CLAAS is a family business founded in 1913 and is one of the world's leading manufacturers of agricultural engineering equipment. The company, with corporate headquarters in Harsewinkel, Westphalia, is the European market leader in combine harvesters. CLAAS is the world leader in another large product group, self-propelled forage harvesters. CLAAS is also a top performer in
Innovation from the beginning
The company strategy has been oriented towards innovation from the very start. Company founder August Claas, who first registered the company in 1913, originally produced powerful straw binders together with his brothers Franz and Theo. An improved knotter enabled a secure knot to be tied even with the poor quality baling twine that was available at the time. The first combine harvester suitable for European harvest conditions then went into series production in 1936. Since then, the combine harvester has been inseparably linked to the CLAAS name. It is mainly this machine which has allowed CLAAS to reach its present international size and significance.
Over 11,000 employees in the group of companies around the world
Overall, the CLAAS Group has experienced an extraordinary growth phase in the last two decades. Turnover has increased from approximately €500 million at the start of the 1990s to the current level of approximately €3.8 billion (2018) and CLAAS employs over 11,000 employees around the world. The company earns more than 75 % of its revenues from international markets.
CLAAS has a wide range of representation throughout the Western Hemisphere with production, parts, sales and service organizations in the US, Canada, and Argentina. Additional countries in South and Central America are represented by CLAAS importers.