TMAT brings CLAAS to Derbyshire

Tractor manufacturer visits from Le Mans


TMAT, the multi-national manufacturer of acoustic components, is the only UK-based supplier chosen this year by global agricultural engineering company, CLAAS, for a two-day productivity and planning workshop.

The visit reflects the importance that the German-owned company places on its supplier relationships and the key part that TMAT’s manufacturing expertise plays in its products.  TMAT manufactures thousands of cab internal acoustic components every year for CLAAS Tractors, which are produced in Le Mans, France, the home of motor sport, as well as cab external noise reduction components that sit between the engine and cab.

Mr Mamadou Seck (Material Planner, CLAAS) and Sean Varlow (Key Account Manager, TMAT)

Mr Mamadou Seck (Material Planner, CLAAS) and Sean Varlow (Key Account Manager, TMAT)

Six members of the CLAAS Tractors senior team from Le Mans as well as from their R&D facility in Vélizy, Paris visited TMAT’s Chesterfield HQ for the two days, representing the company’s procurement, quality assurance, purchasing, research & development, production and logistics operations.  By meeting with their opposite numbers at TMAT, they were able to work through the processes, improve efficiencies and develop a nine-month action plan.

Jason Lippitt, Managing Director at TMAT, says: “This was a great opportunity for the teams that usually only communicate via phone and email to meet face-to-face and see how our two companies can work together even more effectively.  We’re delighted that CLAAS has been prepared to devote so much time to us as a supplier and we in turn have a programme of on-going investment that enables us to design products exclusively on-site to meet their challenges and needs.”