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1873: creation of the company Pietro Laverda in the province of Vicenza (North East of Italy),
1905: Transfer of industrial activity to Breganze, next to Vicenza, the workforce exceeds 100 employees. The first harvesters are born.
1919: After the First World War during which the factory converted to the production of military machines, the production of agricultural machinery restarts. The patent period also begins.
1930: The founder transfers the management of the company to his grandchildren - Pietro Jr & G.Battista - who engage in a process of commercial development and make Laverda the first manufacturer in Italy.
1934: Laverda presents the first machine to mow, Laverda 48 A.
1938: The first combine harvester is presented, Laverda ML6,
1947: After the Second World War, the production of agricultural machinery resumed and sales grew in Europe. Meanwhile, the motorcycle branch is created by Francesco Laverda, the grandson of Pietro Laverda,
1956: Laverda presents the first self-propelled harvester M60. Sales are booming in all markets, Italy, Europe, Asia and South America.
1963: the workforce exceeds 1,000 employees spread over 3 industrial sites, Laverda is present in more than fifty countries,
1967: Laverda launches into the sector of very big machines with models AFC 110 and AFC 150,
1971: Laverda introduces a revolutionary combine harvester, the first machine with transverse and longitudinal inclinations, the Laverda M100AL.
1973: Laverda celebrates its centenary.
1975: Laverda continues its development and becomes leader in Europe,
1981: That same year, Laverda launches the construction of a new factory in Breganze and enters the Fiat group in the FiatAgri division. The giant combine harvester M182 is unveiled, it is the first machine with an electronic control,
1983-1992: Laverda becomes the leader in its specialties,
1993: Laverda files the patent for the "levelling system" which allows combine harvesters to work on any terrain whatever the gradient. Laverda celebrates its 50,000th combine harvester manufactured,
1999: Fiat New Holland (Service Manuals PDF page) buys the American Case (Service Manuals page). The European Competition Commission has forced the new holding company CNH Global (Case New Holland Global) to separate from Laverda.
2000: Fiat reluctantly yields Laverda to the Italian group Argo SpA, which already owns Landini, the famous Italian tractor manufacturer,
2002: After the takeover of Laverda, Argo SpA acquires McCormick (Service Manuals PDF page),
2004: Laverda acquires German Fella-Werke,
2006: Laverda launches a new generation, LCS series, versatile and with increased productivity.