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Agco invests in Finnish engine plant

Written by  Mark Daniel
AGCO’s new facility in Linnavuori, in Nokia, will include a new laboratory for testing combustion engines running on alternative fuels, alongside a range of electric solutions. AGCO’s new facility in Linnavuori, in Nokia, will include a new laboratory for testing combustion engines running on alternative fuels, alongside a range of electric solutions.

While Nokia is more likely recognised for mobile devices, a major investment of €70m (NZ$126m) by global farm machinery brand AGCO at its facility in Linnavuori, in Nokia, will see the plant establish a new laboratory for testing combustion engines running on alternative fuels, alongside a range of electric solutions, including hybrids, fuel cells and high-voltage battery technology.

Building on more than €100 million already spent at the plant over the past five years, and where around 1000 staff are employed, the new 11,000m² buildings will be completed through 2024/25.

They will include a training and visitor centre, a production hall for machining cylinder heads and manufacturing CVT components, alongside a new paint shop and testing capabilities for remanufactured engines.

The new production hall will also house a new machining line with a high degree of automation for manufacturing the cylinder heads of AGCO CORE engines.

The €70 million investment will also allow the facility to expand the manufacturing of CVT components for AGCO’s Fendt, Massey Ferguson and Valtra brands, with plans to produce more high precision transmission components.

Juha Tervala, managing director of AGCO Power, says that the investment will allow the company to grow its remanufacturing capabilities.

“Remanufactured products are stripped down to their individual components, inspected, cleaned and fully rebuilt. We have remanufactured used engines toward a circular economy since 1990. Any product improvements are based on the latest revision, as they are repaired, before the thoroughly tested and painted engine is signed off with a full factory warranty.”

Tervala says that the facility currently produces around one million gear wheels and axles annually, but this will double after the new facilities come fully on stream.

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