New Holland buys Danish manufacturer to ‘fill in the gaps’

For decades, Kongskilde farm machinery has held a niche market in North America. The Danish company is known for its tillage, forage and grain-handling gear.

So when CNH Industrial’s New Holland division bought Kongskilde’s forage and tillage business, it seemed to make sense.

“It filled some gaps in our existing lineup,” said Bret Lieberman, a New Holland North America vice-president.

New Holland didn’t have a TMR mixer, and Klongskilde builds one the most popular in Europe.

As well, the acquisition enables New Holland to add a centre-pivot-hitch mower conditioner and a triple mower without conditioning built in to its brand.

Some additional hay headers will help New Holland round out its current lineup. While those will be transitioned to NH branded machinery, the Kongskilde tillage tools will keep their name but be added to the New Holland dealers’ rosters.

Farmers looking for smaller, specialized tillage tools will find the Kongskilde lineup extensive. Producers with wider, high capacity desires will find that Kongskilde carries higher speed vertical tillage tools up to 43 feet.

Engineer Doug Otto of New Holland is in charge of getting the machinery into producers’ hands.

“There are some tools that will fill that western Canadian acreage demand and horsepower capacity,” he said about the tillage gear.

He said the company’s field cultivator with its capacity for extreme clearances could also be a fit, especially in some of the rugged eastern prairie conditions.

Not well known in broad acre cropping is the Klongskilde brand Överum, with its Swedish plows. Dealers in North America can look forward to seeing that type of equipment as well, said Lieberman.

“That is more of an Ontario and Quebec product, but we are seeing demand from organic producers with these as well,” he said.

The grain-handling equipment, including vacuums, will remain with the Danish company.

The deal represents one more instance in the agricultural sector of a smaller, established, manufacturer being acquired by a major player.

In the past year, several well-established farm machinery companies have been acquired by the larger players, including Great Plains by Agco and Hagie, Precison Planting and Monosem by Deere.

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