140 years of AMAZONE: “Ideas for our future”

  • 05 June 2023
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A success story
In 1883, the founder, Heinrich Dreyer, initially started with the production of a grain cleaning machine and soon realised: ‘We must go out into the world’. The first grain cleaning machines were sold to Valparaiso in Chile as early as 1906, thus forming the foundation for the strong export market enjoyed today by the Amazone Group. Heinrich Dreyer’s sons, grandsons, and great-grandsons have set significant milestones along the way, for product development and have continued the success story up to the present day. It was in the sixties, in particular, that the ZA mounted twin disc fertiliser spreader and the legendary D4 seed drill developed into genuine best-sellers. The production facilities need to be expanded, and this led to the creation of the first branch, the factory in Hude near Oldenburg, which, in 2009, was expanded to become the Hude-Altmoorhausen facility aimed at the production of modern high-performance seeding systems. With their entry into the field of soil tillage, Amazone was the first manufacturer to develop PTO-driven equipment for working in combination with its seed drills. In addition, since 1998, passive soil tillage machinery has been brought onto the market with its subsidiary, BBG in Leipzig.

As time went by, the Company had, more than once, to cope with difficult times. But the Dreyer family, across all its generations, was always able to keep the company on a solid path of continuous growth. Production was expanded continuously and the product range was supplemented to include more and more areas of competence. The Amazone takeover of the plough manufacturer, Vogel & Noot, in Mosonmagyaróvár, Hungary in 2016 markedly expanded both its soil tillage range and manufacturing capacity. To supplement the factories in Gaste and Leeden, a new production facility in Bramsche, to the North of Osnabrück, was opened in 2018. Modern assembly halls offer lots of space for a wide range of production variants, large-scale machinery production and general optimisation of logistics for the three factories. Schmotzer Hacktechnik, a company with its roots in mechanical weeding systems and with its headquarters in Bad Windsheim, has been part of the group since 2019. This represented an important step in the expansion within the field of crop protection.

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