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.

CLAAS milestones

If it hadn't been for the legendary "knotter", the history of CLAAS might well have been very different. Join us on a tour through the last century – following in the tracks of the knotter right up to today's LEXION – the world's most powerful combine harvester.

1913 – 1929: It all began with a knotter

It all began with the knotter – the technical reliability of the CLAAS knotter made the straw binder into a real quality product, and resulted in a rapid surge in demand for sturdy and robust straw binders from Westphalia. The foundations had been laid for the later success of the company.

1930 – 1945: The combine harvester revolutionised harvesting

Driven by the vision of developing a combine harvester that was adapted to European harvesting conditions, the youthful company developed the first prototypes, and in 1936 unveiled Europe's first fully operational combine harvester to the public.

1946 – 1969: Expansion to become a combine harvester specialist

SUPER, EUROPA and MATADOR are just some of the names that marked the rise of CLAAS to become a combine harvester specialist. At a very early stage, the company identified the trend in western European farming towards ever-larger areas, and energetically drove forward the development of new, powerful models of combines.

1970 – 2002: CLAAS – the harvesting specialist

CLAAS became a harvesting specialist with the start of production of forage harvesters and its entry into the green fodder harvesting segment.

2003 – 2013: Growth in the era of globalisation

With the acquisition of Renault Agriculture in 2003, CLAAS expanded its product portfolio to include tractors, and now offered a complete harvesting chain to meet the needs of modern farming.