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Improved Synchro tractor: Valmet 565 II
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Into the era of ergonomics
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502 cab design
When the Valmet 502 was introduced in 1971 it had the world’s quietest cab. Read more
Twin Trac
Twin Trac Read more
SCR engine technology
AGCO Sisu Power chose SCR technology (Selective Catalytic Reduction) to reduce emissions Read more
Developing visibility in France: "I had the fastest car"
1994 1997 Jean Pierre Audinos Read more
Custom-built tractors
1985 1994 3 Read more
Restructuring
1985 1994 2 Read more
Contacts with Volvo
1979 1985 Volvo BM Read more
Moving to Suolahti
1969 1979 Suolahti Read more
Tractors for America
1960 1969 Valmet do Brasil Read more
Mid-weight diesel tractor
1951 1960 Valmet 33D Read more
The birth of "Small Valmet"
1951 1960 5 Read more
War-time shortages
1926 1951 3 Read more
The birth of Volvo
1927 1950 1 Read more
How about Bolinder-Munktell?
1934 Bolinder Munktell Read more
Legendary tale about Bolinder's famous engines
Bolinderin moottorit Read more
The clergyman son Johan Munktell
Johan Theofron Munktell Read more
2016 award

2016 International awards

Valtra’s fourth generation tractor models earned numerous international awards in 2015 and 2016. The T4 Series was named “Machine of the Year 2015” and the N4 Series “Machine of the Year 2016”.

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2013 Remanufacturing Workshop and Unlimited Studio

In the early 2010s Valtra introduced two new functions at the Suolahti factory that proved to be very successful: the Remanufacturing Workshop at the transmission plant and the Unlimited Studio at the assembly plant. Both of these functions expanded rapidly in just a few years.

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2011 Valtra celebrates its 60th anniversary in Finland

A 60th anniversary seminar was held on 23 January 2011 at the Jyväskylä Congress Centre, just a kilometre from the original factory in Tourula, to discuss the future of agriculture.

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2010 Brasil

2010 Valtra becomes a full-liner in Brazil

Joining AGCO allowed Valtra to become a full-liner in Brazil, offering not only tractors but also combine harvesters, front loaders, seeding equipment, sprayers and sugar cane harvesters.

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2010 Celebrations and development

In January 2010, Valtra do Brasil celebrated its 50th year of operation, with 1,300 guests being invited to Mogi das Cruzes. Beside enjoying the social events, the invitees showed keen interest in the exhibition of historical models and the Valtra brand's most recent top achievements, such as the Versu and Direct models.

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2005 Building projects in Finland

The Atrium hall at Valtra’s Suolahti factory, where tractors had been kept for customer test drives, was converted to a personnel restaurant and office premises in late 2005. A separate wooden hall was built for test drive tractors by the test drive track, next to the Lappish ‘Kota’. The new personnel restaurant started serving meals in 2006.

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2004 Valtra joins AGCO family

For the first time in Valtra's history, the company owner operates in exactly the same industry and has a full understanding of the business activities and needs of Valtra.

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Small A Series tractor made by Hema Valtra

2003 Licence agreement with Hema Endüstri

Hema Endüstri AS had sought a partner and seen promise in Valtra, owing to Valtra's success in countries like Brazil and its sensitivity to different cultures. Negotiations were held in 2002 and 2003. By September 2003, the talks had advanced far enough to gain permission from AGCO, the soon-to-be owner of Valtra, to sign a co-operation agreement.

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2002 Kone Corporation acquires Partek

Partek had assured that it will take good care of its Valtra tractors. But the corporation value was smaller than that of its components and Kone Corporation acquired Partek in 2002.

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1997 Partek acquires Sisu

The Sisu Group had a long way to go before being listed. The problem was solved when the listed company Partek, which was interested in engineering operations, decided to buy the entire Sisu Group in January 1997.

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1994 Sisu ownership

The Finnish State wanted to consolidate rubber-wheeled vehicle and implement operations within the Sisu Group, which would then be prepared for an eventual stock exchange listing. The largest unit of the Sisu Group was Valmet Tractors.

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1991 Restructuring

1991 and ‘92 were dark years for the tractor industry. Sales collapsed, and tractor manufacturers throughout the world were in trouble. Valmet Oy restructured by merging its Brazilian tractor operations and the diesel engine factory located at Nokia, Finland, with its European tractor operations, which were headquartered in Suolahti.

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Valmet 604 Tanzania

1980 Valmet 604 – Made in Tanzania

The tractor model chosen for the Tanzanian market was the Valmet 604 due to its simplicity and reliability. The first two hundred Tanzanian Valmet tractors were manufactured in 1983, followed by 414 in 1984 and a record 729 in 1985.

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1979 Valmet acquires Volvo tractors

When Volvo BM made a strategic decision to cease production of tractors and agricultural machinery, successful negotiations were carried out with Valmet.

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1969 The move to Suolahti

Tractors with cabs required higher assembly areas than were available in the Tourula plant, and it was recognised that a new factory would be required. Initially this was to be located near Jyväskylä. However, an appropriate alternative location was found 45 kilometres away at the present site in Suolahti, where production commenced in September 1969.

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FAP Valmet

1963 FAP-Valmet – The original Portuguese project

Once Valmet had successfully established Valmet do Brasil in the early 1960s, similar projects were tried elsewhere. An unsuccessful attempt in Mexico led to an opportunity in Portugal, where an agreement was signed between Valmet Oy and Fabrica de Automó­veis Portugueses S.A:n (FAP) in February 1963.

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1960 Valmet goes Brazil

Valmet exports to Brazil had started promisingly, but almost immediately the Brazilian government decided to commence domestic tractor production. The proposals presented by Valmet were considered the best in their class.

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1951 Valmet tractor production begins

Once the Tourula factory had completed its major national duty of war reparations alongside other Finnish industrial plants, a new threat revealed itself: how to find civilian products to sell on the markets. The first Valmet tractors were assembled at the Tourula factory in 1951. This date is considered the birth of Valmet and Valtra brand tractors.

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1950 Volvo acquires BM

In 1950 Bolinder-Munktell was acquired by Volvo, which subsequently transferred tractor production to Eskilstuna in order to free up space for expanded car production.

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1932 Bolinder and Munktell join forces

In 1932 the merger of the mechanical companies Munktell and J & C G Bolinder was arranged, creating AB Bolinder-Munktell – also known simply as BM. The merger had a big impact. Bolinder’s share of exports was half its turnover, and it had customers in major markets including France, Great Britain and the Soviet Union.

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1927 AB Volvo is founded

SKF, the Swedish Ball Bearing Factory (Svenska Kullagerfabriken), in Gothenburg played a central role in the establishment of AB Volvo. Already in 1915 SKF had registered the trademark “Volvo” to market a range of its products. The word itself is Latin for “I roll”. The name was then adopted by the new car company, which produced 297 cars in its first year of production.

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1926 The Rifle Factory in Tourula

In the 1920s the government of the young Republic of Finland decided to establish a rifle factory. In 1926, the district of Tourula on the northeast edge of Jyväskylä was chosen as the most suitable location.

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1844 Bolinder’s famous engines

The brothers Jean and Carl Gerhard Bolinder established a mechanical workshop and foundry on an industrial site in Kungsholmen, Stockholm in 1844. The company was called J & C G Bolinder. Jean had a similar technical education to Johan Teofron Munktell, while Carl trained at various foundries throughout Sweden.

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1832 Munktell in Eskilstuna

In 1832 mechanical workshop “Eskilstuna Mekaniska Werkstad” in Sweden began its operations under Johan Theofron Munktell. This is considered to be the beginning of the industrial history of both Valtra and Volvo Construction.

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