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For early history see New Holland Machine Company
A modern New Holland combine harvester (CR 960)
A New Holland combine harvester TX-34
A New Holland quad baler
A New Holland TN-60 tractor with a brush attachment
A New Holland 5010 tractor used to convey visitors to the Mayan ruins at Tulum, Mexico

New Holland is a part of the company CNH Global, a division of the Fiat Group. New Holland branded agricultural equipment is sold around the world.



The New Holland brand has a history whose origins date back to Pennsylvania in 1895 when the New Holland Machine Company was originally founded.

The company has a rich history in earthmoving, dating back to 1921 through companies that, over the years have helped to shape the brand. Born out of the merger between Fiat Geotech and Ford in 1991, New Holland rapidly gained a vast resource of experience in engineering.

Today, New Holland is an integral part of the prestigious Kobelco CNH Australia empire and brings together the 235 years of combined history of the various brands to become a powerful global force in the agricultural and construction equipment market.

New Holland products are divided into New Holland Construction and New Holland Agriculture.

New Holland is supported through an international dealer and service center network.

New Holland Philippines

In the Philippines, New Holland Construction is represented by its exclusive dealer JVF Commercial.

Abram Zimmerman

The corporate entity now known as the New Holland Division of CNH Global began its corporate existence as the New Holland Machine Works founded as a blacksmith shop by Abram Zimmerman in 1895.[1] Abe Zimmerman was the third child of the seven children born to Martin W. and Anna (Martin) Zimmerman. He purchased an old horse barn located on North Railroad Avenue on the edge of the town of New Holland, Pennsylvania to house the blacksmith shop.

Zimmerman's major product line was his invention of a freeze-proof, hit-and-miss gasoline engine of various h.p. sizes These engines powered a variety of belt-driven barn and home implements, such as his New Holland livestock cob and feed mill, wood saw, stone crusher (for crushing stones taken from the field for paving the farm lane), to butter churns, washing machines and other appliances New Holland didn't make. The New Holland gasoline engine had a unique tapered water jacket which, during freezing weather, would force the freezing water to rise in the jacket as ice, rather than simply expand and crack the water jacket.



Past mergers

The New Holland Machine Company was purchased by the Sperry Corporation in 1947, to form Sperry-New Holland. In 1964, it purchased a majority interest in Claeys of Belgium, a builder of combine harvesters. New Holland built lawn equipment until 1974, when that portion of the business was sold to Ariens. Ford purchased New Holland, and later sold a portion to Fiat, which later purchased the entire company. Ford/New Holland purchased the Versatile tractor company and in 1998, purchased O&K (Orenstein and Koppel), a construction equipment company. In 1998, O&K in North America was sold to Terex.

Present ownership

In 2000, Fiat Ltd. also purchased Case IH and formed CNH Global. To obtain approval for the merger of New Holland with Case IH, the Versatile and Genesis tractor business was sold to Buhler Industries Inc.

Collaborations/Joint Ventures

New Holland has collaborations and distribution agreements with other companies including:

  • JVF Commercial - the exclusive distributor of new holland construction equipment in the Philippines
  • New Holland Fiat (India) Pvt. Ltd. - builds tractors in India
  • Al-Ghazi Tractors - build Fiat New Holland tractors in Pakistan
  • Anglo-Thai Motors Ltd - imports and assembles Anglo-Thai New Holland in Thailand
  • DaeDong - imports some tractors sold as DaeDong in South Korea
  • De Pietri - Based on New Holland/Fiat designs, a reversible tractor, in Italy
  • Harbin - joint venture to build tractors in China
  • Landini/ARGO SpA - build some models for New Holland in Italy
  • LS Cable - imports/assembles? LS-New Holland (formerly LG-New Holland) tractors in South Korea
  • Shanghai New Holland - joint venture with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation to build Shanghai New Holland tractors in China
  • Shibaura - based in Japan, build lawn & garden equipment for New Holland and CNH Global in The Netherlands.
  • TTZ - Tashkent Tractor Plant, build some New Holland tractors in Uzbekistan. A joint venture
  • Turk Traktor - joint venture in Turkey to build tractors.
  • CNH de Mexico - build New Holland tractors in Mexico
  • Agromec - Sells, distributes and rents New Holland equipment in Costa Rica


  1. ^ Homer K. Luttinger, The Innovators: The New Holland Story (Hoster Bindery Inc.: Lancaster, Penn., 1990) p. 13.

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