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CLIMMAR Newsletter 01-2018
  CLIMMAR at the LTU Tage in Würzburg  
  On 11 and 12 January, the "LTU Tage" (Agricultural Entrepreneur Congress) took place in Würzburg, Germany. Erik Hogervorst, President of CLIMMAR, was one of the speakers at the annual event that is organised by AGRARTECHNIK Magazine and is supported by our German member association LandBauTechnik.    
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  CLIMMAR press conference at Agritechnica  
  The annual CLIMMAR press conference was held during the Agritechnica in Hannover on 13 November 2017. Part of the press conference was the publication of the results of the European Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI).    
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  CLIMMAR President Erik Hogervorst at the "Tag der Landtechnik"  
  Erik Hogervorst, President of CLIMMAR, attended the "Tag der Landtechnik" in Wieselburg, Austria, on 23 November 2017.    
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  Succesfull 64th CLIMMAR Congress in Luxembourg  
  At the 64th annual CLIMMAR congress held in Luxembourg city from 5 to 7 October 2017, 16 national dealer associations discussed about the future of agricultural and garden machinery dealer organisations. It became clear that farmers and contractors nowadays expect more than excellent mechanical service and support.   
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  Partner news by CEMA: Smart agriculture for all farms  
  This position paper focuses on the question of how to improve access by small farm holdings in Europe to Smart & Precision Agriculture (PA) technologies.   
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  Partner news by Ceettar: the future of food and agriculture: where is the vision?   
  Klaus PENTZLIN, President of CEETTAR, said "the Commission is maintaining a strong agricultural policy and it is a good news. The Communication is, however, disappointing as the simplification effort seems to be the Commission's first priority. It is off the mark!"   
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  CLIMMAR magazine  
  In 2017, CLIMMAR presented its new magazine. 56 pages with examples of our projects and activities like the RMI lobby, Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI), Branch Reports, exhibitions, education and apprentice pro­grams as well as the Skills competi­tions. 

This year, CLIMMAR will present the 2018 edition of the magazine in which it's possible to advertise. For more information about advertising, please contact CLIMMAR
  Read the English 2017 edition here  
  Read the German 2017 edition here  
  Dear CLIMMAR friends,

The New Year for CLIMMAR already began at last years’ congress where we put a mark on the horizon together: “Dealer 2030”. If we see the changes anticipated to come towards us and consider that the year 2030 is only 12 years away, we realise how fast our industry hast to develop and innovate.
Just a few years ago, there were only a few large hotel organisations operating worldwide. And nobody had ever heard of Airbnb. Now all of a sudden, hotel organisations struggle in their “fight” with Airbnb. It has rapidly become the world’s largest organisation in offering, or rather facilitating, accommodation without owning a single hotel room or apartment! It’s not my intention to forecast similar developments for our industry, but it surely is important to keep an open-minded view towards new opportunities.
A few years ago, the discussion on RMI (Repair & Maintenance Information) surfaced and during the last years we have been working hard to get this law in place in the best possible way for our members and dealers. Now we see that open access to RMI is anchored in the Mother Regulation and this means that we can keep our promise to our customers to guarantee servicing his tractors and machines even if manufacturers decide to merge or change their distribution channels.
In the whole Dealer 2030 discussion, increasing problems in the relationships between dealers and manufacturers were put high on the agenda. The gap between the global view of manufactures and the local focus of dealers, is getting bigger and bigger. Contracts between dealers and manufacturers are nowadays orchestrated by law firms. They don’t like uncertainties and see no reason to keep in mind the investments, in time and money, done by dealer organisations. This results in contracts without the right balance. CLIMMAR wants to work together with manufacturers to create a better understanding about each other’s positions and set up basic guidelines for a mutual win/win contract.
Literally any organisation has to talk about smart farming nowadays. A world of new possibilities is coming upon us. Some are already outdated before they get launched, but some of them have changed already our day to day business and some are about to do so. It’s not a matter of finding new technologies, but of integrating them in our life and businesses without making it (too) complicated. The Big Data development could speed up significantly if all parties understand the importance of open access to data. Manufacturers as well as farmers seem to prefer to keep their data proprietary. I believe that this has to do with the fear for the unknown. Earlier on, it was quite common to share information (data) in groups, study clubs, books and organisations. And common funding was made available to develop our businesses together. Big Data makes this possible in a much easier way and even much faster. This brings me back to the words of Charles Darwin: “It is neither the strongest one that survives nor the most intelligent, but the one that is most adaptable to change.”

Erik Hogervorst
President of CLIMMAR
  BIOFACH 2018 - Exhibition Centre (Nuremberg), Germany
14 - 17 February 2018 
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FIMA - Feria de Zaragoza (Zaragoza), Spain
20 - 24 February 2018
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Agro Expo - Expo hallen Schiervelde (Roeselare), Belgium
27 - 29 February 2018
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CLIMMAR Spring Forum 2018 - Innsbruck, Austria
7 & 8 March 2018
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