The Association of Hungarian Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers (MEGOSZ) hast honored Helmut Claas for his contribution to the Hungarian agricultural machinery industry.
Reception at the August-Claas-Haus in Harsewinkel (from left): Tamas Csanadi (Head of R&D CLAAS Hungaria and Board Member of MEGOSZ), Andreas Szakacsi (Managing Director of CLAAS Hungaria), Dr. Andras Sziraki (former director of Mezögep Szolnok und former founder and chairman of MEGOSZ), Helmut Claas, Norbert Ortkras (former foreman at the test workshop Harsewinkel) und Jan-Hendrik Mohr.
The cooperation of CLAAS with companies and institutions in Hungary has a long lasting tradition. Company founder August Claas had already worked with different scientific institutions, which led to numerous partnerships that have been further cultivated and broadened by Helmut Claas. “A fruitful cooperation evolved in various areas such as manufacturing technology, quality assurance and logistics”, remembers Helmut Claas. As early as the 1970’s and 1980’s – still during the cold war – straw harvesters, cabins, screen boxes as well as complete drum mowers and diesel engines were manufactured for CLAAS in Hungary.
In the early 1990s Hungary possessed an agricultural machinery industry that was well prepared for the free market. Today, the CLAAS Hungaria Kft., which was founded by Helmut Claas in 1997, is the biggest manufacturer of agricultural machinery in the country.