While John Deere’s policy of sacking what they see as under-performing or less ambitious dealers in favor of enlarging the territories of those regarded as more capable and committed ones, AGCO’s Route 66 policy is a little more benign as managers seek to separate Massey Ferguson, Fendt and Valtra distribution channels.
As a result of a successful commercial relationship, Kubota’s European operation has forged a closer alliance with one of the region’s leading tractor loader manufacturers to streamline order processes and logistics, and encourage sales of tractor/loader combinations.
Doosan Bobcat’s entry into the European compact wheeled loader market has kicked off with the first Bobcat L85 model coming off the production line at the company’s European headquarters, engineering and assembly operations in the Czech Republic.
National health protection rules and disrupted supplies of components are impacting agricultural machinery production in Europe as some factories are forced into temporary shutdowns. But parts support to dealers and end users, as well as dealer technical support, is holding up despite restricted working practices caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kubota aims to look beyond its traditional R&D approach to new products by establishing Innovation Centers in Japan and Europe that will engage with other organizations to help identify new business ventures, products and services.
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In this week’s episode, we look at Titan Machinery’s strong third quarter results for fiscal year 2022, and how the executive team views inventory turns heading into next year. In the Technology Corner, Michaela Paukner talks with Mani Iyer, CEO of Soletrac, about the electric tractor manufacturer’s distribution plans. Also in this episode: a look at how the UAW strike impacted margins and planter deliveries and dealers’ forecast for used equipment revenues in 2022.