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Visit to CNH Assembly plant in Basildon

Friday 24th July 2015

On a rainy Friday morning Ipswich Engineering Society visited the assembly plant of CNH (Case New Holland) in Basildon Essex. We received a warm welcome from Eric Broadbent and team who gave us a presentation on the history of the site and company and guided us around the factory. Despite the weather and journey to Essex this was a well-attended event, our numbers well in excess of 20 were such that we had to be divided into two groups for the factory tour. During the presentation we learnt of the site history, originally as the Ford tractor plant having moved from Dagenham, 1964. The official opening being on the 27th April 1965. The factory is still on this original Basildon site in Cranes Farm Road, the large water tower capable of holding 200,000 gallons has over that time become a local landmark. In 1986 following an amalgamation with New Holland the company became Ford New Holland, but in 1991 Ford sold its remaining interest in the company to Fiat, the company now being known as Fiat New Holland. Today it is known as Case New Holland and is part of the Fiatagri group. The tour of the highly mechanised factory was most interesting, the factory is capable of producing 180 tractors a day on single shift, with further capacity if two shifts are worked. Currently producing around 500 tractors per week, around 97% of the tractors produced at Basildon are for export. We were able to see the production lines, paint area and final test as well as the rigorous quality control procedures employed by CNH at Basildon. Finally we finished our visit in the Customer Centre where we were able to intimately look around the many tractors on display. This was a thoroughly good, interesting and informative visit which was much appreciated by all those that attended

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