50th year for New Holland Agriculture Antwerp plant
New Holland Agriculture celebrated 50 years of operations at its Antwerp facility: New Holland Tractor, Belgium. Estd in 1930 as a Ford car assembly factory, the Antwerp site was coverted to a tractor plant in 1964 to manufacture complete tractors. Since 1996, production and assembly of rear axles and transmissions for New Holland tractors has been the focus here. Currently, 100+ drivelines are produced daily and sent to New Holland’s plant in Basildon (UK).
Belgian Minister for Employment, Monica De Coninck, the Mayor of Antwerp, Bart De Wever were the guests of honour for today’s celebrations.Once on the shop floor, Minister De Coninck addressed the facility’s employees, congratulating New Holland Tractor on its Golden Jubilee. Guests were given a demonstration of the New Holland T6 and T7 tractors, and both had the opportunity to test drive them.
“We at New Holland Tractor are very proud of this anniversary. This is, first and foremost, a celebration of our fantastic team of over 1,000 employees. The effort and know-how of our people, the innovation in both products and in processes and the desire to become even better, have made this plant what it is today. It was a pleasure to host Minister De Coninck and Mayor De Wever and to answer their many interesting questions on our operations,” said Plant Manager Luc Thysen on the anniversary and visit.
“The strength of a company like New Holland Tractor lies in the cooperation between the management and the employees to deliver top quality, as well as in the cooperation with the government and socioeconomic partners. The formation of employees, the quality of their work and their motivation can also make the difference. A clear company vision is essential to have everybody working together to reach the same goal and to reach the top. And this is what I can see happening here in Antwerp,” commented Minister De Coninck during her speech.
Mayor De Wever highlighted the importance of New Holland’s industrial activity in the area. He said, “New Holland Tractor and its predecessors have been a solid employer for more than 80 years in the harbour of Antwerp. We acknowledge the fact that they continue to invest in our city and region and offer employment opportunities to thousands of residents.”
New Holland Tractor Antwerp facility is a bronze award recipient from the World Class Manufacturing program. New Holland Agriculture has a manufacturing facility in Zedelgem, Belgium. New Holland is a leader in sales of tractors, combine harvesters and big balers in Belgium.