DOE SHOW 2013 Report
There was plenty to see and discuss at the 53rd Doe Show which was held on Tuesday 5th to Thursday 7th February 2013 at the headquarters of Ernest Doe in Ulting, Maldon, Essex. The New Holland stand had a ‘World Class’ focus. In the centre of the stand was a bronze T7.270 which has been specially prepared by New Holland to celebrate the manufacturing achievements that the Basildon plant recorded in the past 12 months. The plant won ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ award from Manufacturing magazine and was also awarded the Fiat global group’s coveted Bronze World Class Manufacturing title. This was the first time that the tractor had been on view outside of the visitor centre at Basildon.
On the showground there was a stand for each of the manufacturers that Ernest Doe represents. Amongst the new machinery was a Maschio Manta maize drill which is newly introduced to the UK and a range of smaller hedgecutters from Shelbourne Reynolds in the shape of the 350, 450 and 550.
Living up to its billing as ‘the UK’s largest agricultural, construction and groundcare dealer show’ this year’s event had the usual mixture of new machinery, working demonstrations and plenty of good bargains in the shop-soiled and used equipment sections.
Out in the field, a selection of New Holland tractors were working equipment from Lemken and KRM. Farmers were able to glean some tips from John Hill, World Ploughing Champion who was putting his own equipment through its paces and explaining the subtlety of his set up. For the vintage enthusiasts, there was a 1931 Case Model C with Ransomes 2 furrow trailer plough, a 1941 Fordson Model N and Fordson Elite 2 furrow plough, a 1961 Doe Triple D with Ransomes TS59 5 furrow plough, Doe 130 and Doe 150 – all subject to the weather.
Graham Parker, sales director of Ernest Doe said, “The day dawned brightly on Tuesday and the morning saw a constant stream of visitors entering the show from the car park. Sales of our used equipment got off to an especially brisk start. The show as a whole builds year by year. Our indications are that the sales results will pass those of last year and we are very pleased that so many of our customers take the time out of their normal work schedules to visit the show.”
On the construction side there was a big presence from both Hyundai and New Holland Construction as well as two franchises new to the company – Thwaites and Bomag. Ernest Doe has recently been appointed distributor for Thwaites dumpers, bringing back a successful trading association that the two companies had in the 1950s and 60s. Ernest Doe took on the Bomag franchise in December 2012 and this was the first time Bomag machines have been at the show.
In the demonstration arena, a Hyundai 145LCR-9 excavator was working alongside a 6 tonne and a 3 tonne Thwaites dumper. For visitors who wished to show off their excavator handling skills, there was a special test course where they could get to grips with a New Holland Kobelco E26B.
The groundcare section featured New Holland T5 and T4 PowerStar tractors, Jacobsen’s new TrueSet cutting units and the new Ransomes Meteor which is a turbo charged Parkway 3 with flail heads.
Managing director Colin Doe said, “We like to put on a good show and this is reflected in the fact that we saw more visitors to the show this year. Putting on the show is a real team effort and I would like to thank everyone at the company for their help in staging the event. We are sure that these efforts bring big benefits to our visitors who have the opportunity to discuss products with our suppliers’ technical staff and our sales staff in order to make good, informed purchasing decisions.”
Ernest Doe demonstrated a wide range of brands at the Ardingly event on 15th May, including: E-Z-GO golf buggies and utility vehicles, mowers from Ransomes Jacobsen, tractors from Case IH, compact tractors from Iseki and New Holland, utility vehicles from Kawasaki and Yamaha; sweepers and aeration equipment from Wiedenmann; mini-diggers from Hyundai and New Holland, and rollers from BOMAG.
Going green with solar panels
Solar panels have been installed at four branches as an investment that will bring cost savings in the long term in addition to delivering environmental benefits. The installations are at Ringmer, North Walsham, Albourne and Ulting and are already generating power.
The installations are capable of producing 48.25kW at Ringmer, 50kW at North Walsham, 19kW at Albourne and 47.5kW at Ulting. The policy is to generate up to 50kW from south facing roofs. At Albourne the roof is only large enough to produce 19kW.
A further installation of 100kW is being planned for Ulting as the site is a large user of electricity making a larger installation advantageous. Performance of all these installations will be reviewed over period of time before decisions are made to roll out the strategy to other branches.
Solar panel installations of this type bring a cost saving on electricity generated and used on each site and a payment is also received for electricity that is surplus to needs and which is exported to the national grid.
The environmental benefits are that renewable energy of this type helps reduce the demand for electricity generated from fossil fuels and their associated carbon emissions.
Ernest Doe wins Dickies Distributor of the Year Award
Ernest Doe has been presented with the 2011 Distributor of the Year Award from Dickies at a gala award dinner at Marlowe's Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Dickies are a major supplier of workwear and footwear and Ernest Doe earned the award for increased sales and enthusiastic marketing campaigns. The awards were presented by TV presenter Quentin Wilson, seen on the left in the photograph below. Receiving the award on behalf of Ernest Doe was Sophie Doe, the company's window dresser. Also in the photo is Maurice Morton, Dickies European Sales and Marketing Director.