FTMTA News January 12th

2012 New Tractor Registrations

As has been widely reported, the end of year figures from the FTMTA Statistics Service show a good recovery in sales of new tractors during 2012. A total of 1,893 units were registered during the year which was a 23% increase on 2011. While the figures are encouraging, they are still some way short of the average of 2,000 units for the last 20 to 25 years which is probably the minimum level needed to deliver a viable market into the future.

The three counties with the highest levels of registrations during 2012 were Cork, Wexford and Galway with 213, 137 and 112 units respectively. The most popular power band by far during the year was 101 to 120hp which represented nearly 34% of all new tractors registered. 73% of all tractors registered during 2012 had greater than 100hp.

FTMTA cannot release detailed market share information for a given year until 12 months have passed due to competition regulations but can, at this stage, issue information regarding registrations by brand during 2011. Of the total of 1,543 tractors registered in 2011 the top five brands were:

John Deere with 26%,

New Holland and Massey Ferguson tied with 18% each,

Case with 7%

Zetor with 6%.

Registrations of telescopic loaders also saw an increase during 2012 with 119 units registered which was a 37% increase on the 2011 figure.

Registrations of new tractors (>50 hp) in the UK during 2012 fell by 1% to 13,951 units, according to figures released by the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA). The average power of a tractor sold in the UK during the year was 148hp which is slight increase on the previous year.

FTMTA Farm Machinery Show 2013

It is now possible to advance purchase tickets online for the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show. A link on the home page of the FTMTA website at www.ftmta.ie will take you to the ticket sales site. People buying tickets in this way will receive an e ticket by email. The online tickets are available at a cost of €13.50 as against a charge of €15 for printed tickets.

People who would prefer to receive a traditional printed ticket can still place advance orders for tickets to the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show 2013 until Friday, January 18th. Anybody wishing to order such tickets should contact the FTMTA office on 045 409309 or at show@ftmta.ie. A 20% discount is available on bulk orders of 10 tickets or more.

All exhibition space at the upcoming FTMTA Farm Machinery Show is fully booked and, while a waiting list is being kept, it is unlikely that any space will become available at this stage.

The FTMTA Farm Machinery Show takes place at Punchestown Event Centre on February 7th, 8th and 9th and will be the premier Irish farm machinery event of 2013.

 FTMTA Diary

There are a very limited number of additional diaries available and any member firm wishing to purchase additional diaries should contact the FTMTA office on 045 409309 or at membership@ftmta.ie as soon as possible.

Be a part of a stronger 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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