Class acts rewarded
The impressive growth in sales of Claas tractors within Ireland was reflected at the recent UK and Ireland annual Claas dealer meeting, where the two main tractor dealer excellence 2016 awards both went to Irish Claas dealers.
The resilience of the new tractor market in Ireland is reflected in recent figures from the FTMTA, which show that between January and July this year, sales of new tractors are up 5pc at 1335 units compared to the same period in 2015.
New product development throughout the Claas range, but especially in the important 100-150hp range with the introduction of the new Atos and Arion 400 range, has proved particularly popular with buyers in Ireland.
Two dealer excellence awards were made at the dealer meeting - the Sales Growth Award 2016 and the Tractor Sales Performance Award 2016.
The first award recognises the dealer who achieved the highest growth in Claas tractor sales in the UK and Ireland.
This was won by Leinster Farm Machines Ltd, the dealership based at Duleek, Co Meath who recently opened a second branch at Granard, Co Longford. Leinster Farm Machines recorded a stunning 209pc increase in retail tractor sales over the year.
The award was presented to sales director Philip O'Hara by Gilles Mayer, Sales & Marketing Director of Claas Tractors.
The second award recognises the dealership that achieved the highest number of Claas tractor sales per branch in 12 months in the UK and Ireland.