GRIMME Gruppe on course for success
18 September 2017
The Family owned company GRIMME was founded in 1861 and turned over € 355 m in 2015 which could increased by 13.5 % to € 403 m in 2016. The business has over 2200 staff members (core workforce) worldwide and has a presence in over 120 countries.
The GRIMME Landmaschinenfabrik
The GRIMME Landmaschinenfabrik achieved an 11 % sales increase from € 228 m to € 253 m. Due to stable prices for potatoes, sugar and vegetables a further sizeable increase is expected for 2017. The developments in the beet harvesting equipment are especially pleasing, where the turnover could increase by over 140 %. A huge focus in the last few years on quality improvement, innovation and stable sugar prices have contributed to this formidable result.
SPUDNIK: American Potato and Beet technology
The North American potato and beet harvesting machinery company SPUDNIK was able to achieve a record breaking year thanks to their innovative thinking and products, despite very low potato prices. SPUDNIK was founded in 1958 and has been in partnership with GRIMME since 2003, employing over 260 workers. In 2013 SPUDNIK launched the pneumatic separator called AirSep, which then went on to win the highest award of the German Agricultural Society (DLG) - the Gold medal for harvest and storage equipment later on in that year. Until now more than 150 units of the AirSep have been sold to potato growers. This amongst other innovations are the driving forces behind this businesses success despite such poor potato prices in North America.
ASA-LIFT: Danish Vegetable harvesting equipment
ASA-LIFT was founded in Denmark in 1936 as a specialist for vegetable equipment. It was acquired by the GRIMME group in 2013. High levels of innovation, technological developments and the use of the worldwide GRIMME sales network resulted in the largest turnover in the company’s history in 2016. Since the takeover four years ago turnover has increased by over 40 %. This year a further turnover growth of over 10 % is forecast, partially due to good crop prices.
INTERNORM: Technology out of Polyurethan
The business in Damme which was founded in 1987 makes products out of the highly wear resistant polyurethan employs 160 people, and also achieved a record turnover level last year. A sizeable investment in a new logistics centre resulted in a 30 % larger production space and a 250 % larger storage space increase.
RICON: Factory for webs and conveying equipment:
GRIMME have developed and built their own webs and conveying technology for over 60 years. The highly successful business development and the increasing potential in the OEM market (as an "Original Equipment Manufacturer") have all been placed under the company name RICON as of July 2017. 100 employees work at the 10 000 m² factory in Rieste, Niedersachsenpark, Germany. Their own research and development department is made up of very experienced engineers, who know the complex and uncommon nature of this product and what is required for GRIMME machinery very well.
Sales and service companies worldwide:
The GRIMME sales and service subsidiaries in Uelzen (Lower Saxony, Germany), the UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Poland, Turkey, Russia, India and China aim to strengthen GRIMME´s position as market leader. In Belgium and Ireland there are brand new sales and service depots with modern workshops, large parts storage and new office space currently under construction.
The new 13000 m² factory in Tianjin, China, is located about 130 km south east from Peking, and is close to completion. It will also replace the old sales and service department in Peking. GRIMME machinery specifically tailored to the Chinese market, will be built in the new factory. A new product management and R&D team will be set up to meet local demands. GRIMME is investing over € 13 m in this growing market.
The Grimme Family:
Franz Grimme is the fourth generation of the Grimme family to take the reins, and has done so since 1980. Christine Grimme has been responsible for Public Relations since 2000. Their 29 year old son Christoph has been part of the sales team since July 2016 and is responsible for international production, including the new factory in China. He also founded the start-up company "Schmiede.ONE". His 27 year old brother Philipp currently works as business development manager for the AGCO agricultural group in South Africa, and will add his acquired business knowledge and experiences to the family business in the near future.
The GRIMME group is in safe hands for facing the future challenges of the digitization of agriculture and the technology used within the industry. The business will present a variety of innovative, new machines boasting new technology and higher productivity at Agritechnica 2017.
Source: GRIMME Landmaschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG