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Abbey Machinery to invest in new Irish production plant

Abbey Machinery, based in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, claims to be one of Irelands longest establish machinery manufacturers, has today announced plans to build a new head office and production plant at a green field site in Toomevara, Co. Tipperary, just 6 miles from its current production base.


As with many famous machinery manufacturers, Abbeys roots are as a blacksmith business; the Cavanagh family has been manufacturing agricultural equipment in the region from the 1800s. In 1947 the current Abbey Machinery was formed and in recent times has developed a trusted reputation as experts in the manufacture of cattle feeding and slurry management equipment, explains the company. The first site for Abbeys production was in Abbey Lane, Nenagh where it concentrated on producing harrows, trailers and buck-rakes. As the business and the product line developed, a move to the current site took place in 1977. Over the following years the company purchased adjacent property and with significant expansion through new product development and growing markets, soon every available space of the current 80,000 square feet production site was filled.


It was a long and considered decision to build a new factory, said Abbey Machinery managing director Clodagh Cavanagh. We, at Abbey, believe that there is a long term future in agriculture and we aim to be at the forefront of it. We are planning our response to the future machinery needs of farmers with high performance machines that incorporate engineering excellence combined with the best that evolving modern technology can offer, to bring farmers to achieve new levels of efficiency. The new site will allow us to invest and develop a Centre of Excellence in engineering, using the best production techniques to manufacture world class agricultural machines for global markets.


We are starting work immediately on the building, director Owen Cavanagh said, and the plan is to have the work completed in 10 to 12 months. The building will provide several production lines including enhanced laser and plasma cutting facilities, automated robotic welding and a new paint plant. The spare parts department has been enhanced to provide increased levels of service to our growing global customer base. The transition to the new manufacturing plant will be gradual. We have plans to transfer tooling and jigs from the current production lines in a staged process, maximizing the seasonality of our business so our customers will not be affected during this period, he said.


New product development, replied Clodagh Cavanagh, to the question of; What excites you most about the new site? Within the new site we will have a dedicated product design facility where we can complete all our research and development. Technology is a great driver for future developments not only for state of the art production processes but with the common use of smart phones and the internet we see more interactive web supported products for our customers.


The 30-acre site will allow us flexibility with machine testing and evaluation; it will enable us to achieve our Centre of Excellence goal. This will all bring great rewards for Abbey Machinery and our customers alike, building on the trust that generations of farmers have placed in Abbey Machinery products.


Clodagh Cavanagh added The new site will also provide us with enhanced facilities to host visits from both our local and international customers alike, to share our knowledge and passion of farming equipment; we look forward to our first visitors.


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