Grow­ing El­tec in New Zealand .... and Aus­tralia

New Zealand Logger - - Iron Test -

TO MAKE A SUC­CESS OF EL­TEC IN THIS mar­ket will re­quire good back-up and sup­port. That’s a given, says Jonny Edwards, of joint El­tec dis­trib­u­tor, Shaw’s Wire Ropes. The Cam­bridge­based com­pany is al­ready well ad­vanced in set­ting up a sales and ser­vice net­work ahead of the ar­rival of the first cus­tomer ma­chines.

“Be­cause we deal with log­gers all day long we’ll pro­mote it un­der the Shaw’s um­brella, it won’t be a stand-alone op­er­a­tion,” he says.

“Ser­vice will mostly be han­dled in house – we have three good me­chan­ics on board al­ready, one in Cam­bridge, one in Ro­torua and one in Gis­borne – Steven (Stokes) will look af­ter North­land.

“We’ll progress into other ar­eas as the need arises. Baby steps first. We’re mak­ing sure we’ve got all the back-up right and parts in store – a few parts are here al­ready and more on or­der, but a lot of stuff we can source lo­cally any­way, from the en­gine, to pumps etc.”

Aus­tralia is also on the radar, af­ter El­tec ap­pointed Shaw’s and Steven Stokes joint dis­trib­u­tors for that mar­ket and a Vic­to­rian com­pany is in line to han­dle sales and ser­vice.

El­tec says it plans to ex­pand its pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity in Que­bec to sup­port the ad­di­tional sales from New Zealand and Aus­tralia.

Cur­rently it is ship­ping out one new ma­chine per month to our mar­ket, but this will rise to meet de­mand in the fu­ture.

An­tic­i­pa­tion is also build­ing for the re­lease of the first lev­el­ling cabs, which have been un­der de­vel­op­ment by El­tec for the past three years.

“We’ve seen the lev­el­ling ta­ble and the engi­neer­ing is top notch,” says Steven.

“It uses heav­ier gauge steel, big­ger rams and the de­sign is awe­some. It’s re­ally go­ing to turn heads when it comes in, the way they’ve routed the hoses and it’s got a lot more ground clear­ance than any­thing else. When you look un­der the ma­chine ev­ery­thing is flush and it has good cen­tral greas­ing points.”

The first lev­eller is ex­pected to ar­rive in early 2019 and one of the tar­gets is to pro­duce a 38-tonne lev­el­ling ma­chine to go on a winch as­sist sys­tem.

Mean­while, the first cus­tomer El­tec has just landed in New Zealand, bound for Waikato’s Fast Har­vest­ing. It’s a 277 loader with a grap­ple, large lift rams and a sim­i­lar cab and 400 mm riser to the Stokes Log­ging 417 and will be used for load­ing and shov­el­ling.

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