New Holland Fiat India (NHFI), one of the leading agricultural equipment companies in India, celebrated today the 250,000th tractor rolled out of the assembly line of its Greater Noida facility. During the ceremony, Mr Rakesh Malhotra, Head of NHFI, handed the key to the tractor – a New Holland 5500 – to its proud customer Smt. Hema Raghuwanshi from Vidisha district, Madhya Pradesh.
This important milestone comes just three years after New Holland rolled out its 150,000th tractor, highlighting the remarkable growth in its tractor business. A subsidiary of CNH Global and part of the Fiat Industrial Group, NHFI has expanded its business vision beyond its technologically superior range of 32 hp to 75 hp tractors. Today the company also manufactures the 8000 family of 3- and 4-cyliner Tier 3 engines, 3 families of transmissions and other components. It has become the first company in India to offer complete farming solutions from sowing to harvesting with a wide range of implements and hay and forage equipment, as well as specialized mechanization. Its unique product offering includes sugarcane harvesters, biomass solutions, balers, mowers and choppers.
Expansion plans for Greater Noida and new plant in Chakan announced
As a continuation of this fast growth track, NHFI has announced at the event its plans to increase production capacity at its Greater Noida factory to reach 60,000 tractors within two years, and to set up a new plant at Chakan in Maharashtra to manufacture sugarcane harvesters, cotton pickers and combine harvesters. The new factory is expected to be operational by 2015. These plans fit within the company’s aggressive growth program in India and further reveal its commitment to providing complete farm mechanization solutions for a variety of crops and agricultural businesses.
Mr Franco Fusignani, Fiat Industrial Chief Operating Officer Asia Pacific, who presided over the official ground breaking ceremony of the Greater Noida plant in 1998, commented about the milestone, “I have been closely involved in New Holland’s history in India from the very beginning, following its progress as it has been anticipating and meeting the changing needs of farmers. NHFI’s success has also come from its careful attention to the customer, which extends beyond high productivity farming techniques, fuel consumption and operator comfort to include a focus on the environment and sustainable practices. This is a source of great pride and I am confident that it will continue to support as effectively the future development of Indian farming.”