SAME DEUTZ-FAHR (SDF), founded in Treviglio, Italy, in 1927 by Francesco and Eugenio Cassani, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of tractors, combine harvesters, specialistic harvesters, diesel engines and farm machinery. The company’s products are marketed under the brands SAME, DEUTZ-FAHR, LAMBORGHINI and Grégoire.
In 2003 the Company became a key shareholder of DEUTZ AG, a German stock-exchange listed company and one of the world's leading independent manufacturers of industrial diesel engines. SDF holds 8.44% of the German engine specialist's capital stock.
The Company strategy, which has long been oriented towards internationalization, combines decentralized production activities with a sales and service network providing extensive coverage of all key markets. Sales, after-sales service and parts distribution are handled by 15 subsidiaries, 141 importers, and 3,000 dealers located in all parts of the world.
Following the dynamics of the global economy and the importance that new markets and emerging economies are assuming, SDF is currently investing heavily in Russia, India and, with the recent Joint Venture Shandong Changlin DEUTZ-FAHR Machinery Co., in China.
Currently the Company's production is based in four plants in Europe (Italy, Germany, France and Croatia), one in India, one in Russia and one in China. Furthermore, in Bandirma, Turkey, the production of tractors from 50 to 70 HP has started in co-operation with a local partner. SDF offers a vast range of tractors with models from 25 to 270 HP to meet all types of application requirements. Important investments in R&D brought the development of our own CVT transmission for our mid-range tractors. The current tractor range with CVT transmissions goes from 100 to 260 HP and will be extended up to 440 HP in the next 2 years. The range of combine harvesters covers the market's core segments, with models from 100 to 366 HP. Thanks to the investment in DEUTZ AG and to the localization of SAME engines in India, SDF is now a world-class player in the industrial diesel engine sector.
The recent acquisition (September 2011) of the French Grégoire SAS, the world leader in production and distribution of olive and grape harvesting machines, completes an outstanding offering for the specialist range, providing unique solutions for the most demanding wine and oil producers.
Innovation, quality, and superb standards of customer service are a strategic priority. In 2006, the Treviglio headquarters of SDF opened a new R&D centre, focused on several key areas including: transmissions, system electronics, ergonomics and exhaust emissions. Co-design ventures with international partners who are engaged in supplying critical components, makes it possible to guarantee excellence of the end product. The centre can also count on collaboration with several leading European universities.
In 2011, SDF, which employees 2,853 people worldwide, recorded net sales of 1,115 million Euros and an EBIT of 62 million Euro.