Michelin, Claas sign agreement

Claas, the German agricultural machinery manufacturer that is the European leader in combine harvesters, and Michelin, the world leading tire manufacturer, have signed a three-year cooperation agreement at Claas’s headquarters in Harsewinkel, Germany.

The two companies have strengthened their collaboration in several areas, such as research, development and market intelligence.

To meet farmers’ growing need for economic efficiency, Claas is developing harvesters that integrate new, performance-enhancing technologies. Claas has chosen Michelin tires to deliver the right balance of productivity, environmental sensitivity and safer operation. Thanks to their Ultraflex technology, the new Michelin tires can carry heavier loads and protect the soil, while taking up less space. This makes them a perfect match with Claas’ next generation technologies.

The collaboration between Michelin and Claas is aligned with the two companies’ dedication to strong partnership relations. In addition to combines, for example, the new line of Claas tractors will be fitted with Michelin tires as original equipment.

The recently signed agreement demonstrates the two partners’ confidence in today’s changing farm markets and their shared commitment to developing their operations in this sector.

While the partners have long worked together, their relationship has further deepened this year. In particular, on Jan. 28, Claas presented Michelin with its 2009 Supplier Award in the Innovation category.