CNH Starts Tractor Production in Uzbekistan

Case New Holland, the largest western agricultural equipment company with production facilities in Uzbekistan, last week announced that following new agreements established with the local government, new production areas have recently been developed to further improve the company’s activity in Uzbekistan as a strategic position in the Central Asia countries.

CNH has just initiated the first extensive tractor production operations at its Tashkent plant, which includes new areas for welding cabs, assembly line and Customer Quality Audits. The new areas are aimed at the production of new ranges of tractors in the 80- to 130-hp segment while assuring the best levels of quality and reliability for all products. The new TL New Holland tractors have already rolled off the upgraded assembly line, while additional new models are planned to enter production later in 2009. This horsepower segment represents a high-potential opportunity in the market, being by far the largest TIV segment.

In addition to the new production areas, CNH has recently refurbished and restructured its Parts Depot to further strengthen the level of service for the farmers provided through 13 Service Centers distributed across Uzbekistan.

“We are the first global agricultural equipment company to locate and strengthen operations in Uzbekistan,” said Franco Fusignaniof CNH International SA. “We have been operating in this country since 1993; more than 6,000 of our machines (tractors, combines, cotton pickers, planters, etc.) are helping farmers in their jobs. The introduction of the new TL tractor at our plant in Tashkent has necessitated investment for the localization of key components and the service provided by our specialists that number more than 240 in the country, and who are the key for the success of our operations.”

In addition to manufacturing and service activities, CNH operations in Uzbekistan also include leasing operations, all of which are of fundamental importance to CNH’s business in order to provide quality products and the right service for the customer.

CNH is a world leader in the agricultural and construction equipment businesses. Supported by about 11,500 dealers in 160 countries, CNH consists of the Case and New Holland brand families.

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