Massey Ferguson: A family company that became a pioneering brand.
Discover the milestones that formed the history of our brand.
1847 - Daniel Massey first farm workshop
Daniel Massey was a farmer for several decades until he decided to focus his work on machinery repair and created the 'Massey Manufacturing Company' in 1847, in Newcastle (Ontario, Canada). That's how the story began. Fourty years later (1891), the company merged with 'A.Harris, Son and Company' to form 'Massey-Harris Limited'. We are 'Born To Farm' since the very beginning, just like you. Made by farmers, for farmers.
1933 - The birth of the Ferguson system ('Ferguson Black tractor')
Harry Ferguson created his company by negotiating sales for tractor factories. However, he found that tractors and their implement towing coupling was too rudimentary and so he designed an integrated unit to couple tractor to implement. The Ferguson system was born, and became the global standard, allowing the effort to be transferred to the rear axle and the front axle for more grip and safety. This idea led to the production of the first ever prototype of the ‘Ferguson black tractor’, the ancestor of all modern tractors. This was the building block to bringing you straightforward and dependable machinery.
1936 - Launch of the "Ferguson Brown" tractor
In 1936, the 'Ferguson Brown' tractor was introduced to the public and production began. Based on the 'Ferguson Black' prototype, this distinctive tractor was created by Harry Ferguson and manufactured by the David Brown Company. It was a true revolution and a special training school was set up to train farmers to maximize the performance of this new tractor. Farmers are at the core of everything we do, and everything we have done. You can be assured that it will never change.
1953 - Massey Harris & Ferguson Merger
In 1953, Massey-Harris (Canada) and Harry Ferguson ltd (UK) merged together to become Massey-Harris-Ferguson. The association of these two pioneering brands brought the very best in tractor technology to create the ultimate farm machinery supplier. Our purpose has always been to provide you with a large range of products to fit your needs.
1957 - Massey Ferguson Birth
On the 19th November 1957, four years after merging, 'Massey Harris Ferguson' became 'Massey Ferguson'. That's how our brand -as you know it- was born! ... And the rest is history.
1957 - Antarctica 1
In 1957, Sir Edmund Hillary and his team embarked upon the Antarctica 1 expedition, a three months journey to the South Pole, equipped with TE20 tractors. On the 4th January 1958, they reached their destination and Hillary sent a telegram to Coventry: “Our Ferguson's had brought us over 1250 miles (2000 km) of snow, ice, crevasses and blizzard to be the first vehicles to drive to the South Pole.” Providing you with reliable, straightforward and dependable machines which can work anywhere in the world, it’s in our DNA.
1962 - Multipower Gearbox (MF 65)
In 1962, we introduced the multi-power gearbox. For the first time in the industry, farmers could select high and low ranges in each gear by simply operating a dashboard switch. A few years later, at the end of the 70's, we introduced synchromesh gearboxes, allowing rapid and smooth acceleration up to full speed while hauling heavy loads. We’ve always aimed to help you increase your efficiency from the beginning.
1972 - Launch of the MF 760, the largest combine in the world
In 1972, the MF 760 combine was known as one of the largest combines of its day and was used in Europe with 24ft (7.3m) tables. In the late 1970s, it sets the standard for harvesting 100 acres (41.6 ha) in a day’s work. Since that day, our combine range kept on growing to help you get the job done easily!
Stay tuned, this milestone will be revealed on Monday 8th August. Let's celebrate our 175 years together! In the meantime…be part of the celebrations and join us on our social media channels. See you on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.