Massey Ferguson is rightfully one of the leading brands in the world of agricultural machinery. Its history began in 1847 in Canada, when farmer Daniel Massey began to manufacture and repair machines for nearby farms in Ontario. Almost half a century later, Massey merged his production with the Harris company of Alanson Harris, which produces equipment on horse-drawn vehicles. The business grew rapidly to become Canada's largest agricultural machinery manufacturer, developing the world's first self-propelled combine harvester in 1938.
Twenty years later, the familiar name of the company appeared - Massey Ferguson. This momentous event happened in 1958 after the successful tractor business of Harry Ferguson Limited entered Massey-Harris.
In the same year, Massey Ferguson launched the extremely successful TE-20 tractor, which broke all records for the number of machines sold, with a total of 520,000 units sold since production began. It was on a tractor of this model in 1958 that Sir Edmund Hillary first reached the South Pole, writing his name in history. On three modified Massey Ferguson TE20 tractors, the team of the legendary explorer successfully coped with their task and proved to the world the exceptional reliability of this brand's equipment.
Another victory for the company was the Massey Ferguson 1505, released in 1978, the world's first electronically controlled linkage (ELC) tractor. Massey Ferguson's innovative approach ushered in a new era in precision and economical farming with the launch of the first “smart” tractors in the MF 3000 series in 1986, featuring a new, advanced electronic control system. It included the Autotronic system, which provided for two power streams and was responsible for the gearbox, PTO and lift, as well as the Datatronic system, which collected data and tracked the tractor's performance.
The Massey Ferguson brand joined AGCO in 1994, and after another 15 years of fruitful work, opened a new chapter in agricultural development with the launch of the Massey Ferguson 8600 series tractors, the first agricultural machines to use SCR technology for engines, providing record high power and economy fuel.
In 2014, Massey Ferguson vehicles were back in the spotlight as the world watched the amazing Antarctica2 expedition. Then Manon Ossevoort (also known as Tractor Girl) on a Massey Ferguson tractor followed the path of Sir Edmund Hillary, proving that nothing is impossible in the world. Thanks to the support of her team and her main partner, the Massey Ferguson 5610 tractor, the 38-year-old actress set off on a journey to the South Pole and overcame the difficult 2,500 km long journey across the polar ice. In total, the expedition lasted 17 days. During this time, both the participants and the tractor have invariably successfully coped with the severe tests that the nature of Antarctica has prepared for them: driving in conditions of a constant polar day, at extremely low temperatures, strong winds and sastrugs, snow storms and fogs. The tractor engine has been running almost without stopping from the very beginning of the expedition. Massey Ferguson not only coped with all the tasks set, but also once again became a clear proof of the high quality and reliability of the brand.
Over the more than 150-year history of Massey Ferguson's existence, more than 5 million tractors and 500 thousand combines have been produced. Currently, about 200 thousand tractors are produced annually under this brand, which are popular with farmers all over the world.
Scott Campbell, Director of Sales and Brand Development for Massey Ferguson:
- The Massey Ferguson brand, with centuries of experience in creating the best machines for agricultural mechanization, was one of the first to join AGCO. Today it is the largest manufacturer of agricultural machinery, whose priority remains to provide customers with exceptionally high-quality products and services. Continuing to expand within the corporation, Massey Ferguson brings together a full range of modern and high-performance agricultural equipment, the benefits of which have already been appreciated by farmers around the world. This brand has a rich history and, undoubtedly, excellent prospects.