Company history

The CLAAS success story.

Many companies have a history – and some of them have also made history. But only a select few have had such a sustained influence on the history of international agriculture as CLAAS.

Company history

The CLAAS success story.

Many companies have a history – and some of them have also made history. But only a select few have had such a sustained influence on the history of international agriculture as CLAAS.

1946 – 1969: Development into a combine harvester specialist.

CLAAS SUPER

1946

The new CLAAS SUPER combined cross-axial flow combine harvester was launched. In the SUPER, the grains are threshed in a cross-flow, then conveyed out of the machine in a longitudinal flow. Customers were most impressed by the high performance of the new CLAAS combine harvester and by the revolutionary lightweight construction. Up until production was discontinued in 1978, more than 65,000 units of this combine series had been produced.

CLAAS SF

1953

Presentation of the first self-propelled CLAAS combine harvester HERCULES, later known as the SF. The CLAAS SF operated with a longitudinal flow system, and laid the foundations for the later models of self-propelled combines, MATADOR, SENATOR, and MERCATOR.

CLAAS HUCKEPACK as attachment carrier

1956

Opening of a factory in Paderborn for the manufacture of drive and hydraulic system components. The new factory was the third CLAAS location after Harsewinkel and the Christopherus-Hütte in Gütersloh-Blankenhagen.

CLAAS developed the HUCKEPACK all-purpose vehicle. The HUCKEPACK was a combination of implement carrier, tractor and combine. The new concept promised higher capacity utilisation for the machine, thanks to its wide range of applications.

CLAAS HUCKEPACK as combine harvester

CLAAS EUROPA

1958

The CLAAS EUROPA and COLUMBUS were self-propelled combine harvesters for small and medium-sized farms, developed specially for European harvesting conditions. Both combines were to become top sellers at CLAAS. More than 60,000 units of these machines were produced.

CLAAS LD 80

1961

The new CLAAS baler factory in Metz in France commenced production. From 1969, the factory operated under the name Usines Claas France S.A., abbreviated to UCF.

August Claas in discussion with a foreman in front of a CLAAS SENATOR

1962

The 100,000th combine harvester, a CLAAS MATADOR, was presented to the public at the DLG trade fair in Munich. In this year of construction alone, CLAAS manufactured around 20,000 combines, making it Europe's leading manufacturer.

Helmut Claas became Director of the Technology division

1966

At the same time as the newly designed SENATOR combine harvester was unveiled, CLAAS introduced the new corporate colour "seed green".

CLAAS MARKANT

1967

Market demand for higher bale densities, precisely formed bales and broader pick-up led to the development of the MARKANT, the first CLAAS ram baler. Up until the year 2000, CLAAS built more than 130,000 ram balers.

Farmer John Steven from Haddington (Scotland) taking delivery of the 200,000th CLAAS harvester.

1968

The 200,000th combine harvester, a CLAAS SENATOR, was handed over to Scottish farmer John Steven. CLAAS took only six years to manufacture the latest 100,000 machines.

1969

With the acquisition of the Josef Bautz agricultural machinery factory, forage harvesting equipment was added to the product range. One year later, this was followed by the purchase of the machine factory of Speiser, a harvester techology specialist. At one stroke, CLAAS expanded its product range for forage harvesting to include mowers, swathers, loader wagons and towed choppers. They are marketed today under the familiar product names of VOLTO, LINER, DISCO, CARGOS and JAGUAR.

CLAAS milestones