This leading German company was set up by August Claas in Herzebrock, Westphalia in 1913. The first successful product was a knotting machine for binding straw efficiently, but development of a combine harvester was a priority. The first prototypes appeared in 1936, full production beginning after the war. Notable combine harvester models included the Super, Europa, Matador and Lexion. Forage harvesters were added later, and in 2003 Claas took over Renault Agriculture. The range in the 21st century included combine harvesters, forage harvesters, agricultural tractors and balers.
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