With just over two weeks to go until the opening of Agritechnica 2015 in Hanover, manufacturers are revealing final details of machines they plan to unveil, while the event’s organisers are encouraging people planning to visit to make the most of ticketing arrangements for the show. On previous form, some makers may also be remaining tight-lipped about launches until the opening day.
At €75, on-the-gate tickets for the first two days of the show – Sunday 8 and Monday 9 November – are €51 more expensive than those for Tuesday 10 to Saturday 14 November, but crowds, while still significant, tend to be slightly smaller as a consequence, and the show therefore easier to get around. Whenever they plan to attend, though, visitors can save 20% on the entrance price when booking online at www.agritechnica.com/en. That brings the cost of a Sunday or Monday ticket down to €60, and one for any day from Tuesday to Saturday to €20. Also available online are €30 two-day tickets valid for any Tuesday-Saturday period, saving €6 on the gate price.
But given the size of the show, two days is rarely enough at Agritechnica, and for those who are planning to spend more time than this, there is also a season ticket option, valid from Tuesday to Saturday (Nov 10-14). Price is €52 if purchased online, or €60 on the gate. It’s also never too late to buy a discounted ticket, say the organisers: provided you have access to a PC, laptop or smartphone and a printer, it is possible to purchase online tickets even once the show is open.
Revisions to the ticketing system this year are also designed to improve the speed and flow of visitors into the exhibition, particularly for visitors who have bought their tickets in advance online. A new colour-coded system will see those ticket-holders following a dedicated green channel at the turnstiles, with a separate red channel for those needing to buy a ticket at the show.
Meanwhile, although many manufacturers have previewed the machines they are planning to launch at the show, with details and photos already released, there looks likely to be more than a few surprises left for the opening day of the event itself. McCormick is keeping the final specifications and design of its 300hp X8 tractor series under wraps, while Czech tractor maker Zetor, due to give its new Crystal 144/160hp tractors their international launch, has revealed that it also plans to show a number of prototype developments which may become future additions to the existing Zetor brand product portfolio, plus some design concepts it has developed in conjunction with Italian styling house Pininfarina. This would appear to support the maker’s previously-stated plan that it intends to increase the number of ranges it offers from the current four to six, to cover a power band from 50 to 200hp. Zetor showed a prototype Maxterra tractor at Agritechnica 2009, and it has been suggested that this development may still provide the basis for a range up to 200hp to slot in above the new Crystal.Google+