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Howardson Group hosts successful dealer training event

Howardson Group hosts successful dealer training event: The Howardson Group recently brought together over 100 delegates from their dealership network across the UK, Europe and the Far East, over a three week period which proved to be an invaluable opportunity for all involved.

Held at the picturesque Morley Hayes Golf Club in the Derbyshire countryside and Derby County Football Club’s training ground, the events showcased the company’s extensive portfolio of product groups, including Dennis, Hunter Grinders, Lloyds SISIS and Syn-Pro.

Howardson Group hosts successful dealer training event

Howardson Group hosts successful dealer training event

The agenda for the event was packed with informative sessions, including sales and product training that delved deep into the benefits and features of the Howardson Group’s products for end-users. Attendees gained insight into future developments and had the chance to network and share experiences with other like-minded individuals.

One of the standout features of the event was its “hands-on” approach, allowing attendees to interact directly with the equipment. This approach, covering both new and existing key products, was aimed at enhancing their understanding of the Howardson Group product ranges.

Attendees were also invited for a behind-the-scenes factory tour, where all the products are manufactured, and gave them the chance to see first-hand some of the recent investments. The group were also given rare access to the All British Precision factory where components for the machines are meticulously produced on site in Kirk Langley.

Howardson Group hosts successful dealer training event

Howardson Group hosts successful dealer training event

Feedback from those who attended the event was overwhelmingly positive. Robert Snedden from Thomas Sherriff commented, “Brilliant, well-organised, and above all, slick. We have looked at 37 machines, spoke about them all and learnt a lot. The timing was perfect, the content was perfect, and I couldn’t fault it at all.”

Jim Clarke from Jim Clarke Fine Turf Machinery said, “I’ve really enjoyed the event and seen a lot of machinery that we wouldn’t have normally seen. It has been a great experience.”

Andy Melville, Commercial Director at GGM Groundscare, highlighted the value of hands-on training, stating, “The event has been very useful, very informative. It is great to physically see the machines in action. It gives you the opportunity to see what they can actually do, rather than just look at a brochure and read some specification.”

Overall, the event was a resounding success, providing attendees with valuable insights, networking opportunities, and a first-hand experience of the Howardson Group’s impressive range of products. With such positive feedback from attendees, the Howardson Group looks forward to hosting similar events in the future, continuing to support and empower their dealer network.

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Origin Amenity Solutions hosts successful webinar

Origin Amenity Solutions hosts successful webinar: Origin Amenity Solutions (OAS) is thrilled to announce the overwhelming success of its recent webinar, ‘Dollar Spot Demystified: Proven Strategies from the USA and UK for Effective Integrated Management,’ which took place on Tuesday, April 16th, 2024.

With a staggering turnout of 107 attendees hailing from various countries including the UK, Ireland, Netherlands, USA, France, Spain, Germany, and Austria, the webinar was well received and proved to be a vital resource for turfgrass professionals worldwide.

Origin Amenity Solutions hosts successful webinar

Origin Amenity Solutions hosts successful webinar

The webinar, presented by James Hempfling, Ph.D., Technical Services Manager for  Northern US Envu, captivated participants with a comprehensive approach to managing dollar spot, a persistent challenge in turfgrass maintenance. Dr. Hempfling, a renowned turfgrass expert with extensive experience and expertise, shared invaluable insights and proven strategies for effective cultural and chemical management of Dollar Spot.

“Whether you’re a experienced turfgrass professional or new to the challenges of dollar spot, this webinar equipped attendees with the knowledge and tools needed to achieve success in dollar spot management,” said Kelly-Marie Clack from OAS.

The webinar’s hosts also included Phil Logan, National Account Manager UK & Ireland at Envu, and Kelly-Marie Clack, Agronomy & Technical Manager from OAS, both of whom brought a wealth of experience and expertise to the discussion.

“We are delighted by the overwhelming response to our webinar and are grateful to our esteemed hosts and attendees for making it a resounding success,” continued Kelly-Marie Clack. ” This was a rare opportunity to learn from one of the foremost experts in this field and we were delighted to co-host it. At OAS, we are committed to providing cutting-edge solutions and valuable insights to turfgrass professionals worldwide.”

Attendees of the webinar had the opportunity to earn BASIS points in the UK, IASIS points in Ireland, and BIGGA CPD points, further enhancing the value of their participation. This recognition supports OAS’s dedication to providing insightful content, as well as tangible professional development opportunities for turfgrass professionals.

To speak to an OAS advisor about strategies for managing Dollar Spot please call the team on 01423 138 7222 or visit www.originamenity.com.

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Hunts Engineering a successful dealer

Hunts Engineering a successful dealer: After working together now for just over a year, Hunts Engineering Ltd is proving a highly successful dealer in the Midlands, for Campey Turf Care Systems.

Starting as an agricultural dealership focusing on engineering, the Warwickshire based family-owned company has established itself in the professional turf care sector.

Hunts Engineering a successful dealer

Hunts Engineering a successful dealer

Hunts Engineering a successful dealerWith Peter Hunt having more than 35 years of experience in the industry and a strong reputation for customer service, Hunts make the perfect addition to the Campey dealer framework. Founded in 2007 owners of Hunts, Peter and Julie Hunt, want to continue growing the fine turf arm of the business, and they believe the Campey line of machinery is the perfect portfolio to do it with.

“We’re taking on everything that Campey does. We want to have the complete range so we can go into a golf course, club or school and offer them a comprehensive package. For us, that was really important because we want our customers to come to us with any requests or issues and have an answer or solution for them.

“We’ve grown our business on the back of service and our dedicated and skilled team. Having the final solution is a big value to us and our customers.

“This industry is very much person to person, and demonstrations are important. Especially with Campey machinery because it’s not the run of the mill tractors and mowers; it’s specialist equipment.

“Personally, it makes our jobs more interesting working with this type of equipment. Most of the time, you can see an instant result or effect with this machinery, and we think that is why people respond to it.

“We also need support from Campey when we have questions and Jason Moody has been very good for that. When he says he’ll do something, he does it, which is so important for our customers and us.”

With two dedicated Campey salespeople and five fully qualified mechanics operating on-site and in the workshop, the Hunts backup team is more than capable of providing the first-class service customers expect from Campey.

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Successful SALTEX for Ventrac

Successful SALTEX for Ventrac: Returning from a very successful SALTEX show, Rupert Price, managing director of UK importer Price Turfcare, says that Ventrac has now been accepted as a relevant brand in the UK groundscare sector.

“At the end of the first day at the show, we were returning to the hotel and reflecting on the high level of business and number of visitors that we had seen. Honestly, we were sceptical about the possible visitor numbers prior to the show, but were very pleased with the footfall across the stand and the number of demonstration requests received. The discussion with the first visitor set the tone for the day with a demonstration arranged for late November.

Successful SALTEX for Ventrac

Successful SALTEX for Ventrac

“It occurred to us that we were being perceived in a different way than at previous events; we had become an accepted and credible brand in the sector. Instead of having to explain who we were and what the machine could do, we were talking to an audience who had seen it on social media, in the trade press and at events and now understood the benefits that it could bring to their business.

“For me, this change of perception was a very pleasing and a testament to the efforts of the small team here at the company. They have worked tirelessly to promote and demonstrate the machine across the UK for the past six years. We have come from nowhere in 2017, when we launched at BTME and with the incredible support of the manufacturer, Venture Products Inc, we have gone from a presence of zero machines to over 200 today. The forward order book is healthy, we are getting regular shipments of machines and are now looking at larger premises for the new year.

“The atmosphere at SALTEX was very positive; people were really pleased to be meeting up with the industry again. It was just a good feeling to see customers, prospects and former colleagues in a positive environment. There were many discussions about supply chain issues, the inevitable price rises that we are all experiencing and the state of the sector, but all-in-all, it demonstrated the robustness of UK groundscare. For us, a great show!”

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KAR’s successful launch for Hunter TTS rotors

KAR’s successful launch for Hunter TTS rotors: Last year, KAR UK launched the new Hunter TTS-800 rotors and, in that time, they have become one of the most sought-after irrigation products in sportsturf. Sales Manager Mike McDonnell reveals the reasons why.

“Greenkeepers, Course Managers, Grounds persons, Stadium Mangers and Sports Turf Managers in general have a very difficult job when it comes to irrigation management,” said Mike. “Playability can directly impact revenue and so effective irrigation is critical at all times.

KAR's successful launch for Hunter TTS rotors

KAR’s successful launch for Hunter TTS rotors

Harsh environments and dirty water can make matters even more complicated but with heavy duty, highly efficient easy to service TTS rotors – Turf Managers can push past such obstacles to ensure beautiful, playable pitches and courses for years to come.

“We have been delighted to see such interest in the TTS-800 series in the past year.”

As Mike says, the TTS-800 series are now relied upon at some of the most prestigious sporting venues in the UK and beyond. They integrate advanced technology with unrivalled power, reliability, and performance to simplify irrigation management and cultivate impeccable playing surfaces in every application.

TTS-800 rotors combine the field-proven benefits of Hunters’ robust, highly efficient G-80 and G-85 gear drives with an all-new Total-Top-Service body, inlet valve, and control mechanism to ensure unmatched ease of installation and serviceability.

“These really are the most reliable and powerful rotors in the industry,” continued Mike. “Our customers have been quick to praise Hunter’s patented TTS (Total-Top-Service) technology which allows for every serviceable element of the rotor to be accessed through the top.

KAR's successful launch for Hunter TTS rotors

KAR’s successful launch for Hunter TTS rotors

Mechanical and electrical, big and small, operators can get to every component without disturbing the playing surface.

“This means there’s no more digging, no more unsightly scars, and perhaps more importantly, it is one less item on a busy turf manager’s schedule.”

Other benefits of the TTS series include:

  • Exclusive pressure port nozzle technology which maximizes distribution uniformity for healthy, playable turf in any setting.
  • The high-torque gear drive is the strongest in the industry to mitigate the challenges of reclaimed water and debris infiltration.
  • The TTS-800 Series are available in four models to ensure optimised performance in a range of applications.
  • A threaded inlet which sets the industry standard with heavy duty impact-resistant construction.
  • Three ports of entry are available – to allow for fast, organised, and easy wire management during installation.
  • The regulator is adjustable when installed or removed, allowing for easy fine-tuning of settings for optimal performance.
  • The on-off/auto-selector is colour coded with a visual indicator which makes it easy to identify when the rotor is in the manual off position.
  • A stage two filter protection helps prevent rotor weeping.
  • The powerful patented planetary gear drive powers through even the harshest conditions.
  • A range of nozzle packages are available with flows from 33.71 litres per minute at a radius of 11.3m to 225.6 litres per minute at a radius of 29.5m
  • Speciality low angle nozzles are also available to accommodate high-wind environments and other specific needs.

“A lot of research has been carried out over the years and it is not a surprise to see that Hunter systems offer 17% savings in water usage over the competition on average,” said Mike. “At KAR we are proud to distribute and work with such a leading brand.

“In particular, the TTS-800 rotors are built to maximise convenience and minimise waste. We are hoping for another successful year with these popular and powerful rotors.”

For more information, please visit www.karuk.com

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PSD hail successful SALTEX

PSD hail successful SALTEX: PSD Groundscare are hailing this year’s Saltex a “huge success”, reporting more visitors to the stand than ever before. Customers, prospects and the media were given the opportunity to view a fantastic range of innovative, time-saving solutions to assist with a host of landscaping requirements from leading industry names.

Taking centre stage at the show was the exciting launch of the new Prof 6 Green Waste Shredder from Belgium manufacturer Eliet. A proto-type was unveiled of the new tracked model which will be available in the spring, and there will also be self-propelled (wheeled) and towed models. This innovative new shredder is the successor to the popular Prof 5 and is a welcomed addition to the Eliet range of green waste shredders which offers a solution for material up to 16cm diameter and make light work of leafy, wet green material where other machines fail.

PSD hail successful SALTEX

In addition there was a range of high-quality machinery to manage the challenge of long grass and banks mowing.  The new AS62 Pedestrian Brushcutter from AS Motor is designed specifically to mow and mulch high grass up to 90 cm high while the AS 1040 Yak ride-on flail mower diminishes the need for path overlap and guarantees high work rates, reaching 6,800 m²/h and, making it a highly efficient alternative to traditional rotary mowing.

There was huge interest in the range of products for efficient lawn and turfcare maintenance from leading manufacturer Eliet, including the Turfaway 600 turf cutter, which is highly effective for major lawn renovation and complete reconstruction and the new Eliet self-propelled C550 scarifier, with a collection feature which gathers discarded material into narrow rows for easy disposal, reducing the cleaning-up process time by 50%.

PSD also offer a comprehensive range of debris clearance machinery including the lightweight and agile AS30 E battery powered weedbrush from AS Motor, a timesaver when it comes removing weeds on uneven surfaces such as cobblestones, along walls and kerb stones and a quiet rechargeable battery.

Representatives from key manufacturers were in attendance, including Torsten Schick – Head of

International Sales at AS Motor, Gracienne Geenens, Sales Director at Eliet and Stéphane Courtois,

Sales & Marketing Director at TS Industries, who were able to give visitors a detailed overview of the products being showcased.

Chris Gibson (Managing Director) of PSD Groundscare said:

“We are absolutely delighted with this year’s Saltex. The stand was busy at all times and we took more enquiries than ever before, with particular interest in our innovative new products that are set to revolutionise groundscare and maintenance.

“Saltex was the perfect place for the unveiling of the exciting new Prof 6 Green Waste Shredder from Eliet, as it is arguably the industry’s show stopper event and the perfect platform to show the innovations that PSD Groundscare have to offer”.

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Successful SALTEX for Price Turfcare

Successful SALTEX for Price Turfcare: “SALTEX just gets better and better for us”, says Rupert Price, Managing Director of Ventrac’s UK distributor Price Turfcare.

“For the past two years we’ve been coming to the event with the intention of raising the profile of the Ventrac brand, but this year there was a significant change. Visitors now know of us through our marketing initiatives including the social media platforms of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, together with the editorial coverage we have received in the trade media.

Successful SALTEX for Price Turfcare

“We’re still working exceptionally hard demonstrating the versatility of the equipment and the recent Turf Maintenance Live (TML) event, just a week before SALTEX, was another opportunity to get the product in front of prospects.

“Many of the visitors to our stand were saying that they had seen us on social media and in the trade publications. Now they are wanting to see the equipment that is creating the buzz. At the close of the show, when we analysed the number of demonstration requests we had received, I was quite dumbfounded. With these added to those from TML, we are going to be extremely busy between now and the spring of 2020.

“All in all, a great show for us.”

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Fusion Media’s Successful SALTEX

Fusion Media’s Successful SALTEX: Fusion Media is celebrating a hugely successful SALTEX 2019 after representing a record number of exhibitors at the show as well as carrying out a year-long strategic marketing campaign on behalf of the event itself which resulted in a record-breaking number of visitors.

Fusion Media is an award-winning, full-service marketing and corporate communications agency that works across all media channels. It has an extensive client base within the groundscare industry and expert knowledge in helping clients stand out from the crowd.

Fusion Media's Successful SALTEX

SALTEX 2019 saw Fusion Media representing 11 exhibitors on the show floor in which the company embarked on a variety of activities including bespoke exhibition design & stand build, creation of show literature and promoting their show presence through a mix of print and digital media as well as various social media campaigns.

Since SALTEX moved to the NEC, Birmingham in 2015, Fusion Media has handled the public relations for the show and last year the agency was awarded the marketing contract.

The result was a year-long strategic marketing campaign to help persuade visitors to commit to the show; while also attracting new or lapsed visitors. SALTEX 2019 saw a record-breaking number of visitors attend the show since its move to the NEC, Birmingham, which in turn has also led to a record-breaking rebook rate for exhibitors committing to the 2020 show.

Commenting on the successful show, Fusion Media Managing Director, Christopher Bassett, said: “I’m tremendously proud of the whole Fusion team who have really pulled out all of the stops in ensuring that SALTEX 2019 attracted a record-breaking number of visitors.

“It is an honour to be part of the industry’s showcase exhibition and it has once again been a pleasure working alongside the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) and Events for You – the SALTEX sales team. The show is growing year on year and credit must go to the IOG for putting on a show that the industry can be proud of.

“I would also like to thank all of our clients, all of whom reported this year’s event as the busiest and most prosperous show yet. It was a privilege to represent new and existing clients at SALTEX and we are already looking forward to next year’s event.”

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Machinery Imports Celebrate Successful SALTEX

Machinery Imports Celebrate Successful SALTEX: The team from T H WHITE Machinery Imports were delighted to support the IOG and attend the 2018 SALTEX event again last week, held at the Birmingham NEC on 31st October and 1st November.

The two-day exhibition was attended by over 300 exhibitors and several thousand visitors, with the Machinery Imports stand, representing Ferris, Wright, Spider and Jensen brands dominating the space as the second-largest exhibitor stand in the whole venue.

Machinery Imports Celebrate Successful SALTEX

With an open space stand of 175m2 visitors to the stand were able to see a range of machinery from the Ferris, Wright, Spider and Jensen brands all in one place, with a large team on hand to answer any questions and talk to visitors about the machinery on display in detail.

Taking centre-stage on the stand was a large suspension demonstration unit from Ferris. Featuring a Ferris IS®2100Z on top, the suspension unit was able to show visitors exactly how the patented Ferris IS® suspension technology works on uneven terrain, with staff able to explain in more detail the benefits of the suspension on comfort, productivity, safety and machine longevity. As the only commercial zero-turn mowers in the world with full suspension, Ferris models including the new, compact 400S, launched in 2018, and the EFI Petrol engine powered IS®3200Z, were proudly on display alongside popular stand-on and pedestrian Ferris machines.

Launching at SALTEX was the new Ferris ISX®800Z, a 27hp petrol engine zero-turn mower with 52” rear-discharge deck, which garnered much interest throughout the show. The real innovations in the ISX®800Z were clear for all to see, introducing a new-to-the-industry double wishbone suspension system for an even smoother ride, as well as double belt drive system under the deck for extreme reliability and extended belt life.

Also launched at the event was the new prototype X Line from Spider, their smallest commercial mower to date at just 1m3 with an integrated winch enabling mowing on slopes and dangerous terrain up to 55°. Displayed on an angled stand, visitors were able to see the X Line in detail and up close, before it officially enters the market in the UK from Spring 2019 onwards. Other models on display included the ever-popular Spider ILD01 and low-profile 2SGS, designed for mowing under and around solar panels.

From Jensen, the original woodchipper brand established in Germany in 1884, visitors were presented with a selection of 3 popular chippers from the range including the A530 petrol towed machine, which at just 750kg can be towed with a standard, full UK driving licence. The A530L Diesel model was also highly popular at the show, alongside the exciting A530XL tracked chipper, which with a 150mm capacity and powerful 37hp diesel engine can make light work of timber and brash, clearing up to 15m3 per hour. The Jensen tracked system which can come either as fixed, adjustable or independently adjustable ‘Spider’ tracks, offers unrivalled stability and access for those harder-to-reach spaces such as slopes, embankments, uneven or unstable terrain.

Finally, visitors were welcomed to by representatives from the Wright team, who flew over from the USA specially, to see a range of Wright stander mowers including the Sport I and Stander I. Wright produced the world’s first stander mowers in 1997 and are the leading manufacturer of high quality, stand-on mowers in the world. Visitors were interested to stand and sit on the Wright mowers, testing the comfort and user-friendliness, as well as the easy-to-use spring-loaded height of cut adjuster which surprised guests with its effortless transition ability.

Judith Ross, Regional Sales and Marketing Manager at Wright, commented: “Working with the Machinery Imports sales team at SALTEX 2018 was a productive and informative experience. Wright values our partnership with Machinery Imports as a supplier of premium commercial equipment in the UK. SALTEX provides an important venue for industry-wide sharing of best practices and services in the green industry.”

The team were pleased to not only meet new and existing customers and dealers but also showcase the brands on film with the teams from SALTEX TV and Turf Matters who both visited the stand during the event. Not only that, popular YouTuber John Ryan who set up the Lawncare Legends social groups for groundcare professionals took time to visit the stand and film some of the machinery for his upcoming projects.

Machinery Imports Divisional Director, Tim Lane, was really pleased with the success of the show for the business, commenting:

“We were delighted to attend SALTEX again this year supporting the IOG and hosting a large stand space encompassing all four of our premium brands. The Machinery Imports team worked tirelessly throughout the event to highlight the exceptional range of machinery we have available to meet the customers’ every need, as well as showcasing our new innovations to the market through product launches from Spider and Ferris.

We are looking forward to speaking with all the stand visitors again over the coming weeks and months at demonstrations and meetings to discuss working together further in 2019.”

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MJ Abbott’s Successful Year

MJ Abbott’s Successful Year: As one of the UK’s leading specialist contractors to the sports turf industry MJ Abbott Limited, established in 1965, has developed its expertise in a wide range of products and services and now operates throughout the UK and Europe.

Over the years the service portfolio has grown to incorporate sports facility construction and renovation, golf course construction, reconstruction and remodelling, irrigation, water management, land drainage, water and wastewater engineering, landscaping, civil engineering, and a number of other specialist services.

MJ Abbott's Successful Year

Throughout the last 12-months, the company has completed projects from hybrid pitch construction at Premier League football clubs through to sports pitch construction at schools and colleges. The varied nature of these projects has highlighted MJ Abbott’s ability to provide the best solution possible to meet customer requirements and budgets when working on construction, drainage irrigation or landscaping.

This has led to a number of diverse projects being successfully finished including the construction, installation of drainage and cultivation of four pitches ready for seeding at Zeals Football Club and Alderbury Football Club. Dauntseys School, Wiltshire, also had a football pitch constructed, complete with primary drainage and sand topdressing into re-used topsoil as well as a cricket square renovation.

Both Foxhills Golf Club and Torquay Golf Club had short game areas constructed, consisting of earthworks, green and bunker construction, drainage, irrigation, cultivating and seeding. A specialist irrigation project took place at Abridge Golf Club with a Perott irrigation system being installed. This involved new mainlines pipework and the installation of a controller into the pump station for the irrigation to greens, approaches, tees and partial fairways.

These projects have been joined by hybrid pitch constructions using two different systems. Brighton and Hove Albion FC had their fibrelastic pitch removed at the AMEX Stadium and had the levels graded before a new sand and rootzone layer was added and a SISGRASS hybrid system installed.

The Premier League club also installed SISGRASS on two and a half pitches at their training ground, with the construction including the addition of new undersoil heating on the goalkeeping area and work on pitch surrounds.

The increasingly popular hybrid system was also installed at Bearwood Park, the new training base of Championship team, Reading FC, along with a fibre sand pitch, fibre sand goalkeeping area and six topsoil based pitches. This work generally included cut and fill earthwork and trimming, gravel drainage layers, lower sand and upper rootzone levels plus the addition of full drainage and irrigation systems and the installation of camera ducting to each pitch.

Rugby has also been an important sport for MJ Abbott this year with a pitch construction project to facilitate a HERO hybrid mat system at Gloucester Rugby’s Kingsholm Stadium, which was laid by County Turf. This involved removing vegetation, cutting and filling existing pitch levels, installing new primary and secondary drainage and adding a new rootzone layer.

MJ Abbott's Successful Year

A renovation project at Paris Saint-Germain’s training ground had the MJ Abbott team making their now regular trip to the French capital whilst projects at Newcastle United FC and Chelsea FC continued MJ Abbott’s continued relationship with both clubs.

All of these projects are only a selection of examples that MJ Abbott completed in 2018. With many more on schedule for the coming year.

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