Rutland-based sprayer specialists Knight Farm Machinery says export trade is booming, with more shipments going abroad than ever before.
The company has notched up more 50 sales to Japan in the past decade. It says it is also securing new orders from Israel and New Zealand, and opening up a fresh market in Belgium.
Japanese orders are for high specification vehicles with a fully equipped Claas cab and rear mounted engine, to which the Japanese spray manufacturer Kuroda adds a centrally located spray tank and front-mounted boom.
“This market has become an extremely important part of our business” says Knight sales manager David Main. The sprayers are used on a wide range of crops including field vegetables.
Knight has also sent its seventh self-propelled sprayer to a major kibbutz operator in Israel, fitted with an air sleeve boom. It is also expanding its presence in New Zealand, with the latest order being for a 2000 series self-propelled model
The company has also delivered two 1800 series self-propelled chassis and spray tanks to a new distributor in Belgium, to which the importer will add their own spray pack. A 2000 series machine is due to be delivered to the country later this year.