Claas is investing over €15 million in a state-of-the-art test centre at its site in Harsewinkel, that will significantly increase its testing capacities for the development of new agricultural machinery.

Due for completion sometime autumn 2018, the new centre will be equipped to test components for combine harvesters, forage harvesters and tractors. Able to simulate a broad variety of climactic conditions encountered during harvests around the world, these simulations will help engineers to assess the performance capabilities and reliability of the machinery at an early stage of development.

The building will have total floor space of roughly 8,000m², of which half will be used for assembly, the laboratories and the actual test facilities. Adjacent to these areas will be over 200 workstations for test engineers and developers.