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.

1970 – 2002: CLAAS – The harvesting specialist.

Towed free-swinging chopper CLAAS NURMI 1100 S System Speiser


Acquisition of Speiser Maschinenfabrik, a chopping specialist company in Göppingen, in southern Germany.

The DOMINATOR 80 in the field


The large combine harvester CLAAS DOMINATOR, the most successful combine model series ever from CLAAS, was unveiled for the first time. As well as being much more powerful, the latest loading and manufacturing technology was incorporated into the design. The DOMINATOR series, which was launched in 1970 with the DOMINATOR 80, is still being built even now, more than 40 years later. The DOMINATOR is continuously being improved as part of the model refinement process. Milestones include the intensive separation system, the 3D cleaning system, the CONTOUR and later the AUTO CONTOUR cutterbar.

The JAGUAR 60 SF lifting grass silage


CLAAS responded to the global increase in maize cultivation by unveiling a self-propelled forage harvester, the CLAAS JAGUAR 60 SF. The JAGUAR impressed with its exceptional versatility. For example, as well as handling maize and grass silage, it could also be used as a wood chipper. With more than 30,000 units produced, CLAAS was now one of the global market leaders for self-propelled forage harvesters.



CLAAS presented its first round baler, the ROLLANT 85. With this baler, CLAAS introduced a new system that featured steel rollers in the compression chamber instead of the belts that had been usual up to that time. Over the next few years, this roller compression system became a trendsetter for fixed chamber balers, and made the ROLLANT the market leader in western Europe.


Helmut Claas became Chairman of the Board of Management.

The CLAAS Quadrant 1200


The 300,000th CLAAS combine harvester left the assembly line in Harsewinkel.


With the QUADRANT 1200, CLAAS introduced the first large square baler, establishing a completely new performance class with a bale size of 70 x 120 cm. It had a throughput of 30 tonnes of straw per hour, and compressed bales weighing up to 360 kg.



A joint venture was established with Indian company Escorts for the manufacture and marketing of the small-area combine harvester, the CLAAS CROP TIGER. The surge in population and its strong position as a farming country served to make India an important and rapidly expanding market for agricultural machinery. From the Indian factories, CLAAS met the requirements for smaller rise harvesters throughout the Asian market.


Start of production in Faridabad, India.

Technoparc, Harsewinkel


Opening of the TECHNOPARC customer and visitor centre in Harsewinkel. More than 30,000 farmers, contractors, distributors, interested parties, farming journalists and business partners from more than 100 countries around the world visit the TECHNOPARC each year.

The XERION 2500 in various cab positions


The CLAAS XERION high-horsepower tractor was unveiled to the public. The XERION was an in-house development from CLAAS, combining the performance requirements of a modern tractor with those of a multi-configuration farming vehicle.


Start of development of an electronic, satellite-assisted farming information systems by AGROCOM, known today as CLAAS E-Systems.

A LEXION 480 during harvesting


Presentation of the new LEXION model series, with the CLAAS LEXION 480 with HYBRID system. The LEXION is the first combine to use a hybrid threshing and cutting system, consisting of a MEGA threshing mechanism and longitudinal separation rotors. With a harvesting performance of up to 40 tonnes of grain per hour, it was the most powerful combine harvester in the world at the time.


Purchase of a new plant for mowers and cutterbars in Törökszentmiklos, Hungary.

A yellow-liveried CLAAS LEXION 770 for the North American market during offloading


CLAAS constructed a new combine harvester production facility in Omaha, Nebraska. The plant lies in the middle of the largest cereal crop regions in the USA, and supplies the North American market with combine harvesters from CLAAS.

Establishment of the Claas Foundation to promote new agricultural technology.

The new logistics centre in Hamm-Uentrop


The new logistics centre for replacement parts in Hamm-Uentrop opened its doors, and has been supplying CLAAS ORIGINAL parts for agricultural machines worldwide ever since.

Superstructure of the old production halls


Under the project name SYNPRO 10, the foundations were laid for the comprehensive conversion and rebuilding of the production facilities at company headquarters in Harsewinkel.

CLAAS milestones