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Ottobre 06 - 2017

ARBOS GROUP invests in excellence: A new ENGINEERING CENTER and a renovated PRODUCTION plant

If there's one thing the ARBOS Group isn't lacking, it's ideas. And starting today those ideas have room to grow in a cutting edge R&D and Testing center.

The new ARBOS Engineering Center was inaugurated Thursday, 5 October 2017 before representatives of Local Administrative Institutions, Banking Institutions and the Press. The center is housed in the renovated Migliarina di Carpi plant - which already served as the historic headquarters for Goldoni S.p.A. - and underscores, once more, the rebirth of a company whose fate was uncertain until it became part of ARBOS GROUP SPA, 24 December 2015, a subsidiary of the Chinese Tianjin Lovol Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. Milestone after milestone, Goldoni, a historic brand from Modena and now, with Mater Macc S.p.A., a key part of the GLOBAL PROJECT for ARBOS GROUP, is writing a new page in its own history and contributing to the Group's results as these near a revenue forecast of 80 Million EURO for 2017, with obvious benefits both directly on jobs and through spillover effects. The New ARBOS Engineering Center: Spanning 3,100 square metres, the new engineering center employs 57 engineers (11 division managers and 46 designers) organised according to a matrix structure for the development of the product platforms and competency centres (Engine - Transmission - Cab&Bonnet - Hydraulics and Electronics). The new structure was created by uniting the pre-existent GOLDONI Engineering center with the complete transfer (structures and competencies) of Lovol EU Engineering, which had handled the development of all open field models for ARBOS over the previous five years. The recently completed expansion created a new floor with 500 square metres of office space and the extension of the 1,050 square metre testing area, which stands out for the modernity and modularity of its facilities. Subdivided into seven areas, it allows for the complete "bench" testing of the key components for agricultural machines.

The modularity of the modern facilities allows for the evaluation and validation of the entire product range developed by the Group; from tractors specialised for working in orchards or vineyards, to the high-power open field range, up to 270 hp. Specifically, the FUNCTIONAL and ENDURANCE BENCHES can evaluate, 24/7, the functionality - power shuttle and hydraulic clutch - and resistance of the transmission, the core of any agricultural machine. The PTO TEST BENCH is installed in a third area, where engine performance is measured and plotted on a torque/power curve by using the PTO. When completely isolated, this multi-purpose area is "semi-anechoic" and can be used to measure the noise produced by the tractor in order to ensure acoustic comfort for the operator. On the other hand, the STRUCTURAL TEST BENCH is used to evaluate the resistance to stress of the components, simulating the highest loads a tractor is subjected to during various operations and analysing structural data for materials and components. The STEERING TEST BENCH is used to evaluate the resistance of the axle and of hydraulic parts. Finally, thanks to a TILTING TEST BENCH, currently used for tests on the group's flagship Series 7000 ARBOS, transmission lubrication, temperature and absorption are evaluated at any incline - longitudinal and transverse. Other cutting-edge sections include the ELECTRONIC LAB for "checking" the electric and electronic components that have become a crucial part of the world of tractors. The testing area is completed by the assembly "stations" where 10 specialised operators create the first "prototypes" for new models.