Claas Shareholders, management and employees gathered together at the company’s Harsevinkel headquarters to commemorate the production of the company’s 450,000th combine harvester.
Iconic German combine manufacturer Claas produce four different models at their Harsevinkel plant near Munster; the Lexion, the Tucano, the Avero and the Dominator.
To date the company has produced 42,800 of its top-of-the-range Lexion models. Already, the harvesting capacity of the Lexion combine has doubled since production began in 1995.
The first Lexion 480 could harvest 40 tons of wheat per hour. A new world record was set in 2011 when the Claas Lexion 770 Terra Trac achieved incredible harvesting rates of over 120 tons per hour.
The Claas Tucano, also manufactured at Harsevinkel since 2008, is affectionately dubbed the ‘little brother’ of the Lexion. The Tucano is aimed at the premium end of the upper to mid-range of the combine harvester market. Claas recently celebrated production of the company’s 10,000th Tucano combine harvester.
The Tucano and Lexion are part-assembled in Germany and shipped in containers before final assembly in either Omaha, Nebraska (Lexion) or Krasnodar, Russia (Tucano).
Designed to operate on small and medium-sized farms, the Avero and Dominator are the most compact combines manufactured by Claas at the Harsevinkel plant.
Claas, a family run firm founded in 1913, are currently the European market leaders in combine harvester manufacturing.