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