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Valtra

Valtra

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Valtra is a Finnish
Finland
Finland , officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country situated in the Fennoscandian region of Northern Europe. It is bordered by Sweden in the west, Norway in the north and Russia in the east, while Estonia lies to its south across the Gulf of Finland.Around 5.4 million people reside...

 based manufacturer of tractor
Tractor
A tractor is a vehicle specifically designed to deliver a high tractive effort at slow speeds, for the purposes of hauling a trailer or machinery used in agriculture or construction...

s owned by the AGCO Corporation.

Valtra traces its origin to Valmet, Bolinder, Munktell and Volvo
Volvo
AB Volvo is a Swedish builder of commercial vehicles, including trucks, buses and construction equipment. Volvo also supplies marine and industrial drive systems, aerospace components and financial services...

. Bolinder-Munktell
Bolinder-Munktell
AB Bolinder-Munktell was a tractor and machines manufacturer founded in Eskilstuna, Sweden in 1932 through the merger of the mechanical companies Bolinder and Munktell...

 merged with Volvo in 1950 to form BM Volvo. In 1979, BM Volvo/Volvo BM and Valmet
Valmet
' was a Finnish state-owned conglomerate. Valmet was formed in 1951, when the state of Finland decided to group their various factories working on war reparations to the Soviet Union under one company...

 formed a joint venture for tractor manufacturing, and the tractors were labelled Volvo BM Valmet. The name was shortened to just Valmet, after Volvo sold their share of the tractor operation to Valmet.
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Valtra is a Finnish
Finland
Finland , officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country situated in the Fennoscandian region of Northern Europe. It is bordered by Sweden in the west, Norway in the north and Russia in the east, while Estonia lies to its south across the Gulf of Finland.Around 5.4 million people reside...

 based manufacturer of tractor
Tractor
A tractor is a vehicle specifically designed to deliver a high tractive effort at slow speeds, for the purposes of hauling a trailer or machinery used in agriculture or construction...

s owned by the AGCO Corporation.

History


Valtra traces its origin to Valmet, Bolinder, Munktell and Volvo
Volvo
AB Volvo is a Swedish builder of commercial vehicles, including trucks, buses and construction equipment. Volvo also supplies marine and industrial drive systems, aerospace components and financial services...

. Bolinder-Munktell
Bolinder-Munktell
AB Bolinder-Munktell was a tractor and machines manufacturer founded in Eskilstuna, Sweden in 1932 through the merger of the mechanical companies Bolinder and Munktell...

 merged with Volvo in 1950 to form BM Volvo. In 1979, BM Volvo/Volvo BM and Valmet
Valmet
' was a Finnish state-owned conglomerate. Valmet was formed in 1951, when the state of Finland decided to group their various factories working on war reparations to the Soviet Union under one company...

 formed a joint venture for tractor manufacturing, and the tractors were labelled Volvo BM Valmet. The name was shortened to just Valmet, after Volvo sold their share of the tractor operation to Valmet. In 2001 Partek
Partek
Partek Ski Lifts was a chairlift manufacturer based in Pine Island, New York. It was founded in 1996 as the successor to Borvig, who went out of business in 1993. The company was founded by Hagen Schulz, the son of Borvig's President Gary Schulz...

 purchased Valmet, and the tractors were renamed Valtra-Valmet, and later that was shortened to just Valtra. In 2002, Partek was purchased by the KONE Corporation, and Valtra was put up for sale. AGCO purchased the tractor business in 2004.

Valtra has factories in Finland and Brazil, with significant presences both places. Valtra licensed Eicher
Eicher Motors
Eicher Group is a conglomerate of the firms Eicher Goodearth Ltd., Eicher Ltd., Eicher Motors Ltd., Eicher International Ltd., and ECS Ltd., based in New Delhi, India. The Eicher company has around 2500 employees located in four manufacturing facilities and 49 marketing and area offices around...

 of India
India
India , officially the Republic of India , is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world...

 to build tractors under the Eicher Valtra and Euro Power brands. The Harkovsky Tractor Works (HTZ) of Ukraine
Ukraine
Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. It has an area of 603,628 kmĀ², making it the second largest contiguous country on the European continent, after Russia...

 signed a letter of intent with Valtra in 1998 for cooperation of some sort. The Hattat Company in Turkey
Turkey
Turkey , known officially as the Republic of Turkey , is a Eurasian country located in Western Asia and in East Thrace in Southeastern Europe...

began assembling Valtras in 2003.

Innovation


One defining feature of the Valtra N-, S- and T-series (and other earlier mid- and high-end series) is the optional TwinTrac revers-drive system. Then the seat can be turned through 180 degrees to meet a second set of foot pedals and a smaller steering wheel placed at the rear of the cab. This allows the operator to drive the tractor backwards and use rear mounted implements more efficiently.

Valtra series being made today:
  • Valtra S-series (270-370 hp) 2nd generation (production start sometime in 2009)
  • Valtra T-series (139-211 hp)
  • Valtra N-series (88-160 hp)
  • Valtra A-series (74-98 hp)
  • Valtra 3000-series (52-76 hp)


A different set of models are produced in Brazil.
Valtra is also the only tractor manufacturer in the world to offer an a la carte option meaning you can choose cab, color and various other options.

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