Celebrating 140 Years
2019 marks the year of our past and the future. Kverneland Group is proud to announce 140 years of existence. We are thankful for 140 years of collaborations and loyalty from our customers, dealers, importers, employees and suppliers. It is because of these relationships Kverneland Group has grown into becoming one of the key players in the Agricultural Implement Industry. Thank you for being a part of our success story – and Kverneland Group.
Our history dates back to 1879 when the founder, Ole Gabriel Kverneland, built a forge to manufacture scythes, in the village of Kverneland near Stavanger in Norway. From there O.G. Kverneland started the production of small ploughs. Today, an impressive 140 years later, Kverneland Group has grown into a leading international company developing, producing and distributing agricultural machinery and services. Our vision remains the same; Being a leading provider of intelligent and efficient farming systems contributing to sustainable agriculture, serving the world’s growing population.
During 2019, Kverneland Group will to use the opportunity to celebrate our history, the success stories, but most of all the good co-operations and partnerships together with the people around us that made it all possible.
Did you know?
Diving into our historic material, we came upon some interesting stories that we would like to share with you.
Although we want this 140 years anniversary to be about celebrating all of our collaborations, loyalty and dedication from our customers, dealers, importers, employees and suppliers – it is also about our 140 year long history. Presented in pictures, we give you some fun facts that you might did not know about the Kverneland Group adventure.
The history of Kverneland Group dates back to 1879 when the founder, Ole Gabriel Kverneland, built his small forge in the village of Kvernaland, 25 km outside of Stavanger, Norway. He named his business "O.G. Kvernelands Fabrik" and started to manufacture scythes.
Kverneland Group was a family business for its first 100 years. The company was headed by just three people, all with the name Ole Gabriel Kverneland.
First Ploughs & Harrows
The expansion in 1895 made the business a specialist factory for agricultural implements such as ploughs, harrows, scythes and sickles. Single-furrow horse ploughs for the Norwegian market soon accounted for most of Kvernelands Fabrikk’s turnover. Larger teams of horses were a consequence of mechanisation in agriculture.
The Norwegian World Ploughing Champion Hans Sylling on the tractor in 1960s, while Arne Sandkleiva watches closely. Sylling was employed as a travelling inspector– “ambassador” – and drove all over Europe.
The Famous Reversible Plough
The Reversible Plough of 1972 – a turning point which ensured continued growth and exports for the Jæren plough factory. Because of the double set of plough bottoms, these ploughs were normally heavy. One advantage of the Kverneland plough was the cavities, making it lighter in weight.
Grass implements into portfolio
Year is 1986 and Underhaugs Fabrikk in Nærbø, Norway, merges with Kverneland A/S. Grass implements are again added to the Kverneland program.
Seeding equipment complemneting the Kverneland arable range
In 1996 the German seeding machine manufacturer Accord is incorporated into Kverneland Group. Seeding machines again on the program.
Adding the Vineyard Business
In 2000 Kverneland Group enters the vineyard mechanisation market with the largest manufacturers within the branch, The French company Grégoire SA. A strategic move into new markets and product areas. After some years (2007) Kverneland Group decided to separate its Vineyard business from the rest of our operations so as to focus on our core business areas within Grass & Arable.
New ownership of Kverneland Group
Kubota Corporation acquires Kverneland Group and takes full ownership in May 2012. Kverneland Group continues as the implement specialist within the Kubota Group of companies, continuing to development of Kverneland machine sales worldwide.
Same year Kverneland Group acquires full control of Gallignani s.p.a., baler manufacturing company based in northern part of Italy. New company name of the Baler Competence Centre is Kverneland Group Ravenna S.r.l.
140 years of Farming Innovation
Kverneland Group have 2482 global employees. In factories located in Norway, Denmark, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Italy, Russia and China, dedicated people are developing the Kverneland product offering further, to serve the global farming base with smart and intelligent farm solutions. The Kverneland offering is available all over the world and is distributed via our own sales entities in 17 countries and via our importer-partners in another 60 countries. Together we celebrate 140 years in 2019. Hurray!