Argo Tractors – manufacturer of Landini and McCormick products – has appointed AgriArgo UK, its distributor in Great Britain, to also handle whole-goods and parts distribution throughout Ireland.
The appointment results from a mutual agreement between Argo Tractors, D&S Machinery in Dublin and H Fulton Tractors, Dungiven to bring former distribution arrangements to an end.
D&S Machinery Ltd became the Landini importer for all Ireland in 1991 and in 2001 was appointed to also handle the McCormick range shortly after Argo Tractors reintroduced the iconic brand.
H Fulton Tractors Ltd was awarded the McCormick agency for selected counties across the north of Ireland in April 2016 and continues under the new arrangement as a retail dealer.
AgriArgo UK is based at Harworth in South Yorkshire, northern England, close to Doncaster, the former home of the McCormick brand.
The company has appointed Will Doyle, who has an established track record in tractor sales and distribution, as area sales manager for Ireland.
AgriArgo UK has begun supporting Irish dealers and end users by supplying parts from the £3 million-worth (approximately €3.5 million) of stock held at its Harworth premises. All new tractor orders for the Irish market are also now being handled by the company.
Ray Spinks, general manager and sales director, acknowledged the support provided by the former distributors: “Having decided to pursue other business opportunities, Michael Devane and his fellow directors at D&S Machinery have done everything possible to ensure a smooth hand-over.
“That gave us time to put in the resources needed to ensure the professional support we give our dealers in Great Britain is available to dealerships in Ireland.
“This is a great opportunity for Irish dealers to get fully behind the Landini and McCormick products and capitalise on the business resources available from AgriArgo UK and our partners, such as stocking plans, retail finance and favourable terms for demonstrator tractors.
“We look forward to hearing from any and all dealers who see the potential for Landini and McCormick tractor sales in their area.”