7 June 1996

Deutz centralises plant

SAME Deutz-Fahr has announced plans to rationalise its German operation.

The Italian machinery giant, which also builds Lamborghini and Hurlimann products, currently runs two Deutz factories in Germany – a tractor plant in Cologne and a combine facility in Lauingen.

But by the end of 1996 all Deutz Agrotron tractor production will switch to the massive combine plant at Lauingen in southern Germany, and the Cologne factory will close.

Cost reduction explains the change. Overheads at the 6500-tractor a year Cologne site are about the same as those of the groups Italian factory at Treviglio, where almost three times as many tractors roll off the line. Obviously, those Cologne costs could not be maintained.

According to Watveare, Deutz-Fahrs UK importer, Deutz tractor design and UK distribution will be unaffected by the change.

"The Agrotron tractors may be built in a different place, but the UK farmer is not going to notice any change," says Watveares Andy Delaney.

&#8226 By the start of 1997 Same Deutz-Fahr will have three European tractor plants – one in Germany, one in Poland and, the biggest of the three, the Treviglio factory in Italy.