The expansion of the grounds and parking area at the Nampo Harvest Day held in Bothaville, Free State certainly worked out well for Eqstra this year. Gate 1 was situated approximately twenty metres away from the Industrial Equipment division which saw a large number of visitors pass through the stand as they were still energetic and eager to explore the expo.
Eqstra Agricultural Equipment; the sole distributor for the SAME DEUTZ-FAHR tractors and Standen Pearson potato implements benefited the most from the influx of visitors as a number of its units displayed on the stand were sold during the show. The potato implements also generated a lot of interest amongst the farmers including a number of potential leads that promise to turn into sales in the near future.
Toyota Forklift displayed an outstanding array of their equipment which also included 3 rebuilt 3 tonne diesel forklifts. The line up included a used forklift which had seen better days and 2 new refurbished ones which looked as good as new. The major attraction to the refurbished forklifts was the new coat of paint they adorned. One forklift was decorated with the Toyota Free State Cheetahs rugby team colours and logos which landed Paul Michau, Toyota Forklift’s Gauteng General Manager an interview with SuperSport.
“As a draw card for the Nampo show, we decided to go with the Cheetahs’ branding on the forklift. The main reason behind it being that the Cheetahs are sponsored by Toyota and this is a Toyota forklift brand,” explained Paul.
As the Nampo Harvest Day receives visitors from all across South Africa, Toyota Forklift also branded the second rebuild forklift with the Vodacom Blue Bulls team colours. (A customer can put in a request to have their forklift branded with their chosen colours).
Not to be outdone, the JCB equipment also on the Eqstra stand stood bright and proud in their bright yellow colours that is synonymous with the versatile machines. The equipment was surrounded by numerous Paladin attachments that can be connected to the JCB skid steers which allows a farmer to invest in equipment which can perform a multitude of tasks around the farm depending on the power tool attachment connected to the machine.
Attachment tools for large carriers such as tractors, wheel loaders and truck chassis are also distributed through Eqstra Industrial Equipment.
Learners sponsored by Eqstra’s CSI department, Eqstralution also visited the stand. This was a great opportunity for the students as they got to interact with the staff and see some of the equipment distributed by the business.
The various apparel and miniature tractors on display on the stand also generated interest with future-farmer-toddlers that came to the show. As the old adage goes, “catch them when they are young”, Eqstra certainly hopes to have these young ones return as customers in the future.
Eugene Jonker, GM of Eqstra Agricultural Equipment pictured with Walter Hill, CEO of Eqstra Holdings