CLAAS is an agricultural machinery manufacturer founded in 1913, based in Harsewinkel / Germany in the region of North Rhine Westphalia. CLAAS agricultural products are usually sold under the CLAAS name, except in North America where CLAAS combines are distributed as LEXION combines by Caterpillar dealers. The CLAAS product range includes combine harvesters, forage harvesters, balers, mowers, rakes, tedders and other harvesting machines.
In 2004, CLAAS purchased the Renault Tractors & Agricultural division that manufactured tractors from the French company Renault .
The start of the CLAAS took place in 1913, when August Claas developed the company in Clarholz, Germany. In 1919, the business was transferred to Harsewinkel, Germany, where the company focused on the production of reapers. Two years later the company obtained their first patent – for a knotter to efficiently binded straw. In 1930, the first Harvester was developed with the European market in mind with the first Pick-up Baler following in 1934.
1913 CLAAS was founded by August Claas Clarholz/Germany
1919 CLAAS moved to Harsewinkel/Germany. The production of reapers started.
1921 First CLAAS patent for a knotter for efficient straw binding.