Valtra Announces Retirement of Jari Rautjärvi as Vice President and Managing Director, Valtra EME and Appointment of Mikko Lehikoinen as successor.
Mikko Lehikoinen is appointed Vice President and Managing Director, Valtra EME as of 1 January 2024, reporting to Torsten Dehner, AGCO Senior Vice President, General Manager, Fendt/ Valtra.
Mr Lehikoinen succeeds Jari Rautjärvi, who will retire at the end of 2023 after more than 30 years of service to AGCO and the Valtra brand.
Finnish tractor brand Valtra, a leading AGCO brand, is working in collaboration with Neste and AGCO Finance to help farmers reduce their carbon footprint by increasing the awareness and availability of Neste MY Renewable Diesel for farmers. Valtra is the first tractor factory in the world to fill its new tractors with Neste MY Renewable Diesel.
Over the years, Valtra has gained a reputation for their easy-to-use smart farming technology. Now the Nordic tractor brand has turned their attention to using the data generated by their smart tractors to aid drivers in reducing their idle time to improve fuel efficiency and cut their carbon emissions.
Valtra Unlimited is introducing the Smart Top Link for improved fertiliser application accuracy.
Smart Top Link saves fertiliser by automatically adjusting spreader top link length to ensure the spreader is correctly calibrated throughout application.
Recently, Valtra unveiled the latest generation of our flagship high horsepower tractor – the S Series. After significant investments in our home factory in Finland, the 6th generation S Series will now be produced in Suolahti.
Recent investments in our factory in Suolahti, Central Finland enable even better customer service through improved manufacturing efficiency and better working conditions for many of our 1,200 employees.
Valtra UK are pleased to announce the appointment of Malpas Tractors Ltd as their new dealer covering the Lancashire region.
“Valtra in the UK continues to strengthen their dealer network by appointing Malpas Tractors Ltd for Lancashire from their branches of Lathom & Condor Green. Malpas is a long-established family company in the Agri machinery business in the northwest of England and look forward to continued success growing the Valtra market share in this region. Malpas Tractors Ltd will be offering the full Valtra tractor model range from 75 HP to 400+HP, along with a comprehensive service and parts back up,” states Alan Sanderson, National Sales Manager, Valtra UK & Ireland.
Valtra celebrates another achievement as their ‘Beast’ receives a prestigious Red Dot Award: Product Design. The much-anticipated Q Series was released in September 2022, and quickly garnered industry attention, picking up the FARM MACHINE 2023 JURY AWARD at the SIMA show in November.
This year Valtra Unlimited marks ten years of providing customer-specified tractor solutions across agriculture, aviation, forestry, municipal, and other specialist sectors.
During a Valtra Unlimited test-driving day arranged in Central Finland, Valtra specialists and industry experts from Unlimited’s partner network including Nokian Heavy Tyres, Piippo hydraulics, Kesla, Vuomet, Noremat, PTG and Arctic Aebi Schmidt showcased some of the latest innovations available from Valtra Unlimited.
This year Valtra marks five years of collaboration with energy company Neste on renewable diesel. The Nordic tractor brand uses Neste MY Renewable Diesel for all of its tractor testing, and first fills every tractor’s fuel tanks with the renewable diesel before it leaves the Suolahti factory in Finland. Valtra’s long-standing interest in renewable fuel is part of a wider strategy to reduce the company’s carbon footprint.
The teams at Chandlers and Ross Farm Machinery are pleased to announce that they have reached agreement to join forces, combining the strength of both teams and their main franchises. The combined business will begin trading from the 1st February 2023 from 17 depots across the Midlands and employ more than 425 people.
Valtra’s 5th generation model range is now complete with the recent launch of an all-new series that fits between the popular T and S Series. The award winning Q Series, designed, engineered, and manufactured in Finland, is the ideal tractor for large farms and contractors that seek performance and integrated smart technology in the 230-305 HP range.
The all-new Valtra Q Series has won the much-coveted FARM MACHINE 2023 Jury Award. The FARM MACHINE award, formerly known as Machine of the Year, is one of the most prestigious awards in agricultural engineering.
The Valtra Unlimited studio will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2023 and will launch two special edition packages at the SIMA show in Paris in November 2022.
Valtra Unlimited VIEW - Vision-based Intelligent Electronic Warnings – is a new feature released for the 10-year anniversary of Valtra Unlimited. “The Unlimited VIEW solution is an excellent example of the future vision of Valtra Unlimited as we focus more and more on developing intelligent solutions that serve customer needs.” Says Senior Manager, Brand Management, Unlimited Operations, Petri Loukiala.
Valtra’s 5th generation model range is now complete with an all-new series that fits between the popular T and S Series. The Q Series, designed, engineered, and manufactured in Finland, is the ideal tractor for large farms and contractors that seek performance and integrated smart technology in the 230-305 HP range. By combining industry-leading design, high quality components and finishing, and outstanding aftersales support, the Q Series has the power, intelligence, and versatility to maximise productivity while driving down costs for large farms and contractors.
With Covid restrictions now lifted Valtra UK & IE will be attending a number of the key agricultural and farm machinery shows taking place during June and July.
Valtra drivers now benefit from completely automatic headland turns of their tractor. Together with Auto U-Pilot headland automation and Valtra Guide automated steering, the new SmartTurn feature completes the automation of field tasks by automatically turning the tractor in the headland. As a result, the driver does not have to touch the steering wheel at all on the entire field.s.
The 5th generation of Valtra N Series has won the iF Design Award 2022 for best Product Design with top scores awarded from the jury.
One of the newest Valtra tractor series, the 5th generation N Series, wins the Red Dot Design Award 2022 in the Red Dot: Product Design award series. The latest Red Dot Award continues Valtra’s tremendous success in the Red Dot design competition over the past decades.
Precision farming will become even more precise when Valtra customers get access to the Section Control 96 with Multiboom feature. Section Control automation has previously been able to divide the boom of an ISOBUS-compatible sprayer, for example, into 24 or 36 sections. The new Section Control 96, by comparison, can divide the boom into up to 96 different sections, while the Multiboom feature makes it possible to simultaneously control up to three different booms fully automatically.
The FARM MACHINE award, formerly known as Machine of the Year, has been one of the most coveted awards in agricultural engineering. The Valtra G Series won in the Utility Tractor category.
Effective from 1st October 2021, AGCO has agreed changes with existing dealer partners in S. Scotland on the distribution of the Valtra and Massey Ferguson brands. These changes support AGCO’s long-term strategy driving brand exclusivity, full-line responsibility, and appropriate brand bundling to support the growth of each brand.
Following RW Crawford’s appointment as Fendt and Valtra dealers for Sussex and Hampshire and the subsequent opening in 2019 of the Billingshurst depot in West Sussex. AGCO are delighted to announce that Crawfords will be opening a new branch in Ropley, Hampshire, later this summer.
The iF Design Award is one of the world’s most prestigious design competitions. The Valtra G135 won in the vehicles category for product design.
Following the launch of the G Series last year and the A Series at the start of this year, Valtra continues its development into the fifth generation by introducing its new N and T Series tractors
Valtra’s extensive experience with factory fitted front loaders culminates this year in a completely new front loader control experience. Together with its fifth generation of tractors, Valtra is launching the completely new Precision Lift & Load app for G, N and T Series SmartTouch models.
The Valtra G135 has received the Red Dot Design Award 2021 in the Red Dot: Product Design award series. This marks already the sixth Red Dot award in Valtra’s history and demonstrates how Valtra’s success story continues with the latest, fifth, product generation of tractors.
The popular Valtra A Series, twice the recipient of the Machine of the Year award, in 2017 and in 2019, is going into its 5th generation. The tractor range is now available with many new features that have been requested by customers. The model series continues to comprise seven models to choose from, all of them available as so-called GL-models, which feature an easy-to-use mechanical transmission. The best-selling 105 and 115 horsepower model are also available with a four-step powershift transmission. In these HiTech 4 models, transmission is controlled electronically. All A Series come with Valtra’s renowned shuttle transmission including the integrated handbrake.
Valtra turns 70 in 2021 and is celebrating its anniversary in a variety of ways throughout the year. 70 years ago the focus was on the mechanisation of agriculture, while later on that focus shifted to for instance improvements in working safety, to growing farms and the success of rural businesses. Valtra’s technologies and services have always been up to the task of meeting our customers’ needs. But it’s in the last 10 years where the largest leaps have been taken. In the coming years Valtra sees digitalisation and precision farming technology change the face of farming significantly.
Valtra Connect has for several years enabled tractor owners and their local service technicians to monitor tractor data remotely. In the near future, customers can choose to make this data available to the AGCO Machine Monitoring Center, where service needs can be detected in advance through the continuous processing and analysis of the data transmitted by tractors.
The Valtra factory in Suolahti, Finland is going to become more flexible and sustainable than ever before with the addition of a new state-of-the-art paint shop. Detailed plans are currently in development and the new paint shop will start operations in 2022.
Effective 1st January 2021, Valtra dealer Kelly’s of Kilkenny, located in south east of Ireland selling new and used agricultural machinery and farm equipment, will become a new business under the name of Kilkenny Agri Machinery. These changes support the need for the business to re-focus their needs moving into 2021.
The new Valtra G135 Versu has been awarded the title Tractor of the Year 2021 Best Utility in the virtual TOTY award ceremony on 18 December 2020. The jury awarded the multipurpose and utility tractor above 70 horsepower that offers the best solutions available on market.
At a time in the world where we need collaboration and unity more than ever, it’s great to see two dealerships working together to create a clear pathway for both of their businesses.
Chandlers (Farm Equipment) Ltd and Lister Wilder have both steadily expanded over the past half century, developing their businesses independently whilst sharing some very similar family values. The synergy extends to the franchises, with both family-owned companies having grown around the Massey Ferguson, Fendt and Valtra franchises, with Chandlers currently operating from 7 depots covering primarily Lincolnshire and the East Midlands, and Lister Wilder operating from 8 depots covering Oxfordshire and the South-Central region.
Effective 1st October 2020, AGCO has agreed changes with existing dealer partners in Scotland on the distribution of the Valtra brand. These changes support AGCO’s long-term strategy driving brand exclusivity, and building dealer viability over the long-term, and will be fully implemented by 1st April 2021.
Brand-new model series for Valtra
The G Series is the first in the 5th generation of Valtra tractors and at the same time a brand-new model series that fits between the popular A and N Series. The G Series is also the first tractor in the 100–145hp range to offer SmartTouch controls as well as full precision farming capabilities.
Wayline Assistant enhances automated steering
Valtra G, N, T and S Series tractors are all designed for precision farming. Now a new Wayline Assistant option will be offered together with Valtra Guide automated steering for these tractor series.
New strategy and new look
Valtra has set a new vision to offer its customers the best tractor user experience in the industry. The new vision encompasses the total user experience rather than focusing on the tractor alone.
Valtra is unveiling new vineyard and orchard tractors at Agritechnica. The F Series comprises four models ranging in output from 75 to 105 horsepower.
The base model is approximately 1.5 metres wide and the narrow model just 1.3 metres wide. Standard equipment includes a heated and air-conditioned cab, and the wider model is also available with an open cab and rollover protection structure (ROPS). The height of the open cab model when ROPS is not deployed is just 1.4 metres, making it ideally suited for covered and pergola farming techniques.
Valtra has revealed the final design of their heads up display (HUD) SmartGlass at the 2019 Agritechnica Show.
Positioned in the centre of the tractor’s front windscreen, Valtra SmartGlass is based on transparent display technology, laminated between two glass surfaces. This makes the solution very robust and suitable for demanding operation conditions of agricultural machinery.
The Valtra N154e Versu is more than just a tractor. The N154e Versu means the possibility of tailoring the tractor precisely for individual needs already on the production line and in the Unlimited Studio, where only the laws of physics and road traffic regulations are the limit. The N154e also means tractor-related services, such as Valtra Connect remote monitoring, comprehensive service packages, extended warranties, remanufactured parts, environmentally friendly Neste My diesel and connectivity to other technologies on the farm. The Valtra N154e Versu is not just a machine, but rather an entire lifespan solution that comprises multiple services.
Valtra has taken a step beyond precision farming and is now aiming at Smart Farming. Smart Farming involves more than just adjusting tractor functions based on location information or some other individual technology. Instead, it is an integral part of the entire ecosystem of a farm or contractor, from crop planning to financial administration and purchasing to maintenance. Smart Farming is easy, Smart Farming is profitable and Smart Farming is environmentally friendly.
Valtra is teaming up with fertiliser company Yara in a project that aims to achieve a significant reduction in the environmental impacts of meat and dairy production and increased productivity of grassland production. The three-year project will utilise Valtra Smart Farming technologies such as Valtra Guide, Section Control, Variable Rate Control and Valtra Connect telemetry.
Robotic vacuum cleaners and lawnmowers are already reality, but can the same idea be applied to a 7-ton machine clearing an airstrip from snow? To show it can, Valtra and Nokian Tyres partnered up with three other Finnish companies in March 2019 for a joint proof-of-concept project at the European Union’s northernmost airport. Two Valtra T254 Versu equipped with Nokian Hakkapeliitta TRI tires and each pulling a 4.5 m wide sweeper blower autonomously cleared the runway at Ivalo airport in Finnish Lapland.
At the end of February this year, there was a special opportunity to celebrate the handover to a new owner of already one thousand VALTRA tractor imported into the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic. Exclusive importer of Valtra tractors situated in the city Beroun - company TOPAGRI s.r.o., together with the Embassy of the Republic of Finland, organized a dignified reminder of this milestone at the residence of the Finnish ambassador in Prague.
Valtra celebrates a new addition to the list of awards presented to its fourth generation at the SIMA Show 2019 in Paris. The new A Series HiTech 4 models have been awarded the ‘Machine of the Year’ title in the category of tractors under 150 hp.
Valtra will update N, T and S Series tractors above 130 kW to stage V emission standards during 2019. At the same time several new features will be introduced that improve operator comfort and reduce the overall cost of ownership of the machine.
Valtra is to introduce the AIRES air-suspended front axle option on the Valtra N Series range in 2019.
Air suspension is widely used on commercial vehicles, but on tractors it has been a unique Valtra feature for the last 25 years. An air-suspended front axle offers a faster response and better shock absorption level particularly in fast axle movements and when the axle load is changing rapidly like in front loader use. This makes operator comfort and traction superior over hydro-pneumatic solutions.
Valtra introduces service offering to maximize machine uptime
Valtra customers can now benefit from the Valtra “Connect, Care & Go” service offering allowing them to access a range of services related to their machine at a fixed cost.
The Valtra A Series has now become more versatile and comfortable with the introduction of the new A104 and A114 models with HiTech 4 transmission.
The winners of the 2018 Valtra Design Challenge were announced at the EIMA Show in Bologna, Italy. The competition which started in April and ended on September 23rd was targeted globally to designers, academic design students, design studios and automotive suppliers. This year’s challenge was to design the multi-purpose vehicle of the future: a machine that can handle multiple tasks to meet future needs and that is more efficient than today’s highly specialized machines.
Nokian Tyres and Valtra have set the world record for snow removal with an autonomous tractor. The speed record was set in March 2018 using an unmanned Valtra T254 Versu tractor equipped with Nokian Hakkapeliitta TRI tyres. Operated without a driver, the tractor ploughed snow on a closed road in Southern Finland at 73.171 km/h (45.466 mph).
Trelleborg has joined the Valtra Smart Tour 2018 roadshow as an official partner. The Valtra Smart Tour demo fleet is equipped with Trelleborg tyres and Trelleborg will have a stand at Smart Tour locations. With the collaboration, both Valtra and Trelleborg aim to provide their customers with a more comprehensive customer experience at the roadshow and offer a good platform to deepen the discussion about Valtra tractors and Trelleborg tyres.
Valtra´s newest model series, Valtra A4 (75–130hp), has won the Red Dot 2018 Design Award in the category ‘Commercial Vehicles’. This award is a continuation to Valtra´s success in the world´s most famous and prestigious design award competition in which Valtra was recognised also in 2016 and 2017. The Red Dot Design Award recognises the high-design quality of the A4 Series tractor.
The finals of the Valtra Master Cup were held in March among the winning drivers from last year’s national competitions. The most skilful Valtra driver proved to be Radoslav Račák from Slovakia followed by Tets Kalvis from Latvia in second and Jean-Philippe Paraire from France in third.
Concrete steps towards a cleaner future. Valtra has become the first tractor factory in the world to begin using Neste MY Renewable Diesel as the start-up fuel for all new tractors. As a result, around 700,000 litres of fossil diesel fuel will be replaced each year by 100-percent renewable fuel.
Valtra’s new armrest and user interface SmartTouch has won the iF Design Award, one of the world’s most prestigious design awards. This year over 6400 designs from 54 countries participated in the competition. The winners were picked by an international jury of 63 experts.
Valtra SmartTour is a full, all renewed Valtra experience on wheels. Every year we go on the road across Europe, visiting the most central locations for our customers and fans. This year we showcase the very best solutions for your smarter work - the revolutionary new armrest, Valtra SmartTouch for N, T and S series as well as the complete 4th generation line-up of Valtra tractors, including our award winning T Series and the all new A Series. Welcome aboard!
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