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Devon Garden Machinery join the AMS Dealer Network

AMS Robotics begin their expansion into a dealer network starting with Devon Garden Machinery

AMS are pleased to announce that Devon Garden Machinery has taken the leap into the up and coming sector of large-format robotic mowing. Established in 1984, they are a family run business that specialises in turf care machinery.

Based in Torquay, they cover the regions of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset. Devon Garden Machinery supplies a variety of turf equipment suited to their customer’s needs. This can either be for small lawn areas or acres of varied grounds.

They pride themselves on giving their customers specialist and professional advice, in order to ensure they match them with the right equipment needed for their green space.

Furthermore, with the popularity of large format robotic mowing increasing year on year, they are excited to see it go from strength to strength. It is for this reason, they have developed and set up our exclusive dealer network programme.

  AMS Robotics is looking for experienced and professional dealers to carry the Belrobotics products in-store and online.

 If you are: A distributor already active in the selling of robotic mowers and are interested in building their product line and/or an entrepreneur selling lawn care equipment that wishes to diversify and grow their business then 

AMS want to hear from you! This is a great opportunity for turf equipment companies like yourselves to expand into a new market and increase their customer base.

If you are interested in becoming a dealer, please do not hesitate to contact AMS, who would be more than happy to discuss things further.

www.amsrobotics.co.uk  01462 676 222

Reesink Turfcare Ireland Managing Director Richard Harris Retires

Richard Harris, managing director of Reesink Turfcare IRE, has announced his retirement from the company. Richard was instrumental in the development of the Lely, Reesink and Toro brands in Ireland and leaves a career which spans 31 years in the turfcare industry.

Richard started his career in 1974 working with a leading supplier to the petrochemical industry, followed by a move to a major distributor within the electrical industry. He started working with the then Toro distributor for Ireland, J C Distribution, in 1989. 

In 1994 Richard took on the management and development of Lely Ireland (as a sister company of Lely UK) into a combined agriculture and turfcare machinery business. He has played a leading role in helping develop the Toro brand and reputation for quality products that today sees it as a market leader in golf. A past president of the Farm Tractor Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA) in 2014, when the agriculture and turfcare divisions separated within Lely, Richard moved with the turfcare side of the business which then joined the Royal Reesink Group in 2016.

The last few years have seen Richard spearhead considerable investment by the Royal Reesink group in both Toro and other brands (such as Trilo and TYM) in Ireland through their base in Nurney, Co Kildare. Focusing on establishing a stand-alone business, the industry-respected Reesink Turfcare sales team has been together for many years moving along with the company changes. This allowed Richard to focus on building up the customer service, parts and technical support areas to enhance Reesink’s support for Toro and Trilo fine turf and grounds customers in Ireland. Richard hands the business over in a strong state to maintain and build customer satisfaction levels on a par with all Toro European distributor operations.

Roon Hylkema, managing director of Reesink Turfcare BV and a colleague of Richard’s since 1991, says: “Richard and I have worked together for a great many years. We were originally from different companies, I was with Jean Heybroek BV and he was with Lely UK, but we had the Toro brand in common. Then in the last four years when Reesink acquired Lely, as Reesink had acquired Jean Heybroek in 2010, much more closely as we worked together to raise the Reesink profile in Ireland. He’s the type of colleague, employee and friend you’d want in your professional life, honest, straight-forward, loyal and reliable, and he’ll be greatly missed for the contribution he has made to the development of the business in that time and throughout his career.”

Richard says: “During my career I have had the privilege of working with so many great teams of people both within our own companies in Ireland, the UK, The Netherlands and Denmark, as well as within The Toro Company and more recently Vanmac/Trilo. I have shared some great experiences and relationships with many colleagues and contacts within these companies and the turfcare and agricultural machinery industry at large over the years. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working within this industry.

“While looking forward to now having time to focus on other interests, I will certainly miss it all and will keep an eye with interest on the future development of the business and the turfcare industry. While COVID-19 has affected the whole industry and will bring many challenges and changes to the way we do business in the future, I have no doubt that Reesink, Toro and the turfcare industry will bounce back over the next couple of years and grasp the opportunities that will present themselves.” 

 

Club Car Announces Luxury Carts as New Middle East Distribution Partner

Club Car is set to expand its influence in the Middle East after agreeing a landmark new deal with distribution partner Luxury Carts.

The world’s largest manufacturer of small-wheel electric vehicles, Club Car is already a leader in the United Arab Emirates market and the preferred brand of numerous prestigious golf venues including The Address Montgomerie, Abu Dhabi Golf Club and Saadiyat Beach Golf Club. It also supplies the world-famous Atlantis, The Palm resort in Dubai.

From today, Club Car’s diverse range of high-quality, reliable vehicles will be supplied by Luxury Carts, a pioneer in Saudi Arabia and the UAE with a strong client base and an outstanding reputation built over the past 12 years.

Marco Natale, Club Car Vice President, EMEA, said: “This is a very exciting move for Club Car and the start of a new era. We have enjoyed great success in the Middle East over the last 25 years, building a legacy which we can use as a springboard for further growth in the region and to reach new markets.

“This year has been a strange one and there is still a lot of uncertainty, but it has also provided the opportunity for a fresh start; to assess the excellent progress made so far and to look at how we can evolve and continue to offer the very best value to our customers.

“We recognise that some businesses will be booming and some will be struggling currently, and in this situation Luxury Carts is the best partner we could possibly have. The partnership brings together the perfect blend of resources to help everyone. 

“We look forward to beginning this new chapter in Club Car’s Middle East presence and to a long, fruitful relationship with Luxury Carts.”

Club Car had identified the Middle East as a region in which to accelerate growth, particularly Saudi Arabia with its Vision 2030 project to diversify its economy by developing public service sectors such as recreation and tourism and reducing its dependency on oil.

In Luxury Carts it has partnered with the strongest golf car operator in the Middle East, which not only has solid financial stability but is already well known to existing Club Car customers.

Nathan Williamson, Group Executive Director for Luxury Carts, said: “We are delighted to announce our partnership with Club Car. It is a fantastic opportunity for Luxury Carts Group and aligns with the growth strategy we have in place. 

“We have the infrastructure to provide the level of service and support a brand like Club Car requires and we are looking forward to a long and successful business relationship for many years to come.” 

For more information on Club Car visit: www.clubcar.com

For more information on Luxury Carts visit: www.luxurycartsgroup.com

Walton Heath Golf Club Invests £1 Million In Toro Fleet Deal 

Walton Heath Golf Club has had Toro machinery in its fleet of greenkeeping machinery for decades, but after seeing the benefits a Toro package deal would bring to the course and its members, the club signed its first five-year agreement with the brand. 

With its Old Course having ranked in world top 100 lists every year since the inception of the rankings in 1938, Walton Heath Golf Club knows a little something about consistently providing excellence. This is part of the reason they opted for a Toro fleet deal, as club chairman Dr Alastair Wells explains: 

“Having a fully modern fleet means we can maintain the courses to a very high standard,” he says. “For example, the uniformity of cut and reliability are always going to be better with new Toro machines, plus there are financial benefits. With a package deal we can retain cash as the cost is spread out over five years, which was one reason why we made the switch from buying machines on an annual basis.”

“With such a large investment to consider, the decision to go with Toro wasn’t made lightly as we wanted to provide our highly valued course manager Michael Mann and his team the best possible equipment. We had machinery demonstrations from a number of leading brands, however it became clear that Toro was the way to go. Toro and Reesink Turfcare are such reputable companies for one but added to that is the fact that Toro equipment is first class.”

The comprehensive fleet deal includes four Toro Greensmaster TriFlex Hybrid 3420s, two Groundsmaster 4700-Ds, four Reelmaster 6700-Ds and a further two Multi Pro 5800-Ds, three Workman HDXs and one Workman MDX. 

“Toro really suits the terrain here,” continues Dr Wells. “We’ve been happy with the service from Reesink and Toro before, so it made sense to invest in a brand we know and trust.”

With the new deal spearheaded by course manager Michael Mann, this significant investment in Toro is only one part of the club’s efforts to improve and develop the course. 

“The two courses here at Walton Heath are highly regarded across the country, in part due to the great tournament history they have, but also because of our continuous efforts to make improvements,” continues Dr Wells. “Since 2000, nine hectares of pure heath land have been restored and more recently we’ve brought in architects Mackenzie and Ebert to review both the Old and New course. This new agreement with Toro and Reesink is just the start of further development in the club, which we believe will see improved results.” 

Reesink’s Jon Cole, branch manager - South East, adds: “We are delighted to have cemented our long-term relationship with Walton Heath Golf Club following the club’s due diligence process. Our local representative, Mike Taylor, supported by the Reesink South East team engaged in a busy evaluation process with Michael Mann and his team at Walton Heath. So after the hard work put into the selection process, we are immensely pleased to have the club reconfirm their confidence in us and the Toro brand.”