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About AVR

AVR | Passion. Power. Potatoes.


Your objective as a professional farmer? To get as many marketable potatoes, or other bulbous and tuberous crops, into storage in the most efficient and sustainable way possible. We understand that. You can rely on our expert advice, and on our complete range of machinery – at every stage of the potato production.

AVR manufactures a full range of potato machinery. From planting bed preparation, planting and ridging to haulm topping, harvesting and storing.

The mission of AVR is clear: we manufacture, market and service machines for potato growers who wish to work more sustainably and efficiently. We market innovative technology and products that make it possible to store more saleable potatoes with less effort in less time, using less fuel and with less soil compaction.

In everything we do - from conceiving and developing our machines to our sustainable collaboration with customers and dealers - we live up to our core values: respect, reliability, ingenuity and commitment.

Know-how and expertise for excellent products


1849: Peter Vansteenkiste starts producing hand tools for agriculture from a small forge in Roeselare. Around the year 1970, after having gone through various stages of development, the company finally grows into a potato harvester manufacturer. The engineer Norbert Nollet is one of the new staff to subsequently join the company. Upon his initiative, the company takes potato harvester design to a higher level: from single to double row harvesters, and then to four-row harvesters. This step turns out to be a huge success, and in 1973 Norbert takes over the company and names it AVR after the founder's son Alfons Vansteenkiste from Roeselare.

The AVR Machinery Division is temporarily taken over by the Dutch company Netagco BV, but in 2003 AVR buys back the operation. The ‘hand tools’ division is sold under the name of AVR Tools. AVR now has full control over the entire machine manufacturing operation, leaded by Managing Director Stefan Top. Consequently, we are the most experienced company in this industry. That is our guarantee for far-reaching know-how and expertise!


Internationally AVR employs 250 amazing staff and boasts a network of over 100 dealers in 50 countries. In 2023 AVR realised a turnover of €96 million. AVR is a Belgian family business with 175 years of experience and is headquartered in Roeselare. It also has branches in the Netherlands and Germany.


For the ultimate in potato cultivation, please contact us.