Amazone has purchased a new Training, Education and Research Centre at Finningley, north east of Bawtry and just 8 miles from their main base.
The 12 ha site currently comprises of a range of buildings that includes a Visitor Centre with training room alongside two indoor halls for practical machine operation. With the first courses held at the facility in early March, the training and education centre first course was a dealer event where over 100 dealer staff got up to speed with ISOBUS tractor/machine communication.
Outside, and after its initial landscaping process, some of the land has been drilled with a crop of spring barley whereas a further area will form the backbone of trial plots, a field proving ground and practical training area. This will be used to school farm operators in the use of seed and precision drills as well as self-propelled sprayers. An ISO sprayer bump track is planned for sprayer boom performance testing and demonstration.
The facility also offers the chance to demonstrate the full range of kit across 12 months of the year giving farmers and growers the chance to come and use the machines for themselves at a time of year when they have time to think about upcoming purchases.
The premises were unveiled by Steve Clark (head of training) and Simon Brown (research and development) alongside Adrian Winnett, managing director of Amazone Ltd. At the opening, Adrian Winnett explained the rationale behind this substantial investment, ‘The British market is one of the most technically advanced in the world and our farmers look to utilise these new technologies to keep ahead of the game. It is our duty as machinery manufacturers to make sure we understand our customer’s needs, that those growers then subsequently get the best out of that technology and that our dealers are fully trained in supporting the kit. Orchard Farm provides the facilities for all those aspects.’
Christian Dreyer, managing partner Amazonen-Werke, speaking about the investment underlined his family’s worldwide commitment to training and education, ‘Orchard Farm is just one of many factory-owned regional centres which focus on supporting the local farming community that have already been commissioned or that we are in the process of developing across the world. With similar set-ups already now in Germany, France, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and China, we are slowly putting in place the infrastructure needed to keep our customers up to speed with the use and support of this ever-increasingly technical machinery range and, above-all, more and more electronics.’
As with the Active Centre in Harworth, Amazone would welcome the use of these facilities by any groups of farmers or associated industries and students so if you are interested get in touch with them.