Australian dealers break all records.
During a recent visit down under GT Bunning & Son’s Sales Manager Chris Druce caught up with newly appointed Bunbury Machinery in Western Australia, Clarke Equipment in Queensland and Landaco Equipment in New South Wales. Between them they have achieved an astonishing 350% increase in the number of units sold per year in Australia. Chris puts this down to an excellent commitment to stock, so machines are available for immediate delivery and having product on display at field days. Parts back up is excellent with all dealers exceeding Bunnings required levels. Chris also carried out product training ensuring that all staff members are proficient in recommending the best model and spreading mechanism for their customers.
New Widebody® 380 HD makes debut
Tuesday 29th of July 2014 saw the New Bunning Lowlander Widebody® 380 HD get its first outing at a public manure demonstration in Lexington Nebraska USA. This new model gets increased load carrying capacity from a new 48tonne tri axle suspension set and larger diameter 600/55 R26.5 tyres as standard, other sizes are available. New extension sides with thicker side sheets and pressings ensure a heaped volumetric capacity of 40m³. A heavy duty sprung drawbar and 1 steering axle are standard features. The new specification of the Widebody® 380 HD will allow users to haul larger loads at higher speeds than the standard model. Feedback from customers at the event prompted Bunning dealer Joel Onken to say “Give us a few weeks and you might be a little busy!”
July 2014 see’s the start of a phased expansion plan at G T Bunnings’ premises in Dereham, Norfolk. This expansion has been in the planning stage for the last year as worldwide demand for G.T Bunnings’ products continues to grow. The company has been investing in new equipment to help with productivity and now needs more workshop space to further increase manufacturing capacity at the plant.
Phase one of the project is the construction of a new assembly plant measuring 55 metres by 20 metres with an eve’s height of 8 metres and will allow the company to rationalise the layout of its existing workshops, improving efficiency and productivity. The new building will be fully equipped with two overhead beam cranes, two 7.5 tonne cranes and two 4 tonne cranes. Solar panels are also planned for the south facing roof space to reduce the carbon footprint at the plant. The first new workshop will be used for final assembly of agricultural machinery and pallet inverters, both of which require a lot of space due to the sheer size of the equipment, and is expected to be completed by September 2014.
Phase two and three will involve the construction of two further workshops, both equal in size to the phase one facility. These will be used to provide a third paint booth, a second shot blast facility and a storage area for machines waiting assembly. Planning permission has been granted for phase two and three and work is expected to start on construction in the near future.
Cereals Event 2014
At this years Cereals Event, Bunnings exhibited two versions of the increasingly popular HBD spreader with the horizontal beater & spinning disc rear discharge spread mechanism. Both machines being custom built to suit the requirements of the individual users (see featured photo; Mr. James Sapsed) were well received by arable farmers visiting the stand. The machines are ideally suited for spreading high value, organic products such as bio solids and poultry manures at wider spread widths and accurate application rates, further enhanced by the RDS weighing technology (fitted to both machines on stand).
The new RDS weighing system was available to view for the first time since its introduction to the range of optional equipment for the Lowlander spreader range. It incorporates GPS technology for the ultimate standard in precision farming. Prescription maps can be generated and uploaded to the Apollo controller enabling exact variable rate application, achieving optimum efficiency of product distribution.
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PPG Protective & Marine Coatings – World Class Corrosion Protection
GT Bunnings & sons have always been associated with high quality and reliability with both the component parts of their machines and the protective paint finish.
Operating within the agricultural markets in numerous countries around the world subjects the machines to uniquely aggressive stresses and strains. From harsh environments with exposure to potentially corrosive products to withstanding large temperature fluctuations and regular pressure cleaning, the protective coating system needs to be high performance whilst enabling practicality and ease of application.
With unrivalled experience and expertise in coatings technology PPG Protective & Marine Coatings came to the fore with their Sigma Coatings brand. PPG were able to understand our unique requirements and tailor a specification to give us the coating system solution to offer the high performance and quality expected whilst optimising our manufacturing procedures for application.
This unique heritage and expertise enabled GT Bunning & sons to work closely with PPG to implement a 2 component re-coatable system from the high performance SigmaCover and SigmaDur ranges. This system not only offers excellent corrosion protection but also excellent long term gloss and colour retention providing extended cosmetic performance whilst offering improved cleaning properties.
Extensive field trials were carried out with the system at the implementation stage and the results spoke for themselves. GT Bunning and sons are now in the 11th year of using this protective system for all machines and believe that the quality of the products and technical and commercial support given by PPG Protective & Marine Coatings is unrivalled by any other supplier in the protective coatings industry.