Trade focus

Trade focus: Manufacturing in Meath…no machine too big or too small

Trade focus: Manufacturing in Meath…no machine too big or too small

Ireland is currently enjoying a small industrial renaissance; certainly in the agricultural sector where there are many small and medium-sized...

May 30, 2018

Trade focus: Family-owned German giant marries big machines and ‘big data’

Trade focus: Family-owned German giant marries big machines and ‘big data’

We may never hear it said publicly, but there is a growing awareness within the trade that the agricultural machinery...

May 29, 2018

Trade focus: ‘Self-propelled foragers are great for maize, but not always best for grass’

Trade focus: ‘Self-propelled foragers are great for maize, but not always best for grass’

It has been six years now since Pottinger brought the distribution of its products in Ireland back in-house. The move...

May 25, 2018

Trade focus: The tractor ‘trapped’ in Kerry that trades parts to the world

Trade focus: The tractor ‘trapped’ in Kerry that trades parts to the world

“It’s only a mannequin really,” noted Colm Clifford – describing the Massey Ferguson 240 tractor (pictured above) that sits proudly...

May 22, 2018

Trade focus: Building a machinery manufacturing business in Co. Limerick

Trade focus: Building a machinery manufacturing business in Co. Limerick

Stepping out of the comfort and routine of secure employment to concentrate on creating a new business is something that...

May 9, 2018

Trade focus: Charting an ‘independent’ path with a tightly-run ship

Trade focus: Charting an ‘independent’ path with a tightly-run ship

Few people have ever accused the machinery trade across the entirety of the 32 counties as being a bland, homogenous...

April 25, 2018

Trade focus: How a Westmeath man can get an ‘edge’ on your machinery

Trade focus: How a Westmeath man can get an ‘edge’ on your machinery

It was an invoice amounting to nearly €4,000 which set James Geoghegan on the path to building his own knife...

April 6, 2018

Trade focus: What doesn’t a Wexford ‘breaker’ know about these tractors?

Trade focus: What doesn’t a Wexford ‘breaker’ know about these tractors?

The image of vehicle breakers has not always been the most glamorous or environmentally friendly. Visions of grease-covered and indifferent...

March 30, 2018

Trade focus: New stock arrives; but who or what is Pronar?

Trade focus: New stock arrives; but who or what is Pronar?

It was Poland that led the fall of European communism in the 1980s and, in doing so, opened up the...

March 23, 2018

Trade focus: Is a quad the best ‘tractor’ a stock farmer could have?

Trade focus: Is a quad the best ‘tractor’ a stock farmer could have?

Each year there is always a small buzz of excitement as the tractor registration figures are released; the farming world...

March 8, 2018

Trade focus: ‘Looking for more power from three-cylinder engines is a mistake’

Trade focus: ‘Looking for more power from three-cylinder engines is a mistake’

John Deere has rarely, if ever, been noted for any lack of confidence in either its products or its future....

February 13, 2018

Trade focus: No hiding from big-brand takeovers on home turf

Trade focus: No hiding from big-brand takeovers on home turf

Heading into Kilrush from the Limerick side, there is what you might assume to be a modest local tractor dealer...

January 30, 2018

Trade focus: Stretching right across the ‘sunny’ south-east

Trade focus: Stretching right across the ‘sunny’ south-east

Agriculture is constantly evolving; trying to discern the future is a question of picking out trends. Although ‘digitalisation’ of just...

January 19, 2018

Trade focus: ‘It’s great to just press a button and it works’

Trade focus: ‘It’s great to just press a button and it works’

“Tumosan will be in the top ten best-selling brands in 2018.” That’s the confident prediction of Michael Brogan – founder...

December 21, 2017

Trade focus: Doing the ‘deal’ in the ‘Kingdom’

Trade focus: Doing the ‘deal’ in the ‘Kingdom’

It would be unfair to refer to Valtra as ‘oddball’, but being a little different from the rest is one...

December 11, 2017