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In 1906 Leon Claeys, a Belgian mechanic, started to build threshing machines.[1] In 1909 he built his factory in Zedelgem, Belgium, to manufacture harvesting machines.[2]

In 1952 Claeys produced the first European self-propelled combine harvester[2] and by the 1960s, Claeys was one of the biggest combine manufacturers in Europe;[1] in 1964 the majority of Claeys was acquired by Sperry New Holland. In 1967 the company changed the name in Clayson and in 1986 was merged with the Ford Tractors division.[2] In 1991 Ford Tractors was acquired by FiatAgri and became New Holland and later merged with Case IH to form CNH Global.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 New Holland official site http://agriculture.newholland.com/uk/en/WNH/whoweare/Pages/alonghistory.aspx
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 CARROLL J.: The world encyclopedia of tractors and farm machinery, 1999 LORENZ BOOKS, p.109

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