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Deutz-Fahr German tractor, now a part of SAME Deutz-Fahr, traces its roots to 1894 when Deutz was founded. Deutz merged with Fahr, founded in 1870 by Johann Georg Fahr, in 1961 to become Deutz-Fahr. KHD, (Klöckner-Humboldt-Deutz), became the owner of Deutz-Fahr.
In 1969, KHD purchased the KÖLA company, a German-based manufacturer of combines.
Other joint ventures or cooperations included the Agrale-Deutz, with the Agrale tractor company; collaborations with the Indian Kirloskar company, manufacturer of engines and tractors; MeMo, a German company that exported Deutz-based tractors to the USA; PMA in Algeria; owned 30% of the Steiger company after International Harvester sold out; Torpedo, which built licensed tractors, sometimes under the Torpedo Deutz name; and trac-technik, (derived from Deutz Intrac's).
In Canada, Deutz-Fahr tractors were sometimes sold under the Co-op Implements name through a co-op of dealers.
KHD moved to grow the company with the purchase of the farm equipment business of the Allis-Chalmers company in 1985, which included the Gleaner combines. The Allis-Chalmers name was retired from the line, and it became Deutz-Allis.
KHD and Deutz-Allis struggled financially, and Deutz-Fahr sold the North American operations to a newly formed group, the Gleaner-Allis Corporation, later changed to Allis Gleaner Corporation, or AGCO, in 1990.
Deutz-Fahr continued having problems, and sold the Argentine operations to AGCO in 1997, including the Argentine engine business.
In 1995, KHD sold Deutz-Fahr to SAME Lamborghini-Hürlimann (SLH), or SAME, which renamed itself SAME Deutz-Fahr (SDF). The combine business was discontinued and out-sourced to AGCO. All Deutz-Fahr combines were then built at AGCO's Dronningborg factory in Denmark.
Deutz-Fahr had a joint venture in Argentina and built combines under the Deutz-Araus brand. AGCO later discontinued that brand and sold the Araus name to the Metalfor company.
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