If anything good has come out of the recession, it has to be the drive to innovate and create new products that could mean the survival -- or birth -- of a business.
This was clearly demonstrated by Irish machinery manufacturers at last week's National Ploughing Championships in Athy, Co Kildare.
There were dozens of examples of Irish engineering creativity on display, ranging from new McHale balers to a kindling machine from Danso Machinery.
Also at the Ploughing were former Dublin and Cork Institute of Technology students Ronan Stafford, Eoin McGarrell and Sean Mannion, who have developed the Envirocell, a small device designed to lower emissions, save fuel and increase power. So far it has only been tested on cars up to 2.5 litres, but it can be fitted to both petrol and diesel vehicles.
Next month we will road test one of these devices to see what it can do. Visit www.h2fuel-tech.ie for more.
In the security sphere, another firm, Plantfiles.com, was also launched onto the market at Athy. This allows a subscriber to load their vehicle's information and pictures onto a database where it is stored for a small fee.
It is much more than that, though, and we will go into more detail in the next issue of the Farming Independent. In the meantime, visit www.theplantfiles.com.
The following is a selection of new products that were made available at the National Ploughing Championships.