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

Be a part of a stronger, professional, farm machinery industry – join the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association – contact FTMTA at 045 409309 or membership@ftmta.ie for details.

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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.

Be a part of a stronger, professional, farm machinery industry – join the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association – contact FTMTA at 045 409309 or membership@ftmta.ie for details.

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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.

Be a part of a stronger, professional, farm machinery industry – join the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association – contact FTMTA at 045 409309 or membership@ftmta.ie for details.

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FTMTA News 5th October 2017

FTMTA GRASS & MUCK 2018

Full details of the eagerly anticipated FTMTA Grass & Muck Event event were issued to prospective exhibitors last week. FTMTA Grass & Muck event will return to the Gurteen College site near Birr on Thursday, May 17th, 2018. All exhibitors as this year’s FTMTA Farm Machinery Show and FTMTA Grass & Muck 2016 will automatically receive details of next year’s event and any other firm which is interested in exhibiting at the event can register their interest by contacting the FTMTA office on 045 409309 or at admin@ftmta.ie . There is already very strong in exhibition and demonstration space with all the indicators at this early stage pointing to another great FTMTA event. 

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FTMTA has previously announced that it will be possible to provide another 15 acres of grass working plots at next year’s event bringing the total grass demo area to nearly 100 acres. It will also be possible to increase the size of the trade village area significantly. It is intended that exhibitors will showcase a wide range of products from many brands of tractors, farm machinery and accessories to animal care products, seeds and agro chemicals.

Be a part of a stronger, professional, farm machinery industry – join the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association – contact FTMTA at 045 409309 or membership@ftmta.ie for details.

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FTMTA News 3rd October 2017

FTMTA  Farm Machinery Trade Auction 

The first FTMTA Farm Machinery Trade Auction held at Punchestown on Saturday, September 30th, was a very well attended and successful event. Over 2,500 people passed through the doors of the venue on the day and there was significant bidding activity in the two sales rings throughout the day. The substantial entry of machinery and the large number of buyers present and online demonstrated that there was in fact an appetite for such an auction in Ireland. FTMTA will review the event in detail over coming weeks but are strongly considering holding similar sales in the future which would continue to be open to lots from FTMTA members only.

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FTMTA News 21st September 2017

FTMTA AGM

In addressing the recently held annual general meeting of the Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association, the FTMTA President, Graham McHugh stated that that the Association is putting a considerable effort into developing its membership to represent the industry as comprehensively as possible. This effort is bearing fruit with the addition of a significant number of new members in recent months. The FTMTA President detailed the work done by the Association in a number of areas in recent years with a view to supporting the business of its members and strengthening the trade as a whole. Much of this work goes largely unseen but can only be delivered by an effective and representative trade body.

Graham McHugh identified the pressures on the trade in relation to working capital and explained that the introduction of the upcoming FTMT Farm Machinery Trade Auction was a reaction to this as a service for FTMTA members only to provide a new mechanism for the reduction of levels of unsold inventory.  McHugh highlighted that the farm machinery industry overall, while subject to many external market forces, must concentrate on the factors which it can influence through a balanced approach to the sales, service and parts businesses in tandem with effective credit  and working capital management.

The President stressed the commitment of the leadership of the Association to making FTMTA more relevant to the wider membership on an ongoing basis and, in that regard, welcomed the addition of a growing number of new Executive Council members in recent years, all of whom bring their own experience and views to Council.

Be a part of a stronger, professional, farm machinery industry – join the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association – contact FTMTA at 045 409309 or membership@ftmta.ie for details.

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FTMTA News 13th September 2017

Tractor Registrations Improve in August

The latest tractor registrations figures issued by FTMTA cover the first eight months of the year and show a big improvement in the tractor market during that month. There were 129 new units registered during August which is a 46% increase of the 88 units registered during the same month in 2016. A total of 1,535 units have been registered during the period under review which is an 8% reduction on the 1,666 units registered in same period of 2016.

TractorsFTMTA sees the August registrations as encouraging and a strong indicator of renewed customer confidence. In January new registrations were 15% down on January 2016 but this situation has improved as the year progresses. FTMTA Chief Executive, Gary Ryan highlights the closing of this gap to 8% as the year moves on “as a sign of a recovering market driven in large part by an improvement in dairy pricing”. The FTMTA Chief Executive believes that the improving registrations position points to ongoing confidence delivering a stronger new tractor market into 2018. Cork, Tipperary and Wexford have been the three counties with the highest levels of new tractors registrations during 2017 with 185, 135 and 97 units respectively registered thus far.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the evidence of a recovering construction sector, registrations of both backhoe loaders and wheeled loaders have seen strong growth during 2017, There have been 44 backhoe loaders registered during the first eight months of the year which is an increase of one third on the corresponding period of last year. Likewise, registrations of wheeled loaders at 71 units for the year so far are up by in excess of 30% on the same time in 2016.

Be a part of a stronger, professional, farm machinery industry – join the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association – contact FTMTA at 045 409309 or membership@ftmta.ie for details.

 

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FTMTA News 12th September 2017

New Members for FTMTA

The September meeting of the FTMTA Executive Council was pleased to admit a further three firms to the membership of the Association.

Gary Brogan Tractors is based at Shanagarry, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick on the main Limerick to Killarney road. The business is a dealer for Landini tractors as well as the Fleming, Bomford and Hardi ranges of equipment. The business, led by Gary Brogan, can be contacted at 069 78942 and the website is at www.garybrogantractors.ie .

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Colemans Millstreet Ltd. is a long established New Holland dealership located at Minor Row, Millstreet, Co. Cork. The business is led by John Coleman and can be contacted on 029 70011 while the website is to be found at www.colemansmillstreet.com .

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Kerry Tractors is located at Carrigeendaniel, Tralee, Co. Kerry. The business, led by Don Holland, is a dealer for Massey Ferguson, Krone and Amazone. Kerry Tractors can be contacted on 066 7127463 and the website is at www.kerrytractors.ie .

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The  Executive Council of the Association believes that the growing membership of FTMTA and ongoing recruitment of additional members greatly strengthens the Association in promoting and supporting a professional and viable farm machinery industry to the advantage of the trade and its customers. The development of the membership base to be more widely representative of all aspects of the sector has been a priority for the Association in recent years.

Be a part of a stronger, professional, farm machinery industry – join the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association – contact FTMTA at 045 409309 or membership@ftmta.ie for details.

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FTMTA News 11th September 2017

More Machines for FTMTA Auction

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As more lots continue to be consigned to the first ever FTMTA Farm Machinery Trade Auction, the advice from the Association to members considering selling machines or parts at the auction is to book them in as early as possible.  While lots will be accepted until the week before the sale, vendors are encouraged to maximise their chances of obtaining the best possible selling price on the day by early booking to ensure the most exposure for each lot.  Early booking will allow all lots to be marketed to the best possible extent to potential buyers in advance of the auction which can be instrumental in ensuring that the right buyers are present and bidding to deliver maximum value for specific items.

Interest in the auction, to be held, in conjunction with Paul Cooke Auctions, at Punchestown Event Centre near Naas on Saturday, September 30th has been very strong so far from both FTMTA members and potential bidders. The Auction is being organised by FTMTA as a service to the machinery trade membership of the Association and will feature lots from FTMTA members only, be they dealers, manufacturers or distributors. An interesting aspect of the auction is that is unreserved with no minimum prices set for lots. FTMTA Chief Executive, Gary Ryan states that the decision to go with an unreserved auction was made to attract potential buyers who can bid on the machines in which they are interested secure in the knowledge that the sellers of these lots are serious about selling. The aim of the Association in promoting the auction is to provide another sales channel to members to move surplus stock; to do this will require a cohort of quality buyers and the marketing of the auction is driven by attracting such buyers.

Many of the lots entered thus far, including numerous very well presented items,  can be viewed at www.paulcookeauctions.com .Viewing will be open at Punchestown Event Centre on the two days prior to the auction, Thursday and Friday, September 28th and 29th.  Bidding on sale day will be possible onsite, online or through a pre bid service. To bid at the auction, potential buyers must first place a bidding deposit with the auctioneers and this is fully refundable in the event of not making a purchase.

Member firms of the FTMTA can obtain further information about the auction by contacting the Association’s offices at 045 409309 or at membership@ftmta.ie .

Be a part of a stronger, professional, farm machinery industry – join the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association – contact FTMTA at 045 409309 or membership@ftmta.ie for details.

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