Canadian manufacturer invests in UK agriculture
3rd May 2021
Canada’s leading wearing parts manufacturer, Bourgault Tillage Tools, has set up a subsidiary business, BTT UK Ltd, based in Peterborough.
Bourgault Tillage Tools is not new to UK agriculture, as British farmers have purchased its products for many years. However, having a UK operation takes the offering of the complete range of Bourgault Tillage Tools to a whole new level, explains Ian Clayton-Bailey, managing director of BTT UK.
Having a business and site in the UK offers many benefits to UK farmers, Bourgault Tillage Tools says. One significant advantage is a comprehensive stock holding in the UK to be available where and when it is needed. This ensures a prompt and cost-effective supply of products seven days a week at peak operating times.
The company recognised that wearing parts located in Canada or crossing the Atlantic is not ideal when a UK customer needs the product, and workflow timings and weather windows are a significant factor in having a successful drilling period.
Bourgault Tillage Tools has been delivering quality, innovative ground engaging tools to the agriculture sector worldwide for 30 years, and its founder, Joseph Bourgault, still owns the company. Its longevity and success are down to a few key elements, says Ryan Olson, the firm’s general manager in Canada: “People, innovation, quality, and focusing on what is important for the farmer.”
UK farmers may know Bourgault Tillage Tools because of the VOS (Versatile Opener System) seeding products that are becoming very popular with min- and no-till operations and the quick-change Speed-Loc system as used by various OEMs.
Many other Bourgault Tillage Tool products will become available through BTT UK, including a wide range of parts containing its MAX LIFE Carbide-infused technology; Forges de Niaux Disc blades; and Industriehof’s Extreme Carbide Line. This model will be tailored to the UK market and aims to simplify the farmer’s experience by creating a ‘one-stop-shop’ of wear parts that fit multiple machines across the farm. It also ensures that the farmer has the best possible information from the BTT UK team to make the right decision for their unique farming operation.
Additionally, if a solution to a recurring issue does not exist, the UK team has a direct connection to multiple Research and Development teams working in Canada, France and Germany to support them.
Stuart Aldworth, Bourgault Tillage Tools UK and European technical manager, has worked in the agricultural service industry since 1980 and has seen many changes in agricultural practices. “Working at BTT UK is fascinating and very fulfilling. Being able to directly help UK farmers and contractors to get the most out of their machines whilst permanently looking to the future for new or better ways of working means there is never a dull moment.
“Knowing that we in the UK have a huge research and development team in Saskatchewan, Canada to work with, ensures the UK farmer and contractor is in safe hands going forward into what is a challenging future.”
The full range of innovative wearing parts available from BTT UK can be seen at the following events and the technical team will be on hand and waiting to discuss all the available options:
- Groundswell – 23rd & 24th June 2021 – groundswellag.com
- Cereals – 30th June – 1st July 2021 – cerealsevent.co.uk
- Tillage Live – 16th September 2021 – tillage-live.com
- Midland Machinery Show – 9th & 10th November 2021 – midlandsmachineryshow.com
- CropTec Show – 24th & 25th November 2021 – croptecshow.com
- LAMMA Show – 11th & 12th January 2022 – lammashow.com
- Alternatively, at bttuk.comor at the Peterborough site by appointment.