the AGCO Global Learning Center, a 19,500 square foot state-of-the-art facility located in Duluth, Georgia, whose primary mission is to support and develop AGCO employees and AGCO dealers around the world. The AGCO Global Learning Center is home to AGCO Academy and AGCO University – “Champions of Learning” and Development initiatives.

The AGCO Global Learning Center grand opening in May 2011 welcomed several hundred people, including Nancy Harris, Mayor of Duluth, Georgia; Gary Black, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner, and staff from the University of Georgia School of Agriculture.

AGCO Academy and AGCO University were excited to participate for the first time in ASTD’s Employee Learning Week. During December 5 – 8, 2011, the AGCO Global Learning Center hosted Dealer Service Manager Training for AGCO dealers and employees from all over North America. The goal of the Dealer Service Manager Training is to provide participants with the skills to improve the profitability and productivity of their dealership and service department. This will be the largest event since the opening of the Global Learning Center and will also be celebrated by the presence of the AGCO Board of Directors.

AGCO’s 2011 learning story does not begin with the opening of the Global Learning Center. AGCO demonstrated a commitment to learning earlier in the year by hosting a five week National Training Event in Glendale, Arizona February 7 – March 10, 2011. More than 900 AGCO employees and dealers participated in one of five week-long sessions during this sales training event. Four learning tracks were offered based on varying levels of sales and management experience. Participants learned both in the classroom and hands on during field training sessions while engaging in individual and group activities.

As a result of a commitment to learning, ASTD’s Employee Learning Week and AGCO’s Dealer Service Manager Training have built momentum, put a foot on the accelerator and put learning and development initiatives on the move into 2012 and beyond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santa’s Official Tractor

Many many years ago, Santa realised that he needed a strong and reliable work machine. With so many varied tasks around his workshop and Santa Claus village, Santa decided that the best tractor the job is a custom-built Valtra.

Here’s how Santa tailored his tractor.

Read the complete story about how Valtra became the official tractor of Santa Claus at www.valtra.com/XMAS2011. There you also have a chance to win a trip to Santa’s and Valtra’s homecountry, Finland. (Terms and conditions apply)

 

Challenger MT700C track tractor walk-around – Agritechnica 2011

Gaston Haesen, Product Support Specialist for tracked tractors, gives us a tour of the Challenger MT700C. This is a tracked tractor which boasts more traction than wheeled tractors because of the long surface on the belt when in contact with the ground. The weight of this tractor is divided across the tracks which, as well as transferring power to the ground more efficiently results in less soil compaction.

Challenger VIP Used Equipment Program – Agritechnica 2011

Fran Van Asseldonk, Sales Used Equipment, introduces the new VIP (Vehicle Inspection Program) for Europe, Africa and the Middle East regions  at Agritechnica 2011. The VIP program was launched to help customers start a business with a used machine. Before buying a used machine, customers need to be certain that the specific machine has been checked and serviced and this is what the VIP service offers. Challenger will check, service then re-build the machine, giving it an extended warranty.

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