Deutz-Fahr

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This article is about the German tractor manufacturer. For other uses, see Deutz.
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Deutz-Fahr Agrotron 215 tractor
Deutz-Fahr StarLiner 4045H combine harvester

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.

SDF purchased the Deutz AG engine business from the former KHD in 2003, and then purchased the Ðuro Ðakovic combine business in Croatia, which built combines licensed from Deutz-Fahr.

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.

In August 2007, Deutz sold the engine company, (part of which was formerly MWM GmbH) to the financial investor 3i as Deutz Power Systems (DPS) for 360 million euro. DPS was later renamed MWM GmbH.

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