Machinery: pushing the home brand
Big Irish LAMMA turnout gives our machine suppliers a boost in UK sales
Last week's LAMMA Show served as a platform for farmers and contractors to view many of the new tractors and machines launched at the recent Agritechnica event in Germany. While the UK-based event clashed with the re-scheduled Farm Machinery Show in Millstreet, there was a strong contingent of Irish visitors, particularly on the Wednesday.
Massey Ferguson, Claas, New Holland, John Deere and CaseIH were among the biggies who all displayed their new wares, covered in earlier editions of the Farming Independent.
There was plenty of other tractors and equipment to look at as well, including big self-propelled kit and other products that we are unlikely to see here. All in all, it was an event well worth visiting.
On the machine front, Irish manufacturers, north and south, were well represented there, with McHale, Tanco, Bridgeway, Cross, Keenan, Vector, Hi-Spec, Major and many others there to do business in the UK market. Tanco picked up a couple of awards for its products -- one for the Liam Murphy-designed bale shear, which should raise their profile further across the water.
To recognise Irish involvement, here's a selection of pictures from the event, featuring some new products and some seen for the first time in the UK.
I spoke to Simon Cross (Cross Engineering) at the event to get an impression of the show and how things are in the UK for Irish manufacturers.
"LAMMA is a big show and you have to be here. The UK is an important market for us," Simon said. "It has grown in the past two years; it's twice what it was two years ago and always pulls good crowds.