LUGANO, Switzerland -- (November 3, 2011) -- Case IH, through its local distributor Northmec, recently delivered the first units of a fleet of 138 tractors and 4 sprayers to Pieter Van Zyl, PG Van Zyl and Dirk Fourie. The customers jointly farm 18,000 ha with maize in Western Transvaal, in the Northwest Province of South Africa. The new machines will renew and expand Messrs Van Zyl's and Fourie's fleet of Case IH equipment, which also includes combine harvesters.
"Case IH is the brand of choice for large-scale agricultural operations such as this," commented Diego H. de la Calle, CNH Business Director Africa. "We have the high productivity equipment they need and dedicated teams to support them and help them make the most efficient use of their resources to maximize productivity and achieve higher outputs."
The fleet will include 60 units of JX95 four-wheel-drive tractors. Running 98hp (72kW) engines, these tough, easy to use machines stand out for their extreme versatility and high fuel efficiency. Also in the fleet are fifty units of the 125hp (93kW) Maxxum 125 tractors, which can handle big workloads and a wide variety tasks, from livestock operations, to row crop applications and roadside mowing. Twenty-eight units of the latest model recently introduced in the South African market, the Magnum 340, complete the tractor fleet. Built for power, durability, comfort and productivity, this 340hp (250 kW) tractor is the machine of choice for large-scale farmers such as Messrs Van Zyl and Fourie. Case IH will also supply four Patriot® 3330 sprayers. These machines, featuring 250hp (186 kW) engines and a tank capacity of 3,785 liters, are designed to ensure even weight distribution, which results in less soil compaction and fewer ruts in the field, as well as the ability to get into wetter fields sooner. All the machines in the fleet add up to extreme versatility and productivity. The fleet will be supported by Northmec's service organisation, which already takes care of the customers' combine harvesters.
In July Messrs Pieter Van Zyl, PG Van Zyl and Dirk Fourie travelled to the United States with representatives from Case IH and Northmec to visit the factories where their equipment is manufactured: Racine for the Magnum tractors and Grand Island for their combine harvesters. Arno Du Plessis, Case IH product manager at Northmec, who accompanied them in the visit commented: "These customers have been working with Case IH combine harvesters, and their satisfaction with the quality of the products and the service they receive from Case IH has convinced them to trust us again when the time came to renew their tractor fleet. The visit to the manufacturing plants has further cemented our relationship, as they have seen first hand the care that goes into making their equipment."
Case IH is a recognized leader in the worldwide and South African combine harvester markets. The growing number of supply contracts such as this is testament to the traction the brand is gaining in the South African tractor segment with its premium range of high, medium and low horsepower tractors.
Messrs Pieter Van Zyl, PG Van Zyl and Dirk Fourie with their staff, Case IH and Northmec management at the Case IH manufacturing plant in Racine, USA.