Claas to drop forage wagons

Spare parts and service for Cargos self-loading forage wagons will continue to be available, but Claas will stop making new machines at the end of this season. This will free up assembly space to make more Orbis row-crop headers at the Bad Saulgau facility in Germany.

by Steven Vale

2 May 2022

Claas continues to observe an unbroken global trend towards professional harvesting technology and reckons self-loading forage wagons are becoming progressively less important than forage harvesters. Unit sales are on the decline globally, is the message, and forage wagons are developing into a niche market with a regional focus.

The success of other products made at Bad Saulgau, such as the new Orbis row-crop headers (especially the Orbis 900) means that the structure of the site needs to be adapted to be able to make more of them. The infrastructure is currently being expanded and upgraded, while an existing 5000m² hall is being redesigned in order to create additional assembly space. This will be followed by investments in the areas of production logistics and assembly optimisation and all told around €40m will be invested during the next few years.

Changing the structure of the Bad Saulgau facility will allow Claas to make more Orbis row-crop headers.

We continue to observe an unbroken trend towards professional harvesting technology and enjoy an excellent positioning here with many product lines," reports Uli Nickol, managing director at Bad Saulgau. "An example of this is the enormous demand for our new Orbis row-crop headers, especially the new Orbis 900, which has significantly exceeded our expectations.”

The company will also expand, modernise and continue to professionalise its mower, tedder, swather and baler ranges made at Bad Saulgau and promises us many new products over the next few years. “Many new innovations are currently being developed and tested to achieve this," adds Mr Nickol.