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1985 - 1995
taken from the CD-Rom "Amicale du Tracteur Renault" (1999 - Jacques
At the end of 1984 Mr Georges Besses replace Mr . Hanon at the
It was at a board meeting on 2nd September 1985 that the company name SMATP, created in 1965, was changed to Renault Agriculture.
In the light of this a document of transfer from the DMA to Renault Agriculture was signed on 3rd September by Mr. Georges Besses. Renault Agriculture became an independant company, within the Renault group.
Since the introduction of the high range in 1981 Renault Agriculture had
placed a greater accent on research into onboard electronic systems and in
1986 introduced TractoControl Electronique TCE.
replace Ecocontrol introduced in 1983 Renault Agriculture developed ACET
« Aide a la conduit economique du tracteur ». The new TX16 and
TS16 ranges were fitted with this device.
This year also saw the
reintroduction of Perkins engines, abandoned since 1968, on the SP range
important development took place in 1986 with the Vinyard and Orchard
range. In colaboration with
Carraro, Renault redefined this range. The range was built at the Carraro
In 1987 Mr Levy replaced Mr. Georges Besse as managing director of the Renault group, following the assination of Mr Besse. At the 1987 SIMA show, seated at the wheel of a new model fitted with a hydrostable cab, Mr Levy stated the importance of its tractor subsidiary to the Renault group.
On 13th October 1987 Renault Agriculture transfered its interest in Riviere Casalis to the Vicon group to allow the company to focus on tractor production.
this period of falling sales Renault Agriculture, in common with many
other companies in the agricultural machinery sector, was to face a loss
making situation for several years.
Due to its independance Renault Agriculture was able able to carry out a major restructuring, product range ralionalisation, cost reductions, stock reductions and increased production efficiency in preparation for the future.
several years of effort Reanult Agriculture was at last able to return to
a profitable situation in 1988.
In 2 years the tractor
range had been completely renewed, with emphasis on the low, medium and
vinyard/orchard ranges. Major improvements were made in operator comfort,
appearance, safety and braking with the introduction of oil immersed
beginning of the 90’s saw the arrival of Power Shift transmissions with
Renault Agriculture. Renault had lacked this type of transmission but this
was rapidly rectified, between 1990 and 1994, with the introduction of :
technical developments should also be noted such as :
paint treatment for cabs to improve corrosion resistance
load engagement of the front axle on high range tractors
gear levers on the medium range to
facilitate gear changing
developments demonstrate Renault Agriculture’s objectives of efficiency
and useful technology.
the 22 October 1992 Mr Bruno Morange suceeded Mr Gilbert Guez who moved to
another part of the Renault group. Mr. Morange was not unknown at Renault
Agriculture as, some years previously, he had occupied the post of