FTMTA News March 2nd

FTMTA Grass & Muck 2014

Following the recent, highly successful, FTMTA Farm Machinery Show, the Association has received a number of inquiries about the next FTMTA Grass & Muck event. No decision has been reached on the exact date of the event but, as previously announced, it is intended that FTMTA Grass & Muck will return to the Gurteen College site during May of 2014. An exact date will be announced in the coming weeks and exhibitor packs will be issued during the second half of this year.

Farm Machinery Industry Training Centre

The FTMTA Farm Machinery Industry Training Centre (FMITC) near Naas, Co. Kildare was opened by the FTMTA in 2007 as a headquarters for the Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association and also as a purpose built training facility for the Irish agricultural machinery industry. The primary purpose for the building of the training centre was to provide a local facility for the technical and commercial training delivered by machinery manufacturers and distributors to personnel from their dealer networks. Prior to the building of the FMITC much of this training was conducted at the manufacturers’ own premises in the UK which put additional burdens in terms of cost and time on the Irish dealers when sending staff for training. The centre has also been used by various manufacturers for operator training for their end customers.

The training centre provides a spacious machinery hall for hands on technical training, a general purpose classroom and a dedicated IT training room with 13 PCs. The building has wireless internet access throughout, canteen facilities and ample parking.

The FMITC had its busiest year since opening in 2012 and there have already been a number of training events held this year with a number of others already booked for the coming months. The use of the centre is provided at attractive rates to FTMTA member firms and anybody interested in using the facilities should contact Patrick Rogers on 045 409309 or at membership@ftmta.ie .

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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