Construction of new Argo Tractors distribution branch gets underway to support McCormick products

Laying the cornerstone of the new Argo France development (from left) local Mayor Dominique Berger and Simeone Morra, Corporate Business Director, Argo Tractors; Jean Luc Fernandez, General Manager, Argo France; Franco Artoni, Strategic Projects Global Coordinator and Antonio Salvaterra, Marketing Director, Argo Tractors.

Ambitious plans for the expansion of Argo Tractors operations in France will be underpinned by a new, modern headquarters facility south-east of Lyon that reflects the major investments being made by the McCormick tractors manufacturer to provide modern facilities and resources in support of its dealers and end customers worldwide.

Construction got underway when the first corner stones were laid for the new Argo France base at Vaulx-Milieu to support the distribution of Argo’s McCormick tractors in the country.

The new Argo France site will be a national training centre, with the technological resources and know-how to support dealers and their customers.

The foundation stone-laying ceremony was attended by top management of the family-owned Argo Tractors business and the local French authorities, including the local mayor, Mr Dominique Berger.

Ambitious plans

Jean Luc Fernandez, General Manager of Argo France, said: “The Argo Tractors group has invested a great deal to establish this branch, which will play an important role in French agri-business, with the goal for the next five years of enlarging the dealer network by 20% to achieve 70% representation across the country. We aim to achieve a market share of 5%, establish a presence in the orchard and vineyard tractors segment, increase sales of medium and high power tractors, and reach a turnover of more than 70 million euros.”

An enlarged dedicated sales team will work to establish new dealer partnerships, while customer satisfaction, the importance of the company and dealer image, and the group’s "Company 4.0" digital transformation are well established elements of the branch’s approach.

“The digital and marketing challenges are the focus of the Argo France strategy, which also strives to ensure maximum support for the Landini and McCormick dealerships,” said Jean Luc Fernandez.

The new premises will be modelled on the AgriArgo Iberica headquarters in Spain opened in 2017.

Simeone Morra, Corporate Business Director of Argo Tractors, said: “We are a big family group, growing fast and with a significant international presence. We can be proud of our excellent range of tractors and we constantly invest in new tractors and processes.

"At Vaulx-Milieu, we will strive to continue this expansion, establishing a fully operational site with offices, showrooms, training centre and tractor test fields, taking our example from the excellent work demonstrated in the development of the Spanish branch in Villamarciel, inaugurated last year and now fully up and running.”

New partnerships

An enhanced presence on the market with the opening of new branches and new commercial agreements with strategic partners are part of the development plans of Argo Tractors, which has been increasing its key numbers in recent times.

The Italian group is also focused on markets in which the Landini, McCormick, and Valpadana brands have potential for growth, such as Russia, India, China, and Africa, using the group’s South Africa branch in Johannesburg as a jumping off point to markets where new investments and increased sales resources can be focused.

“The means for achieving these objectives are many,” continued Simeone Morra. “Our action plan foresees investment of resources to create a more extensive and competitive sales team, implementing a distribution network based on new partnerships, but also pursuing a strategy of marketing and communication within the framework of digital transformation and “Company 4.0” projects.

“Obviously, to become established in new markets we must offer competitive products – and proof in this respect emerges clearly in the awards and other accolades given to our tractors by international judges.”

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