A long history
Abe Zimmerman opens an equipment repair shop in 1895 in New Holland, Pennsylvania, USA, which is where our name comes from.
Zimmerman founds the New Holland Machine Company and produces agricultural equipment, including a feed mill, to help the farming community around him.
Leon Claeys, a Belgian mechanic, starts to produce threshing machines, and in the same year builds his factory in Zedelgem, Belgium, where our Harvesting Centre of Excellence still stands today.
Ford comes out with the prototype for the world’s first mass produced, gasoline powered tractor, named ‘automobile plow’.
Between 1917 and 1922, the Fordson Model F is to tractors what the Ford Model T is to automobiles: it captures the public's imagination with its reliable design, the low price that is affordable for workers and farmers, and a widespread dealership network.
The Fiat Model 702 tractor is launched. It goes into full production a year later at the car and truck plant in Turin, Italy, and wins the International Ploughing Contest in Senlis, France. Model 702 is the very first Fiat agricultural tractor, and the first one to be built on an industrial scale.
Fiat Trattori reaches the milestone of 2,000 units produced since it first started in 1918 with the launch of its first tractor, the Fiat 702. The milestone is achieved with the Fiat 702 followed by the 702A, B and BN variants and then the 703B and 703BN, which remain in production until 1925.
In 1929 Fiat Trattori is selling tractors at the rate of more than 1,000 units a year.
The 700C or Tipo 30 is the first crawler tractor to be mass-produced in Europe; it is widely used in the African colonies where it proves irreplaceable in cultivating the virgin, loose and sandy terrain.
Ford introduces the 3-point hitch on the ‘N’ tractor series: one of the most successful tractor families ever.
At the 43th Agriculture and Horse fair in Verona a new Fiat crawler tractor is launched: it is equipped with the Boghetto Otto-cycle low compression engine tant can run with different fuels: petroleum, diesel, alcohol, gasoline and methane. It is produced and sold until 1947.
The company in USA changes its name to Sperry New Holland, following the acquisition of New Holland by the Sperry Rand Corporation and makes a major breakthrough in hay harvesting technology with the introduction of the haybine mower-conditioner.
In the late 1950s two new models, Model 18 “La Piccola” and the 411, bring international success to Fiat tractors.
Claeys launches the first European self-propelled combine harvester.
The first self-propelled windrower, Model 900 Speedrower®, is launched.
Sperry Rand buys a major interest in Claeys.
New Holland launches its first skid steer loader.
The Fiat 640 is launched. It is the beginning of an enduring international success that continues to this day.
Sperry New Holland introduces the world’s first Twin-Rotor ® combine: a winning idea, still leading the industry today.
Braud launches its first self-propelled grape harvester, model 1020. This is further improved with the famous Braud 1014, the best-selling grape harvester in history with over 2000 units sold in less than four years.
The Ford 10 series is the first truly modern tractor: it combines modern styling with the Super Q cab, which leads the industry in terms of comfort and safety.
Fiat Trattori changes its name to FiatAgri and buys 75% of Braud, manufacturer or self-propelled grape harvesters.
Ford buys Sperry New Holland and forms Ford New Holland Inc.
Fiat brings together its agricultural and construction equipment businesses under the name Fiat Geotech. The name FiatAgri is maintained as the company’s agricultural brand.
Fiat acquires Ford New Holland Inc. and merges it with Fiat Geotech. The new company is named N. H. Geotech.
The full process of integration of Ford New Holland and Fiat Geotech is completed and the company takes the name New Holland. It is launched to its dealer network at a worldwide convention in London, UK.
New Holland is listed on the New York Stock Exchange on November 1st.
Fiat Group acquires Case Corporation and merges it with New Holland N.V. to create CNH Global, a world leader in farm machinery and construction equipment.
TM Tractor Endurance trial in France: the TM190 tractor, running on 100% biodiesel, works for 20 days straight, clocking up more than 500 hours of continuous operation.
New Holland announces its three-year sponsorship of the Italian football club Juventus - a partnership based on the common values of dynamism, teamwork, passion, commitment and victory.
The 90th anniversary since the first Fiat tractor rolled off the assembly line is celebrated at the EIMA show in Italy.
The NH²™ hydrogen tractor and the Energy Independent farm project is unveiled to the public at the SIMA show in Paris, France.
New Holland announces its Tier 4A solutions and is the first manufacturer to establish a clear road map towards full compliance with 2014 Tier 4B emissions regulations for 130 to 560 kW machinery with SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) technology only, relying on FPT Industrial’s solutions.
New Holland celebrates 50 years of excellence and innovation in the self- propelled forage harvesters segment in Zedelgem with the launch of the FR9000 50th Anniversary Limited Edition.
New Holland unveils a working prototype of the T6.140 Methane Power tractor at the Agritechnica trade show in Germany. The T6.140 Methane Power has all the features of a standard tractor and is equipped with a four cylinder, three liter engine produced by FPT Industrial that develops a maximum power of 135hp and 620Nm torque.
New Holland launches the new CR combine. It mounts the FPT Industrial Cursor 16 Tier 4B engine with ECOBlue™ Hi-eSCR technology . The CR10.90 model sets a new record, recognised by the GUINESS WORLD RECORDS™, for harvesting 797.656 tons of wheat in eight hours.
New Holland Celebrates 120 years of history and innovation.