Kverneland Group is a world leader in the manufacture of vinyard and general agricultural machinery, the latter incorporating RAU, Kleine, Accord and Vicon.
Among the most widely use and respected of Kverneland products are their reversible ploughs, power harrows and cultivators.
The company was established in Norway in 1879 by Ole Gabriel Kverneland, who set up a small forge to produce scythes. A talented inventor, he achieved a competitive advantage by designing his own mass production process based on a water powered spring hammer system. The company launched its first tractor plough in 1928, followed by buckrakes, hay forks, stone forks and harrows.
From the 1950s the company experienced continued growth, partly through acquisition of makers of related products. However, it was the 1990s that brought the most rapid expansion through acquisition of such names as Taarup (Denmark), Kidd (UK), Modena (Italy) and Silo-Wolff (Germany).
The company's market leadership was established in 1998 by the acquisition of two highly respected agricultural machinery manufacturers - the Netherlands-based Greenland group (grassland machinery, including Vicon) and RAU, with its high-tech sprayers and cultivators.
The company entered the grape harvesting machinery market in 2000 with the acquisition of the world's leading producer in this sector - the French company, Gregoire SA.
Kverneland now employs over 3800.