Fendt is investing around €18m in a new paint shop and logistics centre at its Hohenmölsen plant near Leipzig in Germany. The facility makes parts and components for Fendt tractors, round balers, combine harvesters and forage wagons, and is the home of the Katana forage harvester and Rogator 600 self-propelled sprayer.

The expansion of the logistics centre will be completed in September this year. Expected to be up and running summer 2023, the new paint shop will consist of both cathodic dip coating and powder coating for thin and thick sheet metal parts.

The components will be primed without heavy metals in an immersion bath containing 80% water. The paints will be water-based and contain no heavy metals, solvents or volatile compounds. The residues from powder coating will be recycled.

“The paint shop and the logistics centre are important investments in the future of the Hohenmölsen production site,” says Christoph Gröblinghoff, chairman of the AGCO/Fendt management board.

“In order to meet the high quality requirements for Fendt products even better in the future, we will take over the painting of our components ourselves. The new paint shop also gives us the opportunity to manufacture even more components for other Fendt products at other plants.”