Massey-Ferguson (UK) Ltd

This record is held by Museum of English Rural Life

Details of Massey-Ferguson (UK) Ltd
Title: Massey-Ferguson (UK) Ltd
Reference: TR MAS

The records chiefly consist of copy trade and technical publications, which were regularly deposited by Massey-Ferguson (UK) Limited between 1969 and 1985, subsequently by Massey-Ferguson (Export) Limited between April 1987 and 1994. Some of these were produced by the Stoneleigh Farm Training Centre and the MF training centres in North America

Date: Undated [1930] -1993
Held by: Museum of English Rural Life, not available at The National Archives

TR MAS AD2/ General administrative and commercial records


TR MAS DO1 Drawings


TR MAS ET1 Test reports


TR MAS ET2 Technical reference records to products


TR MAS ET3 General technical reference records


TR MAS MP1/ Lists of production


TR MAS MP2/ Manufacturing working papers and details


TR MAS P1 General advertising compilations


TR MAS P2/A Advertising and servicing publications


TR MAS P2/B Other firms' literature


TR MAS P3 Posters and display material


TR MAS P4 House journals and technical bulletins


TR MAS P7 Records of advertising campaigns and events


TR MAS P8/1- Artworks


TR MAS P9/ Other records


TR MAS PH2/ Compilations of prints


TR MAS PH3/ Photographic prints


TR MAS PH5/ Slides and transparencies

Language: English
Administrative History:

The origins of Massey-Ferguson can be traced back to Daniel Massey, who set up a blacksmiths and farm implement shop in Newcastle, Ontario, Canada in 1847. In 1870 his Massey Manufacturing Company was incorporated as a private company. In 1891 it merged with Alanson Harris Son & Company Limited of Brantford, Canada to form the Massey-Harris Company Ltd. In its first year of trading the company sold 41,474 machines, exporting 2,235 to Europe. In 1910 the Massey-Harris Company Ltd. developed its no. 1 reaper-thresher, its first basic combine harvester and in 1917 it launched its first tractor, the 'Big Bull'. Massey-Harris became a full public corporation in 1927. In the 1930s Massey Harris bought the (H V Mackay) Sunshine Harvester Company Ltd of Australia (UK address Aldwych House, London WC2)


Harry Ferguson began production of the Ferguson system tractor in the UK in 1936. In 1933 Massey-Harris built their first rubber-tyred tractor and developed the first commercially available self-propelled combine harvester in 1938. The year 1953 saw the merger of the two companies, Massey-Harris and Harry Ferguson Ltd into Massey-Harris-Ferguson Ltd and the company changed its name to Massey-Ferguson Ltd in 1958.


Massey-Ferguson purchased other firms, establishing an industrial and construction machinery range after buying the hydraulic digger manufacturer Midwest Industries, Wichita USA. In 1959 Massey-Ferguson acquired the Peterborough based diesel engine manufacturer F Perkins Ltd as well as Standard Motor Company's tractor plants in Banner Lane, Coventry and St Denis, France. It also purchased the second largest Italian tractor manufacturer G Landini & Figli SpA in 1960 and added crawler tractors to its range. During the same year Ferguson System tractors became the first vehicles to reach the South Pole overland. In 1974 Massey-Ferguson purchased a leading construction and diesel engine manufacturer, Hanomag Baumaschinen of Hannover, Germany, and in doing so trebled its range of industrial products.


Within the UK, Massey-Ferguson had Factories at Coventry (tractors), Baginton near Coventry (tractor components), Manchester (tractors, implements and digger loaders), Knowsley near Liverpool (industrial and construction equipment), Kilmarnock (combines) and Peterborough (Perkins engines). Additionally, the company had a Central Parts Operation at Urmston, Manchester, its Training Centre at Stoneleigh near Coventry, and Engineering Centres at Coventry and Peterborough with design and development facilities. During the 1970s Massey-Ferguson employed around 20,000 people in the UK.


By the 1970s Massey-Ferguson had also become the largest manufacturer of tractors in the western world. At its peak Massey-Ferguson employed over 68,000 people worldwide, and had 50 manufacturing plants in 12 countries. The company became part of the AGCO Corporation in 1994, and continues to sell its products in 140 countries. Massey-Ferguson sales still make up more than half of the AGCO group's total sales.


Harry Ferguson Ltd


Harry Ferguson Inc., Des Moines, Iowa


Massey-Ferguson Industries Limited, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6K 1E3


Massey-Harris-Ferguson Ltd


Massey-Ferguson (UK) Ltd


Massey-Ferguson (Export) Ltd


Massey-Ferguson (World Export Operations) Limited, PO Box 62, Banner Lane, Coventry CV4 9GF


Massey-Ferguson-Perkins Ltd





Publication Notes:
  • AGCO Corporation website: 'History and Heritage' at, 2007


    'Facts about Massey-Ferguson' (Ref TR MAS P1/19) 1976


    'The Massey-Ferguson Organisation' in Salesman's guide to Massey-Ferguson industrial equipment and machines (Ref TR MAS P1/18) June 1978


    Massey Ferguson MF UK/Eire website at:, 2007

  • Agricultural engineering
Creator Names:
  • Massey Ferguson (UK) Limited, agricultural machinery manufacturers
Immediate Source Of Acquisition:
  • Accession numbers T87/4, DX454, DX459, DX1037, DX1403 and DX1448

Related Material:
  • See also the Harry Ferguson Ltd collection (reference TR FER) held at the Museum of English Rural Life).


    The University of Guelph in Canada holds a large collection of Massey-Ferguson records

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