KRONE, manufacturing modern forage harvesting equipment to the highest quality standards and at competitive prices at the small village of Spelle in northern Germany, is committed to continuously push the efficiency of farm machinery to ever higher levels. It is the right blend of innovation, expertise and customer focus that has made KRONE one of the German market leaders and the long-term market leader in disc mowers and round balers. The full product range comprises disc mowers, tedders, rotor rakes, forage wagons as well as round and square balers and includes the two SP harvesters BiG M and BiG X. BiG M is a high-capacity mower conditioner that works at widths of 13.20 m. The BiG X precision-chop forage harvester is currently the world's most powerful forage harvester. KRONE markets BiG X in various power bands that range from 500 hp to more than 1,000 hp. As the first mover in the agricultural sector, KRONE has again and again presented spearheading innovations in forage technology. After all, advanced farm machinery is absolutely essential to make farming a viable operation. For example, KRONE was the first manufacturer to introduce a round baler with integral wrapper – our Combi Pack baler wrapper that bales and wraps in one operation. Our BiG M high-capacity SP mower conditioner quickly set up new and welcomed bench marks in the farming community. After all, there are currently more than 1,000 units working in the fields around the world.
ince the labour market in Spelle and the surrounding region was depleted in the 1960s, Bernard Krone bought a site in the structurally undeveloped region around Werlte to build todays commercial vehicle site.
KRONE began to produce its "Alleslader" or multi-loader, the company's first trailer that loaded and unloaded grass, hay, straw and silage unassisted.
KRONE's first self-propelled machine caused a sensation when it was launched at the DLG 1984 in Frankfurt, and created a great level of interest in the trade press. However, there was no great demand for the Tillage Trac from customers. With a purchase price of 120.000 DM plus tilling equipment, the Tillage Trac was to remain a flash in the pan, and never entered serial production.
The BiG M was so powerful that it even claimed two world records for itself in the 2001 Guinness Book of Records. In June 1999, the high-performance mower mowed a grass area of 315.1 hectares in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania in 24 hours. This impressive achievement was the first world record. The second one was won by the BiG M for its one-hour performance of 15.2 hectares.
The 2.000 m² "Drive & Train" training and exhibition centre was opened in 2001. In addition to classrooms here, customers, employees and the public can visit an exhibition hall and the KRONE shop, which sells a wide range of merchandising articles. Part of Drive & Train is the 18.000 m² outside area, which is used for test driving KRONE machines.
As part of the project "MBK 2015" the new KRONE logistics centre was officially opened in May 2012. This investment of around 2.6 mio Euro shows KRONE's loyalty to Spelle and the region. With a floor area of approximately 4,000 square metres, the new building has four general loading bays plus one given over specifically to handling containers. An average of 20 to 30 HGVs are turned around each day, enough to transport between 120 and 150 machines.
In April 2013 the KRONE training centre is opened, where around 5,000 end customers, service staff and dealers pass through KRONE's training programme every year.
KRONE invests around 10 mio Euro in a new production hall for the self-propelled machines BiG X and BiG M. This hall doubles the forager production capacity from 300 to up to 600 machines.
The new KRONE Technology Centre houses nearly 500 employees from a range of departments, including Research & Development, Testing & Prototyping, IT, Procurement, Technical Marketing, Product Management and Project Management.This investment of around 14.5 mio Euro rounds off the Maschinenfabrik 2015 project. KRONE has been investing systematically and on a large scale at the Spelle site over recent years to increase the efficiency of production and all associated processes in the agricultural machinery plant.
Combined Powers is the name of a joint KRONE / Lemken project and design concept – the autonomous ‘process unit’ that consists of a drive unit and various implements. After passing trials in cultivating, ploughing, sowing, mowing, tedding and raking last year, innovative concept will be integrated in the well-proven forage harvesting and tillage systems of the two companies.