Machine sales rise with woodchip export increase
AUSTRALIA’S WOODCHIP production boost has also meant a boost in business for the “big iron” side of the business.
One of the major manufacturers, Komatsu Forest (and its Peterson distributorship) have been heavily involved in the industry transition.
Back in 2011 Komatsu Forest was awarded the Peterson franchise for Australia and New Zealand. This included, in- field chippers, grinders, and blower trailers.
“The past six years in Australia has seen a significant increase in sales of blue gum woodchips for the export market, and this increase has resulted in us delivering 50 Peterson products in the same period,” said Brenton Yon, National Sales Manager, Komatsu Forest and Peterson.
“These machines have included 33 In-Field chippers, 16 Grinders plus a Blower Trailer,” Brenton said.
“To get a comparison on the scale of increase the woodchip exports have created, in the years 2000 to 2011, a total 25 Peterson products were delivered,” he added.
“To put a lighter side to this when we took on the franchise I made a deal with Mal Windrim (the Peterson Asia Pacific manager), that when we sold 50 units I would go on a camping and fishing trip with him. I had never done either and my idea of camping is staying in a four star motel or something equivalent. The fishing is another story as being patient is not really something that I am very good at.
“I was very confident at the time that I would never have to honour the bet, based on the previous 11 year’s sales history and my age.
“I now find that I am going camping much to the delight of many of the Peterson owners and my work colleagues.
“We are delighted to represent Peterson, which has become a very important part of our business. The current trend in the woodchip business looks as if it will continue as we already have several orders in hand for delivery over the next six months,” Brenton said.