The Zetor Group and its continuous success

Brno, 8th August 2011

The Zetor Group, traditional Czech manufacturer of tractor machinery, achieved in the first half of the year 2011 consolidated profit before tax in the amount of CZK 54 million. However, the most important reward was the success in a tough test conducted by the German Agricultural Society (DLG), according to which the Zetor Forterra 135 with a new 16-valve engine is one of the most fuel-efficient tractors on the market.

We have defined all cost items so as to ensure coordination with the actual numbers of tractors and components manufactured. We have also strengthened the system of internal control and assessment of cost efficiency of individual cost centres. These changes have played their respective key roles in the achievement of profit, as they did in the previous fiscal year. In 2010 we had a stronger first half-year. This year we expect a stronger second half-year, one of the reasons being that farmers in Poland will draw down their subsidies,” said Petr Veselý, CFO, ZETOR TRACTORS a.s.

The positive economic figures are not the only thing people in Zetor are happy about. The Zetor company is also excited about the success of the Zetor Forterra 135 16V, which is a model belonging to the innovated Forterra 2010 series. Its key features include elegant design facelift adjustments, interior and accessory innovations and a new engine. The positive reviews are supported by the measurement of fuel efficiency – with only as little as 283 g / kWh, the Forterra 135 can be called a top-quality model, being 5.7 % more efficient than the average value of all previously tested tractors. Its 180-litre fuel tank is large enough for the entire workday.

End-use properties and original design are not the only aspects that designers have in mind when a new Zetor product is being conceived. Our people also pay equal attention to environmental friendliness, both during the production stage and in use and operation. This approach is reflected in each Zetor tractor produced and its fuel efficiency. Hence, the company is now prepared to manufacture STAGE IIIB engines that comply with the strict emission limit regulations adopted by the EU, to be in force as of 2012. “The compliance with these limits was achieved thanks to the implementation of a four-valve head and controlled recirculation of combustion gas along with solid particle filter. The research and development department has commenced the development of the STAGE IV emission level that is to enter into force in 2014. In the course of our everyday endeavours, we do our best to fulfil our customers' individual wishes. Their satisfaction is our top priority,” explained Marián Lipovský, Deputy Managing Director and Production Director, ZETOR TRACTORS a.s.

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