J Riley Beet Harvesters has announced that it expanding its slurry portfolio with a series of complementary machines to the Vervaet range. Additional product lines from Bomech, Vogelsang, Kumm-Technik, TBL and Evers will be available, with a new sales director for slurry equipment and a sub-depot being opened near Shrewsbury.
“With this new line-up we are offering the best products on the market from premium-quality manufacturers backed-up by Rileys’ first-class after-sales support,” explained managing director Matt Carse. “We have historically sold our self-propelled machines complete with an applicator, so this development is the logical progression to expand and secure this part of the business. We wanted to supply our customers with the best equipment on the market to transport, handle and apply slurry and digestate.”
Dutch manufacturer Bomech has more than 25 years of experience developing trailing shoe applicators and offers a comprehensive range from 7m in width up to 30m, suitable for mounting on tankers, self-propelled machines and directly onto the tractor linkage. There is also the TBL range of disc injectors, available in widths from 9m to 15m.
Rileys will also take on the primary dealership role for Vogelsang, handling sales of boom applicators from 12m and above.
Evers Agro makes a range of equipment including the Vari-Disc short disc harrow, as well as slurry application tools such as cultivator, disc harrow and strip-till injectors, all of which will be marketed by J Riley.
The company will also offer a range of twin and tri-axle tankers from Kumm-Technik, available in sizes from 16,500 litres up to 31,000 litres, as well as a series of roadgoing transport tankers.
Newly appointed sales director Sion Williams has considerable experience in slurry handling and application machinery, having previously handled UK sales for Vogelsang, and is already very well-known in this sector.
“I’ve been involved in the slurry machinery industry for over 25 years,” he said. “Having dealt with Rileys quite extensively, joining the company has seemed like a natural progression, and with the wider product portfolio, I think there’s considerable opportunity for growth. I’m looking forward to expanding and developing the successful slurry side of the business.”
J Riley has also appointed Richard Sockett, also previously of Vogelsang UK, who brings specialist technical knowledge and will offer service and backup from the Shrewsbury depot.
“Large or small, we can offer everything from a standard trailed tanker with a 7.5m trailing shoe applicator to a self-propelled machine with a top-of-the-range 36m dribble bar,” added Mr Williams. “There is also the option of used and factory refurbished machines. This extensive lineup allows us to cater for everyone from the family-run dairy farm looking to improve their slurry management through to the largest contractor servicing multiple AD plants.”
“Good people are extremely important to our business, and Sion and Richard bring a wealth of experience and product knowledge with them,” explained Mr Carse. “Their addition bolsters our existing highly capable team, and makes us the go-to company for all slurry machinery. Nevertheless, we remain well-known for sugar beet harvesters and these will always be incredibly important to Rileys, in fact they are part of the company DNA. But these additions of experienced staff will ensure that we can continue to offer excellent service to our customers for both product lines, securing the company’s longevity, whilst also taking advantage of this great opportunity to strengthen and grow the slurry side of the business.”
Jonathan Hoekman, commercial director at manufacturer Frans Vervaet B.V., echoed Matt’s sentiments. “We’ve had an excellent year for beet harvester sales in the UK and seen rapid growth of the Quad and Trike market. To support this expansion, whilst maintaining the level of service we offer, Matt has seized the exciting opportunity to welcome experienced staff in Sion and Richard. This is an extremely strategic move for Vervaet and Rileys in the UK market, allowing us to increase sales of slurry machinery whilst also letting Matt focus 100% of his time on the beet harvester market.”
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