The 831 staff at the CNH Industrial plant in St. Valentin, Austria, home of Steyr tractors, celebrated the milestone production of 10,000 machines during 2022. The 10,000th tractor, a 300hp (rated) 6300 Terrus CVT which is the largest in the Steyr range, left the production line just before Christmas.
The St. Valentin plant produces tractors from 100-300hp (rated), made from 14,500 parts from over 420 global suppliers, each tractor taking around 40 hours to build, with a tractor leaving the line every ten minutes. With 6,400 different specifications, it is rare that any two tractors are the same. Recent developments at the 170,180m2 plant have included a major investment in a new paint facility. In 2022, the factory received the BGF (Workplace Health Promotion) seal of quality for the third time, acknowledging the wide variety of activities that have been put in place to promote employee health.
“Given the challenges the industry is facing, we are delighted to have produced 10,000 tractors during the past year,” says Hannes Woegerbauer, St. Valentin plant manager. “Issues such as component supply problems and the need to protect the workforce from coronavirus could have had a significant impact on production, but as a team we worked to overcome the hurdles and meet customer demand.” “It is appropriate that the 10,000th tractor to leave the St. Valentin production line during 2022 should be the top model in the flagship Steyr range,” says Christian Huber, Vice President Global Tractor Product Management & Managing Director CNH Industrial Austria GmbH. “It’s a clear illustration of farmers’ growing needs for premium levels of power and technology as farm equipment efficiency becomes ever more important. I think the fact we have again broken the 10,000 unit production barrier shows just how much this type of tractor is in demand as farms grow larger – where smaller units such as the Steyr Profi and Expert continue to make up a large part of our production volume.”