UK dealers in the news

Horsch, New Holland and McCormick have all appointed new UK dealers recently, and Fendt and Valtra dealer RW Crawford has opened a new depot.

by Steven Vale

2 Jul 2019

David Evans Agricultural has been added to the New Holland dealer network to cover the vacant territory around Bridgend in South Wales. Located in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan in Llancarfan near Cardiff, the company covers the M4 corridor from Chepstow to the Gower.

Founded by David Evans in 1993, the dealership will supply the full range of New Holland products including tractors, harvest machinery, telescopic handlers and construction equipment.

David Evans is welcomed to New Holland by George Mills, New Holland area sales manager.

RW Crawford has extended its territory across south-east England with a new depot at Billingshurst to serve farmers and contractors in Sussex and Hampshire.

Originally from Essex, Crawfords look after the neighboring county of Kent and so when the opportunity arose in the dealer network across the Sussex/Hampshire area the business took the decision to expand its territory and service offering.

Key franchises on offer from the new depot include Fendt and Valtra plus Amazone, Spearhead and HM Trailers. The move to Sussex also sees Crawfords take on the role of Väderstad dealer for the region. Alongside this the business also holds the franchise for Isuzu pick-up trucks.

Fendt’s Andy Davies, AGCO ‘s Phil Bolton, farmer Steven Gregory, AGCO’s Stephen Lumby and managing director Wes Crawford on the forecourt of the new Billingshurst depot.

The firm’s new territory stretches from East Sussex to the M3 in the west. From the south coast it reaches northwards up into greater London, following the M25 up into Essex.

“Our new site in Billingshurst is positioned centrally – which is ideal for supporting our customers across the territory,” said managing director Wes Crawford.

A young and enthusiastic team of agricultural engineers is relaunching the McCormick tractor range in Essex. Tim Adcock of Adcock Agri has assembled a team of experienced agricultural technicians at his base in Rayleigh to develop a business that he started on his own as a ‘man in a van’ repairing tractors and farm machinery of all makes.

“Having established a good reputation with farmers locally for servicing, repairs and sourcing of competitively-priced parts, it’s a logical step to further develop the business by moving into sales,” said Mr Adcock. “We took on the local agency for Dieci telehandlers last year and now we’re all very excited to be involved with Argo Tractors and their McCormick products.”

Tim Adcock (left) with parts/sales representative Phil Gronland of Adcock Agri, the new Rayleigh-based dealer for McCormick tractors in Essex.

Other McCormick news includes the return of Suffolk Agri-Centre to the network. The dealership based at Pakenham east of Bury St Edmunds supplied McCormick products from 2007 to 2013 but then switched to Deutz-Fahr.

“McCormick manufacturer Argo Tractors has invested millions in a product development programme that has transformed the range,” says David Eley, Suffolk Agri-Centre sales director. “The McCormick line-up now has something for everyone, a very rounded range that meets the needs of farmers and contractors throughout Suffolk.”

The McCormick dealer network in Northern Ireland has been strengthened with the appointment of McKeever Tractors for County Antrim. Based at Portglenone near Ballymena, the dealer will draw on past experience of McCormick products to support existing owners of the tractors while focusing exclusively on McCormick for future sales.

“We have customers operating these tractors, our mechanics know the tractors and are confident working on them, and we know the tractors perform well and are reliable,” said managing director Thomas McKeever. “We’ll be supporting McCormick users old and new with a stock of parts for the entire range from 2002 models onwards to the current machines.”

Finally, Horsch recently partnered with Hamblys dealer network to provide its range of cultivators, drills and sprayers to customers in Cornwall and Devon.

Hamblys has five dealerships at Launceston and Redruth in Cornwall, Honiton and Torrington in Devon, and Bishops Lydeard in Somerset.