|1913||Business established by August Claas at Clarholz, Westphalia |
|1914||August, Franz jun. and Bernhard Claas found the firm of Gebr. CLAAS|
|1919||Move to Harsewinkel. Manufacture of straw binders|
|1921||First CLAAS patent for a knotter for efficient straw binding|
|1930||Start of development of the first combine harvester (specially suited to the specific conditions of harvesting in Europe) )|
|1931||Production of the first straw balers.|
|1936||CLAAS markets the first combine harvester built in and for Europe|
|1937||Volume production of trailed combine harvester starts (reaper-binder)|
|1946||Construction of the first self-propelled combine harvester|
|1953||Construction of the first self-propelled combine harvester|
|1956||Paderborn factory opened|
|1961||Production starts at the new baler factory at Metz, France|
|1968||Launch of CLAAS engineering for production at Harsewinkel|
|1969||Range expands to include green harvest machinery at Saulgau (takeover of the Josef Bautz agri- cultural machinery factory)|
|1970||Market launch of the CLAAS DOMINATOR 80, introducing the most successful series of combine harvesters the world has ever seen. |
|1971||Development of a pick-up sugar cane harvester|
|1973||Presentation of the first self- propelled forage harvester|
|1976||ROLLANT, the first CLAAS round baler|
|1983||New range of JAGUAR self-propelled forage harvesters|
|1986||Establishment of the CLAAS Vertriebsgesellschaft sales company (CVG).|
|1988||QUADRANT, the first CLAAS large-square baler |
|1992||CLAAS engineering for production at the new Beelen factory, Westphalia |
|1994||Start of development of AGROCOM (electronic, satellite-assisted agricultural information system)|
|1995||Launch of the LEXION large combine harvester (the most powerful combine harvester in the world, capable of harvesting up to 40 tonnes of grain in one hour) |
|1996||Conversion of the Harsewinkel, Paderborn and Metz plants into independent product companies |
|1997||Takeover of a new plant at Törökszentmiklos, Hungary|
|1998||Establishment of the AGROCOM GmbH & Co. Agrarsysteme KG limited partnership for agricultural information systems and farm management software.|
Establishment of the CLAAS agricultural technology careers foundation (CLAAS Stiftung zur Förderung des landtechnischen Nachwuchses).
Construction of a new combine harvester plant in Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
Establishment of CLAAS Financial Services S.A.S. (CFS).
|2000||New parts logistics centre at Hamm-Uentrop becomes operational|
|2001||Laying of the foundation stone for the brand-new factory building and plant conversion at|
Harsewinkel. At € 55 million, this is the biggest-ever corporate investment.
|2002||Takeover of Brötje Automation GmbH by CLAAS Fertigungstechnik GmbH (CFT).|
CLAAS expands its product range with tractors through the acquisition of a majority stake in RENAULT Agriculture.
Combine number 400,000 - a LEXION 480 - leaves the plant in Harsewinkel
JAGUAR's anniversary: the 20.000th forage harvester leaves the assembly line with a special coat of lacquer.
The CLAAS tractor is on the road to success in Germany. The 1000th tractor is handed over during the "Zentralwirtschaftsfest" in Munich.
Opening of the combine factory in Krasnodar, South-Russia.
A new class is defined with the LEXION 600.
With the AXION CLAAS sets new standards for performance and comfort.
Formation of the new CLAAS sales company in Moscow.
Unveiling of the new TUCANO combine harvester, a premium machine in the upper-middle segment with all the performance features of the LEXION class.
Laying of the foundation stone of a second combine harvester plant in India, at Chandigarh.
RENAULT Agriculture now 100% CLAAS.
Inauguration of the Crop Tiger plant in Chandigarh, India.
Inauguration of the TECHNOPARC in Krasnodar, Russia.
CLAAS launches the AXOS, a versatile tractor in the power range up to 100 hp.
Introduction of the new compact-class AVERO combine harvester.
New XERION 5000 tops 500 hp.
CLAAS Agrosystems brings together the electronics expertise of the CLAAS Group.
Formation of a new CLAAS sales company in Poland.
The 1000th XERION rolls off the production line, with a special white paint finish to mark the occasion.
Opening of the new technology centre in Harsewinkel.
Presentation of the AXION 900 at the SIMA show in Paris
The 30.000th JAGUAR rolls off the line
Guinness World Record for CLAAS: 675.84 tons harvested in 8 hours with the LEXION 770
Fiscal year 2010/2011 closes with record € 3.3 billion in turnover