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The company

The original concept was devised in its broader outlines back in the 1970s. At that time, Robert Ribo was a young farmer working some 120 hectares, including 20 of fruit trees and 80 of cereals.

Seeing the work load, the risks and the loss of time hitching implements to the tractor involved, he investigated whether there was a system available on the market to hitch implements without having to get down from the tractor. None was found, but he held on to the idea.
Robert Ribo then moved on to work in thermal engineering where he set up and successfully developed a business and a national group of partner licensees operating international patents he filed in the thermodynamic field.
When he sold off his business, Robert Ribo again came round to thinking about the tractor hitching matter where (perhaps surprisingly) no progress had been made for nearly thirty-five years…

He then suggested his son Romain take a look at the idea. Romain started by discussing the issue with a number of farmers, looking at their needs, the essential conditions and the objections to such a system being adopted. 6 months later the first chassis prototype was produced. A convincing result was obtained after a series of tests and subsequent modifications. Then the problem of transmission had to be addressed. As discussions progressed with the farmers, it became clear that the best solution would be to break down the cardan transmission into two and then reconstitute it when the chassis are interconnected for it to work in identical fashion.
As work progressed, a number of shareholders from various backgrounds and with multiple skills (engineer, farmer, specialists in mechanics and marketing, and a draughtsman-designer) joined the project.
After more than two years of research and testing, this group’s work led to a first French patent being developed for the “chassis” part, with a second one for the transmission part, followed by a functional prototype taking in both the chassis and transmission.