From this November, Lemken (headquartered in Germany) will offer fertiliser spreaders built by Sulky (headquartered in France) in its own, blue design.
The (fertiliser spreader) line-up comprises three series with a total of five models; Lemken’s distributors/dealers will sell these in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Benelux countries, Poland, the UK and – of most relevance to us – Ireland.
The three series – namely Spica, Tauri and Polaris – come with hopper capacities from 900L to 4,000L and a “broad range of control options – from a basic version through to 100% ISOBUS”.
Both companies say that they are “aiming for a strong partnership”. For example, the deal gives Lemken access to a “new product segment”. It enables Sulky to “reliably use its production facilities”.
Sulky, like Lemken, is a family-owned business. Both claim to share the same values and goals.
It’s worth noting that Lemken’s turnover amounted to €380 million in 2018 – up 6% on the previous year. The proportion of turnover accounted for by exports was 77%.
After six years, it says that its production facility in India has become “quite successful”. In 2018, there was a “noticeable increase” in sales of two and three-furrow ploughs there.
Meanwhile, Russia is now Lemken’s second-largest export market. However, targets were not met there in 2018.