En­sign range of grap­ples and log forks a huge suc­cess in Aus­tralian mar­ket

Australian Forests and Timber - - IN THE NEWS -

GB FORESTRY has hit the ground run­ning after launch­ing the En­sign Grap­ple and Log Fork range at AUSTim­ber2016 ear­lier this year. GB Forestry has had quite a num­ber of En­sign at­tach­ment sales al­ready right across the range from the new .36 square me­tre for­warder grap­ple up to some of the largest ca­pac­ity log forks able to han­dle full truck and trailer and bunk loads of logs in one grab.

Pic­tured are Matt Gre­gory and Grant Hoff­man (both from Hoff­man For­est Har­vest­ing) with an En­sign Fixed Top 1570 Ro­tat­ing Log Grap­ple sup­plied to HFH in Port­land for their CAT 320. Matt says he is re­ally im­pressed with the per­for­mance of their En­sign grap­ple and has been equally pleased with the back-up sup­port of­fered by GB Forestry. Matt has no hes­i­ta­tion in highly rec­om­mend­ing En­sign grap­ples to any­one look­ing for a new grab.

Michael Kennedy, GB Forestry Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, says the re­sponse to GB’s ap­point­ment as En­sign’s sole Aus­tralian agent has been ex­tremely pos­i­tive. “The En­sign brand is well known as a leader in the man­u­fac­ture of qual­ity log han­dling at­tach­ments, so be­ing able to of­fer spare parts lo­cally has been an added at­trac­tion to po­ten­tial cus­tomers.

“An­other key ben­e­fit is that GB of­fers ex­pe­ri­enced back-up sup­port through its tal­ented sales and sup­port team, in par­tic­u­lar Ferdy Cabai who has been in­volved in the forestry in­dus­try all of his work­ing life. Not only has Ferdy been op­er­at­ing har­vesters, for­warders, skid­ders and doz­ers but as a diesel me­chanic he has also been re­spon­si­ble for the gen­eral main­te­nance and re­pairs of forestry equip­ment. Ferdy spends most of his time on the road and out in the field ser­vic­ing GB’s har­vester cus­tomers and pro­mot­ing the En­sign range. Ferdy is pic­tured de­liv­er­ing Jamie Law of Rib­bon­wood Har­vest­ing one of GB’s patented 15 tooth nose sprocket har­vester bars.

“Boost­ing the sup­port team for Tas­ma­nian cus­tomers is the re­cent ap­point­ment by GB Forestry of Quentin and Sa­man­tha Bradley (Q & S Field Ser­vices) as the ex­clu­sive GB Forestry & En­sign Grap­ple agents for Tas­ma­nia. Quentin has 17 years ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in the for­est in­dus­try with six of those op­er­at­ing har­vesters, the last 11 years has been on the re­pair, main­te­nance, de­sign and re­build­ing of forestry equip­ment,” says Michael.

“The ben­e­fit to Tas­ma­nian cus­tomers will be enor­mous with gen­er­ous stock lev­els of GB Forestry and En­sign parts now stocked at their Burnie base en­abling next day de­liv­ery any­where in the state. In the next cou­ple of months a new, larger shed will be built al­low­ing Q & S Field Ser­vices to keep some of the pop­u­lar En­sign Grap­ple sizes in stock for Tas­ma­nian cus­tomers,” he said.

This month marks the five year an­niver­sary of Michael Kennedy pur­chas­ing GB’s Aus­tralian and New Zealand busi­ness. Michael’s on­go­ing com­mit­ment to the man­u­fac­ture of har­vester bars here in Aus­tralia re­mains as strong as ever with con­tin­ual in­vest­ment in his man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity based in Der­rimut, Vic­to­ria. Michael says he’s de­lighted to be able to carry on GB’s 55+ year his­tory of man­u­fac­tur­ing guide bars in Aus­tralia, and in do­ing so cus­tomers can be as­sured that they are re­ceiv­ing the best qual­ity har­vester bars in the world.

Qual­ity and backup sup­port has been the key to re­build­ing the GB brand in Aus­tralia since tak­ing over in 2011. The qual­ity con­trol pro­ce­dures put in place at the new GB fac­tory are world’s best stan­dard and the tal­ented team of GB backup sup­port staff go out of their way to en­sure cus­tomers are well taken care of. After four years of hard work by all GB staff, and re­al­is­ing the har­vester bar man­u­fac­tur­ing side of the busi­ness was es­tab­lished and steady; Michael looked to ex­pand the busi­ness in other ar­eas.

Hav­ing al­ready dealt with the En­sign man­u­fac­turer, En­gi­neer­ing Ser­vices Ro­torua Ltd as GB’s sole dis­trib­u­tor in New Zealand for three years, Michael ap­proached owner David Cox about be­com­ing the En­sign agent for Aus­tralia.

After a visit by Michael to the En­sign de­sign and man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity in Ro­torua, New Zealand, it was clear that En­sign and GB Forestry shared the same phi­los­o­phy of qual­ity prod­ucts and backup sup­port. An agree­ment was struck be­tween GB Forestry and En­sign which sees two com­pa­nies who share a sim­i­lar vi­sion be­come the sole agent and dis­trib­u­tor for each other’s man­u­fac­tured prod­ucts in their re­spec­tive ter­ri­to­ries. It’s a re­cip­ro­cal agree­ment equally ben­e­fit­ing both com­pa­nies but more im­por­tantly of­fer­ing sig­nif­i­cant ad­van­tages to the cus­tomers of both com­pa­nies.

■ Matt Gre­gory and Grant Hoff­man with their En­sign Fixed Top 1570 Log Grap­ple.

■ Jamie Law of Rib­bon­wood Har­vest­ing and GB’s Ferdy Cabai.

■ Quentin & Sa­man­tha Bradley GB Forestry Tas­ma­nia.

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