Fliegl, the firm best known in the UK as a muck and slurry equipment and push-off trailer specialist, has announced it is to establish a UK HQ which will also serve as a design and assembly operation, as it seeks to gain a share of the conventional monocoque tipper market here.
Until now, the firm has backed a small group of UK dealers via direct support from its Fliegl Agrartechnik farm equipment factory in Germany. The company’s commercial director, Jose Viedma, has revealed Fliegl plans to expand its dealer numbers, and open a premises in Boston, Lincs, to serve not only as a headquarters and service and parts base, but also become a product research, component manufacturing and assembly operation.
He said: “With UK weight limits having increased and tractors travelling further and faster, we believe now is the right time to enter the market with a product not only designed with UK farmers in mind, but that also makes extensive use of aluminium to maximise lightness, strength and payload.
“It costs at least €2,000 (£1,440) to send a tipping trailer to the UK, and one of the aims of our new operation is to help overcome this by combining components from our Germany plant with parts made on the new UK premises.”
To begin with, Fliegl plans to focus on high-capacity conventional monocoque tipping trailers up to 16 tonnes, said Mr Viedma.
“That’s a market of around 8,000 units annually in the UK, and we’re targeting 3-5 per cent of that in the next few years. We recognise that European trailer design is often too high and too short for many UK operations, and these trailers will be designed with UK farmers in mind. Along with components from our German factories, they will make use of materials from local suppliers.
“But further on we will also be looking to manufacture components for and assemble manure spreaders at the Boston facility, as well as woodchip machinery, for which we see a strong future as the biomass energy sector grows. We’re committed to becoming a recognised name here in agriculture and associated industries.”
The Fliegl UK operation will make its national debut at the Royal Highland Show in June, and the firm expects shortly to make new dealer announcements.
Meanwhile, at an event held at its agricultural machinery factory in Mühldorf to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the company, Fliegl recently revealed a number of new products and updates to its various ranges of farm equipment. Among them is an innovative new bale trailer, designed to eliminate the need for ropes or straps for securing the load.
The triple-axle DPW 210 BL Profi features large top-hinged side gates at either side that are hydraulically lowered into place to retain the bales in place. They can be operated individually, and can be opened to a height of up to 5.0 metres. The locking width can be selected individually from 2.5 to 2.95m, depending on the format of the bales.Google+