Pon­sse hands over its 12,000th for­est ma­chine

Australian Forests and Timber - - HARVESTERS -

FE­BRU­ARY 21 was a mile­stone day for Pon­sse. It was on that day that the 12,000th Pon­sse for­est ma­chine was handed over to the cus­tomer at Pon­sse’s Vieremä fac­tory. The Pon­sse Scor­pi­onKing was re­ceived by a French fam­ily com­pany called Sarl NC Bois from Trémilly.

“We have co-op­er­ated with NC Bois for a decade and I am very glad to be cel­e­brat­ing the 12,000th for­est ma­chine with our French cus­tomer. Last year was our best year of op­er­a­tions in France of all times, and our mar­ket share in France has de­vel­oped pos­i­tively. Fur­ther­more, this mile­stone is for us as a Fin­nish com­pany a great be­gin­ning to Finland’s cen­ten­nial year,” said Jarmo Vid­grén, Pon­sse’s sales and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor.

At the mo­ment, a new Pon­sse ser­vice cen­tre, which will be opened in the spring, is be­ing built in Labouheyre in south­ern France. The ser­vice cen­tre is a part of this year’s large in­vest­ments in the ser­vice network and de­vel­op­ment and ex­pan­sion of the pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties. This year, new ser­vice cen­tres will be com­pleted in Pon­sse’s sub­sidiaries in the UK, Uruguay and France.

In France, Pon­sse has three of its own ser­vice cen­tres and some au­tho­rised ser­vice part­ners. The sub­sidiary Pon­ssé S.A.S. has been re­spon­si­ble for Pon­sse’s op­er­a­tions in France since 1996.

Sarl NC Bois is a har­vest­ing com­pany es­tab­lished by two broth­ers, Ni­co­las and Mick­ael Cuny. The com­pany started op­er­at­ing in 2007 with a used Pon­sse HS16 har­vester. In 2008, the broth­ers’ fa­ther Claude Cuny joined in the busi­ness, and the fol­low­ing year, even a third brother, Billy Cuny, joined in. On an an­nual ba­sis, Sarl NC Bois har­vests and buys 50,000m³ of wood with net sales of over €2 mil­lion.

“Be­ing a fam­ily com­pany is an im­por­tant as­set for us,” Ni­co­las and Michael Cuny say.

The com­pany can be de­scribed as a pi­o­neer in ma­chine ac­qui­si­tions in France. In 2009, the com­pany ac­quired the first eight-wheel Ergo in France, and the Pon­sse Scor­pi­onKing har­vester ac­quired in 2014 was one of the first in France. At the mo­ment, NC Bois is log­ging with 10 Pon­sse ma­chines.

In to­tal, Pon­sse has man­u­fac­tured about 450 Pon­sse Scor­pion har­vesters that came into pro­duc­tion in 2014, and has de­liv­ered ma­chines into 20 coun­tries.

Ev­ery­one marks the mile­stone at Pon­sse’s Vieremä fac­tory.

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