Full Steam Ahead for Innovation

The company Fliegl built one of the most modern production plants for agricul-tural machinery in Mühldorf on the river Inn in Upper Bavaria. Josef Fliegel Senior continuously carries out research and develops new products; in 2014, he was awarded a silver medal by the German Agricultural Society (DLG e.V.). Executives from Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan visited Fliegl to become acquainted with the company’s innovation management and make new business contacts.

Mühldorf am Inn. Family-run? This applies to Fliegl Agrartechnik by all means; all of Josef Fliegl Senior’s children are actively involved. The company has its beginnings in the 1970s when Josef Fliegl Senior developed his first models for new agricultural ma-chines; he founded the company Fliegl in 1975. Today he attends to new ideas, trying them out and integrating inventor’s ideas into the big picture, while his children manage the sites. Executives from Central Asia got to know the modern administrative building in Mühldorf am Inn during a visit to the company. The products on display gave them a first impression of the world of agricultural machinery.

Innovation often also means adapting to the requirements of other countries. The exec-utives from Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan were interested to see how one can also reach other markets with an innovative product. Sebastian Smija, who is responsible for the Asian market, commented during the tour through the production area: “Imagine a Ger-man farm. There, a farmer drives into the farmyard and unloads his harvest from the side. Therefore, he needs a push-off trailer that opens at the side. In America, on the other hand, the farmyards are built in such a way that the load has to be dumped from the back. Now these are no big innovations, but different markets require different products.” Smija showed the group around the new plant, which has four assembly lines for dumpers, biogas plants, liquid manure tankers and push-off trailers and is equipped with state-of-the-art manufacturing technology. The new plant also meets the latest energy standards because the energy for the floor heating and the drying furnace in the paint shop comes from a wood chip heating system, solar cells and natural gas. The Fliegl family is particularly pleased with the silver medal awarded by DLG e.V. The new ISOBUS weighing system, a digital three-point scale equipped with the latest software, is impressive, not only because it combines precision and safety, but particularly because it is calibratable for the first time – a genuine innovation in the field of weighing technology.

A lot has changed in the past good four decades, but two things have not: Fliegl is and will remain a family-run business. Fliegl is and will remain innovative. The company’s outstanding innovative capacity convinced the guests from Central Asia and, above all, inspired them to think and act innovatively in the future.