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Valtra Design Challenge 2018 – Tractor Design Competition

Valtra is hosting its 2018 international tractor design competition — themed: Valtra MPV2030, and invites designers to show their vision for tractors in 2030.

Participation is free of charge and the competition is open for individuals or teams (up to three members).

The total prize money for 2018 is 14,000 Euro of which 10,000 Euro are reserved for the 1st prize winner. In addition, a second and third monetary prizes will be awarded. Winners will be announced at EIMA (International Exposition of Machinery for Agriculture and Gardening) Show on the 7th November 2018, in Bologna, Italy.

More details on the 2018 competition theme are available on the official website.

Today’s farming machinery is becoming highly specialized; it used to be that a single tractor could take of everything from soil cultivation to crop harvesting. What if you could take the technology of the future, start from the beginning again, and invent a truly multipurpose machine? What kind of possibilities would it offer?

How do you think this ideal machine would handle today’s work and the needs of the future? Why would it be more efficient than today’s more specific machines? How would it handle soil cultivation, seeding, spraying and harvesting, or will these phases even be needed in the future? How could it be designed for use all year round rather than for just a few weeks per year?

In the future, it looks like easier tasks will be automated, although there will still be tasks which need the invaluable experience of a human operator. How do you envision the multipurpose machine of the future supporting these two seemingly contradictory things? How will people use driverless technology? Looking at the bigger picture, how do you think digitalization will help us and how will it make farmers´ lives easier in the future?

Designers, academic design students, design studios and automotive suppliers are all invited to enter the competition.

Valtra Inc. develops, manufactures, markets and services Valtra tractors since the 1960s. In addition to creating attractive tractors, industrial design has always been applied to improve the working conditions of tractor operators and productivity. Over the decades the basic principles of Scandinavian design have played a vital role in creating Valtra’s high-quality and respected brand.