New era for LAMMA '19
The annual LAMMA (Lincolnshire Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Association) machinery show will open its doors at the NEC (National Event Centre), the shows first time ever to be held under cover

The annual Lincolnshire Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Association (LAMMA) machinery show will open its doors at the National Event Centre (NEC) in January 2019. It will be the first time the shows has been held under cover in its history.

The NEC is located close to Birmingham airport. The move will deliver a whole new experience for visitors, with 92% of stand space sold. The 11 halls at the NEC are set to host more than 700 exhibitors, reaffirming LAMMA’s unique position as a major diary event for dairy, livestock and arable farmers, and contractors.

Group events director at LAMMA owner AgriBriefing Ltd Elisabeth Mork-Eidem said: “The new venue provides a professional, comfortable, indoor venue that is appropriate for this key event in the agricultural calendar.”

Innovation

The LAMMA Innovation Awards will be relaunched at the NEC. This competition champions agricultural machinery, equipment and services innovations, with the medal winners announced in a number of days time.

The first LAMMA show at the NEC will take place on Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 January 2019. Entry is free but you must register online. Doors open from 8.30am to 5.30pm on Tuesday and 8.30am to 4.30pm on Wednesday.

Continued growth for Lemken
German farm implement manufacturer Lemken has seen an increase in both turnover and employment figures for 2018 despite difficult conditions.

German farm implement manufacturer Lemken saw an increase in both turnover and employment figures for 2018, despite difficult conditions.

Its total turnover of €380m corresponded to a growth rate of 6%, while exports outside of Germany remained at an unchanged 77%.

According to Lemken, the dry conditions of 2018 saw order numbers decrease.

Russia took title of second-largest export market, although not meeting its full expectations

Anthony van der Ley, managing director, noted that the turbulent weather had a massive impact on the company’s schedules and planning, leaving suppliers under pressure.

Germany remains the tillage equipment manufacturer’s strongest market, while France, Spain and Italy generated top sales figures for Lemken.

Russia took title of second-largest export market, although not meeting its full expectations.

Lemkens’s Indian production site, in its sixth year, saw a noticeable increase in its two- to three-furrow plough sales.

Overall, Lemken’s plough and disc harrow sector achieved positive growth.

Lemken has invested €8.5m in factory expansion and modernisation, improving factory logistics in particular.

2018 not only saw an increase in turnover, but likewise in staff growth employing an additional 165 people, raising the brand’s total employment figure to 1,635 people.

According to the German manufacturer, the year ahead looks positive, with order numbers on track so far.

Komatsu WA100M-8 wheel loader hits Irish market
Komatsu has recently launched its latest version WA100M-8 compact wheel loader on the Irish market. Peter Thomas Keaveney reports.

Komatsu recently launched its latest WA100M-8 compact wheel loader on the Irish market.

The wheel loader is powered by a 94hp (70 kW) common rail direct injection EU Stage IV engine. It has an operating weight of 7,200kg. The higher-specification high-flow optional version has a maximum flow rate of 120l/min at 210 bar.

Komatsu WA100M-8 wheel loader hits Irish market

The new loader is equipped with a fully automatic hydrostatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels. The machine has an increased travel speed of up to 40km/h.

The 40km/h transmission has three speed ranges: creep 0-10km/h, 0-15km/h and 0-40km/h. It also comes with an electronic controlled suspension system as an optional extra. The loader is sitting on planetary rigid axles with automatic limited slip differentials in both axles, with 100% locking differentials as an option. It has a 110l fuel tank.

Samco adds Trimble GPS option
Samco has recently added the Trimble GPS as an option to its maize planter. Peter Thomas Keaveney reports.

The well-known Samco System was first developed in 1996.

The company developed a maize drill to sow seed, lay degradable film over the seedbed and spray pre-emergence herbicide to control weed growth, all in one pass.

The Samco machine comes in two working widths, either as 3.2m or 4.6m. The narrower model comes with two sections, while the wider version has three sections.

The sprayer has an output of 250l per hectare with the spray pressure controlled by the forward speed of the machine.

Up to now Samco, has been using the Spray Lite System on its sprayer, manufactured by the German Müller Corporation.

Now, the system is available with the Trimble GPS pressure system installed, controlling sprayer output in relation to forward speed, guiding the driver through a visual guidance in-cab monitor.

This will help to ensure accurate herbicide placement and better field coverage.