Rare sight in Ireland: Big-scale, German-built machine has landed…

Farmhand – the Dublin-based machinery importer and distributor – has sold a brand new self-propelled Amazone sprayer here in Ireland.

Amazone is probably best known here for its disc-type cultivators, power harrows, drills and mounted/trailed sprayers; however, one of the German company’s flagship products is its Pantera sprayer – the only self-propelled machine in its current arsenal (apart from small, municipal-spec lawnmowers).

Amazone Pantera
An Amazone Pantera (file picture)

Farmhand has not divulged where this Irish-owned Pantera now resides; nor which dealer retailed it. The machine is, nonetheless, here – and here to stay.

There is already believed to be an existing Pantera in Tullow, Co. Carlow.

Whether further Amazone-badged machines of this size will follow remains to be seen; the market for new self-propelled sprayers (across all brands) here in Ireland is somewhat limited.

Amazone Pantera
An Amazone Pantera (file picture)

The latest machine to land is a Pantera 4502; it boasts a tank capacity of 4,500L. Available boom widths are up to 40m.

Thanks to a choice of chassis types – Pantera, Pantera-W and Pantera-H – the machines can be configured to suit different types of buyers and, consequently, different farming and contracting operations.

Wider company news

In other related news, the Amazone Group reports that it grew last year (2017). Its (consolidated) total turnover went up to €457 million.

This set a new record in the company’s history; it represented growth of 12.6% compared with 2016 (€406 million).

Image source: Shane Casey

Turnover in tillage and crop protection equipment developed “above average”.

Amazone exports about 80% of its total production; significant turnover increases were recorded in Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, South Africa and Belarus. “Positive growth” was seen in its home market (Germany) and also in Austria.

Image source: Shane Casey

2017 sales in France, while weaker, turned out better than had originally been anticipated.

In total, around 1,850 people were employed by Amazone (including 130 apprentices) last year. Over 7% of turnover was ploughed back – no pun intended – in to R&D (Research & Development).

Directors Christian Dreyer and Dr. Justus Dreyer (below) say the company is on a “stable, successful course”.

Christian explained: “The excellent result for 2017 shows that our innovations – along with continuing, strengthened engagement in many of our markets – are bearing fruit.”

Vogel & Noot connection

Back in 2016, in Mosonmagyarovar in Hungary, Amazone bought the plough manufacturing business from Vogel & Noot; production of Amazone’s Cayros ploughs has continued to grow in the meantime.

This year, for example, a further €1 million is being invested in a new machine shop in the plough production facility.