The AGCO/Fendt management has taken the initiative to found the new “Fendt Classic Club International”. Aim of this new club is to set up a comprehensive and attractive presentation of more than 90 years of very successful Fendt history.
The founding meeting of the Fendt Classic Club International took place on Wednesday, October 27th, 2021 at the Fendt Forum in Marktoberdorf, Germany. Among the about 60 participants were the mayor of Marktoberdorf, Dr. Wolfgang Hell, Torsten Dehner, Senior Vice President Fendt & Valtra Global AGCO, the AGCO/Fendt management board with the AGCO/Fendt management team, some owners of considerable Fendt classic car collections and some active and former Fendt employees from all company divisions.
Sepp Nuscheler, First Chairman of the Fendt Classic Club International
Christoph Gröblinghoff, Chairman of the AGCO/Fendt Management Board
The initiator of the Fendt Classic project, Fendt boss Christoph Gröblinghoff, stated in his speech that Fendt with its long history offered identification for customers, sales partners, all employees and for the entire Fendt fan community. Gröblinghoff: “For years, we have been noticing a constantly growing interest in historic agricultural technology in general, and especially for Fendt. What’s more, many experts in the classic car scene have been noticing a particularly high demand for Fendt classic tractors for some time now. This is having a positive effect on the image of the Fendt brand.”
Gröblinghoff self-critically admitted that the company had not been able to devote enough attention to the topics of Fendt Classic and Fendt History in the past. “With all the demanding tasks of organizing growth and the full line at Fendt, there was too little time and capacity for these historical topics. That is about to change. With the active support of the Fendt management and all company divisions, the Fendt Classic Club International will revitalize the Fendt Classic scene and thus take on an important task for the Fendt brand,” Christoph Gröblinghoff stated.
The important subject areas and fields of action of the Fendt Classic Club International include the establishment and consolidation of an extensive Fendt archive with technical documents, photos, films, publications and drawings, an exciting presentation of Fendt history based on past highlights, cooperation with the existing regional Fendt Clubs and owners of attractive Fendt collections, the organization of Fendt Classic events and participation in Classic events representing the Fendt brand. It is also conceivable that the Fendt Classic Club will become the operator of the future Fendt Museum planned for Marktoberdorf.
“I am pleased that three former and two active Fendt employees have been elected to the first board of the Fendt Classic Club International and will be driving the first activities in the near future. We hope that the Fendt Classic Club will grow and flourish and that many members will actively work on the various topics with a great deal of passion,” says Gröblinghoff.
The following people were elected to the first board of the Fendt Classic Club International:
- First chairman: Sepp Nuscheler, former Fendt Press Officer
- Vice Chairman: Karl-Heinz Welz, former Manager Transmissions factory Marktoberdorf
- Vice Chairman: Walter Wagner, Vice President and Head of Development Fendt Tractors
- Treasurer: Bernhard Bartussek, Head of Taks Department AGCO GmbH Marktoberdorf
- Secretary: Hans Heinle, former Product Area Manager Development Fendt Tractors
Fendt can look back on over 90 years of very successful company development with numerous highlights. For around 70 years, the Fendt families were responsible for the rise and success of the machine and tractor factory Xaver Fendt & Co, Marktoberdorf. The company founders and main shareholders Dr. Hermann Fendt and Xaver Fendt were respected entrepreneurial personalities who, with a great deal of diligence, courage, fresh ideas and the thriftiness innate in the Allgäu region, successfully built up the Fendt company over decades with ups and downs.
They were the ones who established the Fendt spirit and corporate culture together with the Fendt workforce. Today, Fendt has now been part of the world’s third-largest US agricultural technology group, AGCO Corporation, for almost 25 years. A stroke of luck for all involved. With the current stronger integration of the Fendt brand into the AGCO strategy, further dynamic growth of the Fendt brand is evident. All in all, bright prospects for the years to come.
Contact Fendt Classic Club International:
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