Franz Carl Heinrich Grimme, great-grandfather of the current owner Franz Grimme, founded a small blacksmith's shop in Damme (Germany) in 1861. The blacksmith's business had actually existed since 1811, but was leased out for 13 years in the meantime, so that the chronology begins in 1861.
In 1930, the grandson of the founder, Franz Grimme Senior, took over the forge. He was a gifted tinkerer and in his spare time made machines that simplified the heavy work of harvesting potatoes.
Franz Grimme founds the company INTERNORM Kunststofftechnik (Plastics engineering) in Damme (Germany). The material polyurethane (PUR) is the basis of many technical innovations in agricultural engineering and beyond.
From the very beginning, GRIMME has manufactured main webs and conveyor belts for the machines itself. The high demand led to the foundation of the company RICON (factory for web and conveying equipment) in Damme (Germany) in 1995, today based in Rieste.
Acquisition of the North American potato technology manufacturer SPUDNIK in Blackfoot/Idaho.
Within a few years, own subsidiaries and service agencies were founded in France, Belgium, Ireland, Great Britain, Turkey, Poland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Russia as well as in Uelzen (Lower Saxony, Germany) and Langquaid (Bavaria, Germany).
Acquisition of the Danish company ASA-LIFT from Sorö, manufacturer of world class harvesters for vegetables.
Christoph Grimme founds the innovation lab Schmiede.one at Dusseldorf (Germany).
GRIMME opens the 13,000 sqm plant in Tianjin/China.
GRIMME and the start-up SeedForward, located at Osnabrück (Germany), found a joint venture to develop biologically based applications.
For many decades, GRIMME developed machines exclusively for potato harvesting. Machines for planting, cultivating and storing of the valuable tuber have been added over the last 20 years. Another milestone followed in 2003 with the entry into beet technology.
1936 - 1955
Horse-drawn potato harvesters
Simple windrowers as well as "skidding wheel harvesters" were the main products during this period. In 1953, a simple, PTO-driven windrower was added.
1956 - 1979
The era of the "combine-potato-harvesters" begins
With the tractor, new machines also came to the farms. 1956 GRIMME presents the first tractor-drawn "combine-potato-harvester". Ten years later came the successor, the series of "GRIMME Europa Standard", which was built about 20,000 times.
1980 - 1998
The first product extensions and cooperations follow
In 1980, a destoner and a bed former were developed. A cooperation with the German manufacturer "GRUSE" began for potato planters and with "CLIMAX" from the Netherlands for handling equipment.
Introduction of machinery for potato planting and handling equipment.
At the international trade fair AGRITECHNICA in 1999, GRIMME presents for the first time a potato planter as well as a receiving hopper, a single conveyor and a store loader for potatoes.
GRIMME developed the first single row self-propelled harvester as early as 1969 and the first two row self-propelled harvester in 1974. In 1999, the two row self-propelled harvester "SF 150-60" and the four row machine "SF 3000" were introduced.
Getting started with beet technology
With its six-row self-propelled beet harvester MAXTRON 620, GRIMME surprised the market with a completely newly developed machine with a capacity of 20-tonne bunker.
Extension of potato technology
The acquisition of the North American manufacturer SPUDNIK expanded the potato technology range.
Extensive expansion of vegetable technology
With the acquisition of the Danish manufacturer ASA-LIFT, the product range in vegetable technology was expanded extensively.
Precision seeder technology
At AGRITECHNICA 2017, the MATRIX 12- and 18-row precision seeder was presented, which can be used for seeding of beets, canola and chicory.
harvey.one - auf dem Weg zum autonomen Roden
At AGRITECHNICA 2019, Schmiede.One presented the 41 hp harvester for demanding root crops.
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