FTMTA News 30th November 2017

FTMTA Announce Second Auction

The FTMTA Executive Council has agreed that the Association will hold a second FTMTA Farm Machinery Trade Auction in early spring. The auction will take place at Punchestown Event Centre on Saturday, February 24th and follows on from the first such event held at the end of September when lots attracting a hammer price of nearly €1.2 million were sold.

As before the auction will facilitate the sales of lots coming from FTMTA member firms only; lots from other sources will not be considered. The auction will accept lots from all FTMTA member firms including retail dealers, manufacturers and distributors. The first such auction attracted a high degree of interest from potential purchasers both at home and abroad with some 2,500 people attending on the sale day and it is hoped to build further on this.

Viewing will be open at Punchestown, which has proved to be a highly suitable venue for such an event, on the day prior to the auction, Friday, February 23rd. Full details, including photographs, of most lots will be available online in advance of the auction. Bidding will be possible onsite, online or through a pre bid service.

Further information is available from the FTMTA office on 045 409309 or at info@ftmta.ie.

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FTMTA News 29th November 2017

FTMTA Grass & Muck 2018 Closing Date

The closing date for FTMTA Grass & Muck, to be held at                                                  Gurteen College on Thursday, May 17th, 2018 is on Friday, January 26th. Application packs have been issued by email to all those firms who had registered an interest in advance as well as to all exhibitors as this year’s FTMTA Farm Machinery Show and FTMTA Grass & Muck 2016.
The exhibitor application pack for non members of FTMTA can now be downloaded from the FTMTA website at www.ftmta.ie . Further details can be obtained by contacting the FTMTA office on 045 409309 or at admin@ftmta.ie .

 

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FTMTA News 20th November 2017

Tractor Market Recovery Continues

The latest tractor registration figures prepared by FTMTA show a continuing steady improvement in the state of the new tractor market during the year. October saw 90 new tractors registered which was a considerable increase on the 64 units in the same month of last year. The total registrations for the year to the end of October now stand at 1,714 new tractors and, while this is some 6% less than at the same point last year, the year on year drop is now the smallest that it has been all year. The recovery as the year progressed is especially notable when the current 6% drop is set against the 19% year on year decrease at the end of February. The counties with the highest levels of new registrations during the first ten months of the year are Cork with 193 units, Tipperary with 147 units and Galway is tied with Wexford at 105 units each. A resurgent dairy sector seems most likely to account for the improvement in the market as the year went on and it is expected that this positive impact will continue into next year.

Registrations of telehandlers, wheeled loaders and backhoe loaders have all enjoyed reasonably good years and continued that performance with a strong October. There have been 280 new telehandlers registered during the first ten months which is slightly less than 4% down on the same point in 2017. The level of registrations of wheeled loaders stands at 79 units versus 72 in all of last year while 51 backhoe loaders have been registered against 40 units in all of 2017. Obviously the much increased level of construction activity across the country is the primary driver of increased sales of these categories of machines but an element of the telehandlers and wheeled loaders totals would have gone into agricultural uses with farmers and contractors.

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FTMTA News 8th November 2017

Thomas Dunne of Bunclody, Co. Wexford, received an award for Excellence on the Higher Certificate in Engineering In Agricultural Mechanisation from the FTMTA at the recent Limerick IT conferring ceremony. The award was presented by Conor McGuinness of the FTMTA in relation to Thomas’s project as part of his studies on the joint LIT / Pallaskenry Agricultural College course during which he designed and manufactured a hydraulic bale handler. Thomas completed his 30 week industrial placement  with, FTMTA member firm, Kellys of Borris during which he got a range of experience  in the workshop, stores and as a demonstrator. Having graduated from the Higher Certificate, Thomas is currently continuing his studies in University College Dublin.

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FTMTA News 3rd November 2017

FTMTA Welcomes Consultation on 50k Tractor Test

The Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA) welcome the commitment from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport at the meeting held with stakeholders including the Association this week, to revisit the scope of the testing regime to be introduced for certain T5 tractors (otherwise known as 50k or fast tractors) engaged in commercial road haulage from May 20th, 2018. It is important to note that some form of testing program will still come into force on that date as that is mandated by the relevant EU directive in relation to the overall subject of road worthiness testing for various classes of commercial haulage vehicles. The new directive specifically includes T5 tractors whereas previous regulations on this subject did not.

The major sticking point which has, unsurprisingly, arisen in relation to the introduction of such a test centres around which 50k tractors will be subject to testing. The Statutory Instrument (SI) as signed by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, states that the test is applicable to 50k tractors used on public roads for commercial road haulage at a distance of over 25 km from the address at which the owner resides and at the tractor is registered. The SI exempts 50k tractors that are owned / operated by farmers and contractors for purely agricultural purposes irrespective of the distance from home but there seems to be a lack of clarity around the definition of agricultural work versus commercial haulage and there are also issues around a 25 km distance given the nature of Irish land holdings and farming practices.

It is important that the new test does not encompass genuine farming and agricultural contracting activities which the EU directive seems not to have been intended to include. A lack of clarity and various ambiguities in relation to the road use of agricultural vehicles has caused numerous difficulties for tractor operators over the years and the last thing that is needed is further confusion in this regard.

FTMTA calls on the Department to now move speedily to, in effect, withdraw or negate the already signed SI and to undertake the consultation process as they had previously committed to doing and to which they seemed open at our meeting this week. FTMTA joins with other stakeholder groups in welcoming the speed with which the Department and Minister Ross have moved to deal with the problems raised by the SI as signed when these matters were brought to their attention.

FTMTA believes that it is also necessary that the full implications of the move to commercial vehicle testing for some tractors be clarified in terms of how this will impact on the owners of tractors coming within the scope of the test in relation to issues such as the use of agricultural diesel, driver licensing and road tax etc.

The most important point for now is that no time be lost in resolving the issues as the implementation date of May 20th appears to be fixed.

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FTMTA News 2nd November 2017

Atkins Birr Open Days

FTMTA member firm, Atkins will hold two open days to officially open and showcase their new premises at Syngefield Industrial Estate in Birr, Co. Offaly, on Friday, November 3rd, and Saturday, November 4th. The new depot, with a staff of six, will be managed by, Birr native and long time Atkins employee, Trevor Richardson and will operate as a retail branch for the Fendt range in the midlands. Trevor and the team have been working hard in recent weeks to transform their new premises which will also provide a hub for the Atkins wholesale fertiliser spreader distribution business in support of their nationwide Bredal and Bogballe dealer network.

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FTMTA News 18th October 2017

FTMTA GRASS & MUCK 2018

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Full details of FTMTA Grass & Muck, which will return to Gurteen College near Birr on Thursday, May 17th, 2018, have been issued by email to all those firms who had registered an interest in advance as well as to all exhibitors as this year’s FTMTA Farm Machinery Show and FTMTA Grass & Muck 2016. The exhibitor application pack for non members of FTMTA can now be downloaded from the FTMTA website at www.ftmta.ie .

FTMTA has previously announced that, working in conjunction with the host college, it will be possible to provide an additional 15 acres of grass working plots at next year’s event bringing the total grass demo area to nearly 100 acres. The increased grass demo area will make it possible to facilitate new working demonstrations as well as allowing for larger demonstrations from previous exhibitors. It will also be possible to increase the size of the trade village area significantly. In keeping with the FTMTA ethos for both Grass & Muck and the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show, only stands from genuinely agricultural focused businesses will be excepted.

Further details can be obtained by contacting the FTMTA office on 045 409309 or at admin@ftmta.ie .

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FTMTA News 17th October 2017

Job Vacancies

FTMTA member firm, Farmhand LTD have a position available for a Service Advisor based in Damastown, Dublin 15.
See details below:we are hiring

About Farmhand Ltd.
Farmhand is one of the leading    distributors of agricultural machinery in Ireland. Based in Damastown, Dublin 15, Farmhand imports, assembles and distributes machinery through a network of 40 independent dealers and offers products by manufacturers such as Krone, Amazone, Alo & APV. Farmhand also has a significant spare parts division, Fastparts. Farmhand operates throughout the Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland.

Reason for vacancy
Due to a restructuring of our Service Department, to better facilitate the needs of our dealer & customer base, we have a need for further tech support within the department. This need does not justify a full-time position; therefore, the complementary duties of warranty administrator are included to facilitate a full-time position. The role is full time Monday- Friday 08.30am-17.30pm.

Job Title
Service Advisor reporting to the Service Dept. Manager

Job Specifications:
• Manage support calls from dealers and end users, resolving where possible, or referring to appropriate resource
• Support and liaise with other departments to resolve queries/issues
• Become familiar/comfortable with, and keep up to date with an ever-changing range of products
• Attend product training, internally and externally, where necessary, to keep knowledge relevant
• Register new machines on supplier websites as well as following up with Revenue
• Support to Dealers on warranty admin issues, including basic IT support
• Keep all systems and databases current and up to date at all times
• Manage claim administration process from Dealer queries, to entering onto Supplier portals, to final closure.
• Liaise with colleagues in various departments, and with suppliers, to resolve warranty administration queries.
• Manage warranty credit process, ensuring company guidelines are adhered to at all times

Skills required:
• Proven track record of working in a busy Service advisory and admin role, preferably warranty-related
• Knowledge of basic farming practice and experience of agricultural machinery sector
• Familiarity with tractors and farm machinery, their basic operation, maintenance and service.
• Technical aptitude with basic machinery diagnosis experience
• Willingness to learn, and grow with the company
• Proactive approach to work, with proven ability to work on own initiative and ability to prioritise tasks according to urgency
• Ability to build and maintain customer relationships
• Good attention to detail and highly accurate
• Organised, methodical and thorough in all work
• Proven ability to work under pressure and with large workloads
• Flexibility to work longer hours when required
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• Excellent customer service skills with confidence to deal with difficult situations
• To be highly professional at all times
• Proficient in Ms Office (Outlook, Word, Excel)
• CRM MS Dynamics or MS NAV experience would be an advantage, but not essential.
• Experience working with an online customer portal, or similar, also an advantage.

Closing date for applicants: October 31st.
Contact TJ Doyle- Service Manager – tjdoyle@farmhand.ie

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FTMTA News 12th October 2017

Tractor Registrations

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The latest tractor registration figures from FTMTA cover the period to the end of September. The September figures, although slightly down on last year, support the view that the market has stabilised and recovered since the weaker performance of earlier in the year. September saw 89 new tractors registered which was one less than in the same month of 2016 and three more than in September 2015. A total of 1,624 units have been registered during the first nine months of this year which is a drop of some 8% on last year with most of the decrease coming in the first quarter of the year.

Telehandler registrations for the month were down slightly at 29 units versus 31 in 2016. While the telehandler figure for the year so far is down by about 4% on last year at 260 units this a considerable increase on the 185 units registered during the whole of 2015. Backhoe and wheeled loaders are up considerably for the year to far at 48 and 73 units which are increases of 33% and 24% respectively.

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FTMTA News 11th October 2017

Claas Academy Opened

IMG_0552FTMTA member firm, Claas opened an impressive, state of the art, training centre recently in support of their UK and Ireland business. The Claas Academy is located at Saxham in Suffolk and will facilitate the training of service personnel and other staff from the Claas dealer network in the UK and Ireland. The official opening of the new academy marks the first phase in an overall redevelopment of the Saxham site within which the Claas head office for the UK and Ireland is co located with their local dealer Manns.

It was interesting to note from some of the comments made during the opening ceremony that many of the same difficulties encountered in Ireland in terms of attracting high calibre new recruits to a career as agricultural service technicians that exist in Ireland are also encountered in the UK. A career in the modern farm machinery industry can be a rewarding, challenging and interesting one and it is incumbent on the industry to sell itself better as a career option if it wants to attract suitable young people to work within its ranks. To paraphrase one of the speakers at the Claas opening, an industry that is very good at marketing its products will have to become significantly better at marketing itself as a career.

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