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TAFE to train women farmers in farm management

Published on 28 September, 2015 By Khetigaadi Team for Tafe

TAFE to train women farmers in farm management

Close on the top of the success of its lab-to-land proposal to train the farming community, India's second largest tractor company TAFE has decided to lengthen the program to women peasants.


A pilot project to train women farmers in agri management - soil conservation, pest management, yield enhancement, tractor pouring and implement practice will soon be introduce, TAFE said today  above 350 farmers, including women farmers, involved in the day-long program. "Through this Farmer's Day event, we give confidence farmers to speed up the pace of horticultural development in satisfying the national task of accomplishing self reliance in fruit manufacture. 


Our aim is to lead farming societies at the local and national levels to sustainable, organic stewardship of land, food and fiber while in respect of nature, keeping social honesty & protecting natural resources," said K Srinivasan, Senior Chief Agri- Economist, TAFE Farm scientists.

Experts finger upon improving the productivity of fruits like mango, grapes, sapota, banana, guava and papaya, and vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, brinjal & tomato.


This Farmer’s Day is one of the exclusive outreach initiatives undertaken on TAFE’'s “J” Farm. J Farm, a 200-acre land on the border of Chennai, is an adaptive investigate and agricultural extension centre, dedicated solely to the principle of rising better farming methods and crop varieties for exploit the yield of farmers.

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TAFE breaks new ground, hits $1-b turnover mark

Published on 28 September, 2015 By Khetigaadi Team for Tafe

TAFE breaks new ground, hits $1-b turnover mark

Tractors and Farm Equipment, the Chennai-based tractor maker, has crossed a major performance milestone in 2009-10 by accomplishing a combined turnover of over $1 billion, with revenues moving towards Rs 4,850 crore and a volume of over 100,000 tractors.


With this accomplishment, TAFE is nowadays among the three largest tractor manufacturers in the globe. It is the flagship of Amalgamations Group. TAFE has treasury of over Rs 1,000 crore. It has a paid-up capital of 12 crore, in which the US Partner Agco Corporation holds a 24percent stake and Simpson & Co, the rest.


Announcing the attractive accomplishment in Chennai on Thursday, TAFE vice-chairman Mallika Srinivasan said: "Two years before, we put for ourselves a strong-minded target of passing the billion-dollar spot and we are justifiably proud of having achieved this despite the worldwide recession that the globe marketplaces practiced."


Further, she said: "While exports of tractors from India refused by about 15% in 2009-10, TAFE and TAFE Motors have been capable to jump the trend to emerge as India's largest exporter with marketplace leadership in key marketplaces of South Asia in the face of strong international competition. Exports of machineries, aggregates and kits have donated considerably to the exports turnover. Our total tractor volumes have increased by 30.5percent. We are now balanced to reach greater heights in the coming years, as we forge ahead in our journey of superiority."


The year 2009-2010 also saw TAFE being highly praised by the Jury of the CII-Exim Bank honor for industry Excellence for “important success in the expedition of business excellence.”


The group chairman and TAFE CMD a Sivasailam said, "As we rejoice the 50th year of our two brands, Massey Ferguson and Eicher, we have further toughened our long standing partnership with AGCO Corporation, US in recognizing mutually beneficial global opportunities, which will provide extra momentum to growth in the coming years.


"With the successful launch TAFE produced tractors in the Massey Ferguson (MF) brand in North America, our combined marketplace development initiative with AGCO has been prolonged to cover up a range of other deliberately significant geographies as well. As we plan to improve our tractor amounts to 120,000 in 2010-11, our product range is being prolonged to comprise tractors up to 105 HP, which will place us competitively in key international marketplaces," he said.


Mr Sivasailam said, “With the strong demand for Eicher engines from the agro, telecom and sell segments, important savings in product development and capacity expansion are under way to expand the engine range to examine higher end applications."


Other divisions and subsidiaries of TAFE that manufacture mechanism, engineering plastics, batteries &  hydraulic pumps as well as the automobile franchises, have all recorded good quality expansion during the year and donated to the overall revenues.


Tractors and Farm Equipment (TAFE) is Chennai-based makers of tractors & farm equipment and the second largest maker of tractors in the globe in the sub-100 horsepower (HP) range and among the 3 major tractor makers in the globe. TAFE is well known for its quality products, long term associations with stakeholders and a strong and reliable economic performance.


TAFE, apart from tractors, has industry interests through its various sections and subsidiaries in diesel engines, hydraulic pumps, gears and transmission goods, batteries, panel instruments and auto franchises.

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TAFE export focus to centre around Samrat

Published on 28 September, 2015 By Khetigaadi Team for Tafe

TAFE export focus to centre around Samrat

Tractors and Farm Equipment (TAFE), flagship of the Chennai-based Rs 2,500-crore Amalgamations group, is planning a fresh export focus around the new Samrat platform.

Speaking to ET, TAFE director Mallika Srinivasan said: "Anything among 10% to 25% of total sales in 2-3 years is what we're looking at through exports.

The export aim will rotate around the newly introduced 44 horsepower (HP) Samrat. "Samrat is a new & fresh platform and the challenge is to create all products on the platform at balance with worldwide markets," Srinivasan said. At the same time the plans for the present year is to introduced two or three models from Samrat in the 35HP to 50HP range, the aim "would be to take the whole range from 25 HP to 90 HP, and build global quality products which would have extensive export potential,l," Srinivasan said.

"The approaching of the complete series is around 5000 units a year." Given the complexion of Indian demand, the company will focus on the domestic market with products in the 60 horsepower (HP) and below category. "All products beyond that range would be completely for abroad," Srinivasan said.

Until the whole series on the new platform is rolled out, TAFE will focus on the 60HP Gajraj and the Samrat for overseas markets. Specific design changes for export markets like Europe are currently being approved on the Samrat.

"The Samrat cab will help out us get into Europe market which is more sophisticated souks," Srinivasan said. At present the company export approximately 1000 units to the US, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka & parts of Africa. TAFE's export concentration is understandable given the amount pressures in the local market. Annual sales dropped 17 per cent to 1.98 lakh units in 2001-2002 contrast to 2.38 lakh units in 2000-2001. TAFE's share was 28,759 units or 14%.

Miserable farming markets and large scale store throwing away by the big players has squeezed retail sale of tractors. Definitely industry estimates hook the catalog position as high as 150 days contrast to 30 days for passenger cars.

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Tractor slump makes Tafe scour new avenues

Published on 28 September, 2015 By Khetigaadi Team for Tafe

Tractor slump makes Tafe scour new avenues

Even as Tractors and Farm Equipment, the closely held flagship of the Amalgamations group, faced a tough ground in its core business of tractor, it has required to boost other businesses like engineering plastics, power source units and vehicle dealership & parts sales through supplementary, TAFE Access.


During the year ended March 31, 2003, when tractor industry quantity fell by 25percent, Tafe had controlled its sales fall to 16percent by pursuing strategic actions. It sold 22,708 tractors next to 27,957 in the last year. Turnover from the business dropped to Rs 600.86 crore (Rs 691.13 crore).


With better show by other businesses, Tafe stemmed a sharp fall income and reported an overall turnover of Rs 736.83 crore. Interest price abridged to Rs 14.38 crore .Net profits declined to Rs 20.92 crore. On a paid-up capital of Rs 8 crore, Tafe had a net worth of Rs 406.12 crore with Rs 398.12 crore in reserves as on March 31, 2003. It had an investment portfolio of Rs 53.23 crore (Rs 51.91 crore).


The engineering plastics division (Tafe-EPD) with facilities near Chennai and in Karnataka reported a 40% jump in turnover to Rs 75.87 crore (Rs 54.03 crore). This is a big jump from Rs 19.4 crore in 1997-98 and Rs 28.50 crore in 1998-99. The division is adding new injection moulding machines this year to scale up capacity and the range of products.


By investing in technology and processes, Tafe EPD has combined its place at the leading border of the engineering plastic industry. It has built an impressive customer profile and the list includes GM India, Toyota Kirloskar, WeP Peripherals, Wipro GE Medical Systems, GE BEL, GE Medical Systems, Thomson Consumer Electronics, Matsushita Air-Conditioning, Exide, TVS Motor, etc.


Tafe's power source division has also substantially increased output of lead acid batteries, and its turnover rose to Rs 39.98 crore (Rs 29.40 crore). In 1997-98, it was Rs 17.53 crore and in the next year, it was Rs 23.68 crore. Last year, spare parts sales improved to Rs 18.12 crore (Rs 15.33 crore).


Last year, Tafe invested an additional Rs 1.5 crore in the subsidiary, Tafe Access as share capital advance over and above the initial capital of Rs 3 crore. TAL's turnover spurted by 45.45% to Rs 135.12 crore (Rs 92.90 crore). It reported a net profit of Rs 1.13 crore (Rs 1.04 crore). It had a turnover of a mere Rs 27.78 crore in 1998-99.
The passenger vehicle division alone (selling cars of Telco, Hyundai and Skoda) reported record sales of Rs 117.84 crore. Besides, it had pushed sales of hydraulic pumps, instruments and other parts.


Last year, TAL secured major orders from Ashok Leyland for supplying dash board instruments for its plants at Ennore and Hosur. It also hopes to have a tie-up with a leading two wheeler manufacturer this year.
In 1998-99, Tafe had a turnover of Rs 1,026.92 crore (Rs 1,038.36 crore in 1997-98) with a record net profit of Rs 72.27 crore. Since then, its fortunes have been affected by the weak and poor show of the Indian farm sector and recession in the tractor market.

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Tafe begins financial year on brisk note

Published on 28 September, 2015 By Khetigaadi Team for Tafe

Tafe begins financial year on brisk note

 Tractor and Farm Equipment (Tafe) has started this financial year on a fast note. It has bucked the industry style and improved sales and marketplace share in the first quarter ending July 31, '02. It has also made a big dent into Uttar Pradesh (UP) market by leveling up its performance.
Despite the monsoons not being as expected, this year, Tafe plans to sell 30,000 tractors as in the last year. In the first quarter, the company had pushed sales to 7,273 tractors, up by 8.65% over the similar quarter in the previous financial year.
Likewise, Tafe had increased its market share by 4% during the time to climb to the number two position in the industry. It is said that Tafe, which is conventionally strong in Rajasthan and Gujarat, has further improved volumes with its superior performance in Uttar Pradesh (India's largest tractor market) with a 15% market share. This is a substantial growth compared to previous years.
Tafe director, Mallika Srinivasan said the considerable investment in technology and the organisation recasting, in the last three years is regarding to pay off.
"In spite of the recessionary financial system, the rural market needs to be offered new products and new technology as the key differentiator. In line with this, we have launched the Tafe Samrat in the 45 HP category and Tafe Garjaj in the 60 HP category in the past 4 months. Both models have been received well in the states where they have been launched and are soon to be extended to other areas too," she said.
Tafe's long-term plans include renewed thrust into the overseas market with a target export of 10,000 tractors in the next five years. It has already initiated aggressive efforts to tap the export markets for its products. It has envisaged a turnover of Rs 2,000 crore by '06 with exports accounting for 10 per cent.

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Tafe clocks best-ever net increase at Rs 54.7 cr

Published on 28 September, 2015 By Khetigaadi Team for Tafe

Tafe clocks best-ever net increase at Rs 54.7 cr

The closely held Tractors and Farm Equipment , flagship of the Amalgamations Group, posted the best-ever performance in 2004-2005 with net profit more than doubling (123%) to Rs 54.7 crore from Rs Rs 24.5 crore in the previous year. Net sales spurted by 56 percent to Rs 1,092.2 crore (Rs 699.7 crore).
The other income also doubled to Rs 26.7 crore ( Rs 14 crore). On a paid up assets of Rs 8 crore, Simpson & Company holds 76% and the US partner Agco Corp 24%. Last year, Tafe further shored up its preserve and extra to Rs 469.1 crore (Rs 419 crore). Investment portfolio rose to Rs 63.5 crore (Rs 58.1 crore).
The rewarding year lifted Tafe's total sales including excise duty by 42.6% to Rs 1,146.8 crore (Rs 803.8 crore) Of this, it boosted its core business, tractor to Rs 921.2 crore (Rs 632.9 crore). The other divisions also did well. Income from spare parts and attachments rose to
Rs 54.9 crore (Rs 30.5 crore), engineering plastic components Rs 88.9 crore (Rs 88.7 crore) and power source units Rs 80.9 crore (Rs 51.3 crore).
During '04-05, tractor sales witnessed a robust growth of 36%, surpassing the industry growth of 30%. Exports from tractor and components also went up by 83% to Rs 92.3 crore aided by the outsourcing tie up with Agco.
Last year's impressive show came on top of the company bouncing back in '03-04 reversing the slack performance of the previous year caused mainly by the fall in the sale of tractors. Tafe clocked a 17% rise in net profit at Rs 24.5 crore during the year and net sales improved by 9.4% to Rs 699.7 crore.

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Tafe to be in 2nd slot after buying Eicher's units

Published on 28 September, 2015 By Khetigaadi Team for Tafe

Tafe to be in 2nd slot after buying Eicher's units

Move of Tractors & Farm Equipment, the flagship firm of the Chennai-based Amalgamations group, to buy rival Eicher's tractor and engine industry, will get it closer to the No 1 slot in the tractor market. According to analysts, Eicher's takeover is a win-win for both parties -extra for Tafe than Eicher.
This takeover gives Tafe access to markets crosswise the state in comparison with its current status as being a primarily southern player. Meanwhile, Eicher will be able to get rid of businesses in which it was droping market share.
Tafe director Mallika Srinivasan, "The takeover of Eicher provides us geological diversification."
Eicher is a strong sub-35 HP tractor player with a capacity of around 30,000 units, while Tafe operates in the mid range of 35-45 HP and has a capacity of 70,000 units.
The acquisiton of Eicher's tractor & engine section will allow Tafe to overtake Escorts and Punjab Tractors and occupy the second position, moving closer to M&M. M&M currently accounts for 26% of the market, Tafe 7%.
According to industry sources, Tafe’s association with Massey Ferguson, now part of the Atlanta-based AGCO, could also be also another reason for the takeover. Says an analyst, "AGCO, through Massey Ferguson (MF), wishes to increase its exposure in the Indian tractor market."
Tafe, which has a strategic sourcing alliance with AGCO, is supplying components, CKD and sub-assemblies to its world-wide manufacturing operations. AGCO Corporation, with estimated revenues of $4.5bn in '04, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of agricultural equipment and machinery. It has expanded its global presence by acquiring brands like Massey Ferguson, Fendt and Valtra.
In Tafe's Rs 8-crore paid-up capital, AGCO holds 24%. Tafe had reserves and surplus of Rs 419 crore as on March 31, '04. It had net sales of Rs 713.7 crore and reported a net profit of more than Rs 24.5 crore in '04.
In India the northern market accounts for 55% of the tractors sold locally. Like the rest of Motown, tractor marketers depend heavily on demand from the North. In fact, states like UP and Punjab account for the largest chunk of national sales with UP's share standing at 21.3%, more than a fifth, in the April-December '04 period.
The combined tally, say tractor industry sources, is 55% of total tractor sales. The top-sellers in these states are Escorts, Eicher, Punjab Tractors and Sonalika, although souk leader M&M does have a huge footprint in all these markets in the top slots.
Getting the lion's share of the Indian tractor market is not something to be sneezed at. India is the major tractor marketplace in the globe, though after 1999 it has been dogged by an inventory glut that has slowed down growth to negative levels. By '03, the fall in demand lopped off 40% of the peak '00 demand. However, offtake has shown positive growth in '04 and is likely to be so in '05

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TAFE posts consolidated revenues of Rs 8,020 crore in FY 12

Published on 28 September, 2015 By Khetigaadi Team for Tafe

TAFE posts consolidated revenues of Rs 8,020 crore in FY 12

Thrashing the industry trend, world's third leading tractor manufacturer, Tractors and Farm Equipment Ltd (TAFE), today, reported 30.4% growth from Rs 6,149 crore in 2010-11 to Rs 8,020 crore in consolidated revenues for the financial year ended March 31, 2012.

On the whole tractor sales increased sharply by 26.6 per cent at 1, 48,112 tractors, as next to a predictable industry sale of 6, 07,213 tractors and an industry growth of 11.4 per cent for the year. While industry standard growth in November - March was 0.66%, TAFE clocked an average growth of 28.58 per cent during the similar time, a company declaration said here.

Announcing these results, Mallika Srinivasan, Chairman & CEO, TAFE, said, "We are glad that our focus on product development and expansion of our product portfolio have paid off. Our investments in product and method technologies, enhancements to our product mix supported by extensive field effort helped us meet the demands of our discriminating consumers."

On the export front, TAFE continues to be India's largest exporter of tractors with 20,396 totally build tractors exported to 73 countries, a growth of 28.2 per cent over the previous year, apart from kits and collective exported through the year.

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Tafe unveils tractor model, plans more

Published on 28 September, 2015 By Khetigaadi Team for Tafe

Tafe unveils tractor model, plans more

Tractor major, tractors and farm equipment (TAFE), flagship of rs 2500 crore amalgamations group, is saying bravado to lethargic market situation. It has lined up swing of new models developed out of intense design and development in the last 3 years.

Coming first in the series, it revealed in chennai on thursday an elegantly styled new paradigm tractor samrat TAFE 4410. Build to worldwide standards it is slated for commercial launch in the first quarter of 2002 followed with two more models in 6 to 8 months.

Speaking to media persons, tafe chairman and md, mr a sivasailam said "The 44 horsepower (HP) Samrat is the conclusion of design and development efforts costing over rs 70 crore. It is a totally indigenous tractor developed with extensive involvement of customers and the best talents worldwide. We picked up 60 out of 350 vendors to meet the challenge".

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TAFE net doubles to Rs 685 cr

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TAFE net doubles to Rs 685 cr

Tractors and Farm Equipment , the world's 3rd major tractor maker, more than doubled consolidated pretax profit to Rs 685 crore in 2009-2010 as sales in the home market surged and exports boomed.
The Chennai-based, Amalgamations group firm posted a 25 percent expansion in revenue for the year to Rs 4,747 crore, vice chairman Mallika Srinivasan told in an exclusive interview (EI). "We have set a benchmark for the tractor industry," she added, referring to the operational performance. The expansion was obsessed by a strong increase in TAFE's volumes which nearly doubled to 1, 00,000 tractors. TAFE is a closely detained firm and do not bring out results.
It is the flagship of the Amalgamations group. Ms Srinivasan said that the firm's projection in the present year is seems good. "The overall monsoon is good. We have seen good growth this year determined by communications development and farm mechanisation but inflation is a worrying factor for tractor financing," she added.

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