It all began with hay: The first products to be made by the CLAAS
brothers’ company in Harsewinkel were hay balers which used
a new knotting device so that bales of hay could be automatically
bound for transport back to the barn.
1921, August CLAAS obtained his first patent for a
design that enabled more reliable binding, and it was this knotter
that became the company logo.
Subsequent baling developments ranged from pickup balers with feeder
tines to the MARKANT high-pressure balers, clear proof of the long
baler tradition at CLAAS.
In 1976 - exactly 30 years ago - CLAAS introduced the
ROLLANT round baler. Unlike other models, the baling chamber used
robust steel rollers, which for baling silage proved to be a distinct
advantage, as has been borne out by the ROLLANT’s market
leadership among fixed chamber balers.
Numerous innovations - spiral chamber, net binding, ROTO
CUT chopping system, MPS baling chamber, and so on - have
been integrated into the ROLLANT over the past 30 years. In addition,
the development of the UNIWRAP bale/wrapper combination has resulted
in considerable demand for those wanting to make baling and wrapping
a one man operation.
At the end of the Nineties, the company invested heavily in its
baler factory in Metz, where all CLAAS balers are developed and
manufactured. This investment provides CLAAS with ultra modern
production facilities and optimum production processes. In the
anniversary year of 2006, the 80,000th ROLLANT round baler will
leave the assembly line in Metz, and CLAAS sales partners will
be organizing numerous campaigns to mark the anniversary.
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