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Irish Grass Machinery Live 2015 - National Sports Campus

Irish Grass Machinery Live 2015 - National Sports Campus

Open Invitation To All Sports Clubs, Local Authorities, Contractors and Groundsmen.
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Nilfisk Acquire ICM, Industrial Cleaning Machines


The Nilfisk Group have acquired the Midlands based Company ICM - Industrial Cleaning Machines. ICM were established in 1986 and specialise in the sales and service of industrial cleaning machines.

ICM have a substantial industrial customer base across the UK and a well placed workshop and logistical centre in Wolverhampton. Services include new and second hand equipment including full machine refurbishment.

ICM have an excellent service reputation in the industry, providing free site surveys, onsite demonstrations, operator training and all inclusive maintenance packages.

This acquisition supports the recent set up of the Nilfisk Outdoor Division and builds on other recent machine brand acquisitions including Egholm and Jungojet.

The recently announced acquisition takes Nilfisk UK firmly into the Outdoor/Engine driven machine arena allowing them to drive growth in their full range of the green maintenance, utility vehicle and 1.5 cubic metre road sweeper sectors.

Martin Chambers, Director of Operations and Service for Nilfisk UK stated; ‘the acquisition of ICM in the Midlands is a perfect fit for us and it will be very much business as normal in Wolverhampton. The takeover provides us with a well located workshop and engineers with large equipment competencies. This will improve our repair and turnaround of larger equipment and provide us with an excellent logistics base for all areas of operation.’

Nilfisk will be extending their ‘closer to market’ strategy as a result of the changes, holding UK stock at the midlands based facility.

Martin Chambers explains the need to separate service divisions in the UK and how it is likely to affect the overall business; ‘We have a huge portfolio of equipment now, truly everything from a tub vacuum through to a street washing truck. Managing the overall service function is complex and is best structured into separate teams who have the benefit of relevant experience, correct skill sets and regional van stocks.’

‘Our Retail Service Division demonstrates this practice well, with the first time fix rate increased to 95% as a result of dedicated teams and stock holding. The acquisition of ICM and the continued focus on our Outdoor/Engine division will allow us to do the same across the UK within this service critical sector.’

‘Our N-sure intranet system is expected to play a major part in this initiative, N-sure sets out to provide clients with live, transparent information on all machines and all sites nationwide.

At the core of the system are handheld PDA’s carried by the ?? strong engineering team.

The Engineers receive details of new service visits via the PDA, once accepted the system registers information live time and shows the engineer as en-route.

A major advantage is the ability for the PDA device to directly call the client on site with the press of one button. The PDA also acts as a 3 mega pixel camera allowing photographs from site to be instantly transmitted.

When works are completed the engineer enters details and captures the client signature on the PDA screen. Jobs are identified as work in progress, complete or parts on order. All information is accessed live time allowing parts to be ordered immediately, often saving up to 24 hours.

Each client has an individual internet portal allowing them to see both breakdown and maintenance progress across all sites live time. Key Performance Indicators such as first time fix rate, breakdowns per site and same day call outs can be easily monitored.’

There is no doubt that the Nilfisk machine continues to forge its’ way to a bigger, brighter future.

Nilfisk is present today in 43 countries worldwide and is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of professional cleaning equipment. Customers benefit from a complete ‘one stop shop’ solution with the product range extending from tub vacuums to road sweepers and trucks.

Source: Nilfisk

Featured Event


21 October 2015

National Sports Campus Development Authority @ Abbotstown, Dublin, Ireland

Irish Grass Machinery Live 2015 - National Sports Campus

Irish Grass Machinery 2015 Live event at the National Sports Campus in Blanchardstown.

Open Invitation To All Sports Clubs, Local Authorities, Contractors and Groundsmen

Irish Grass Machinery are holding our 2015 Live event at the National Sports Campus in Blanchardstown. This is a unique event which will allow sports
clubs and groundsmen test drive the very latest in grass cutting and maintenance machinery. It will also have a element of education with leading experts in pitch construction , renovation and maintenance available throughout the day to share their experience and knowledge.irishgrassmachinery-image

The National Sports Campus is a 500+ acre site in Blanchardstown Dublin 15. It currently headquarters over 20 national sports bodies including, The Football Association of Ireland, National Sports Council. All major field sports bodies are locating their centres of excellance at the NSC. The GAA are currently constructing their centre which will include 5 state of the art pitches,

The FAI have constructed 6 new pitched and have based all international teams at the NSC. The IRFU are also building their Centre of Excellence and it
will be the base for all their International teams. So this really is the future of Irish Sport and it a great opportunity to see it while all this development is going on. There will be tours of the campus throughout the day.

Test drive the full range of Kubota ride on mowers and tractors.
• Use the range of Trimax wide area mowers.
• See the range of Wiedenman Pitch Maintenance
Equipment from natural and artificial surfaces.
• Full range of Vermeer Wood Chippers, Stump
Grinders and Mini Skid Steer Loaders.
• Meet the Pitch builders
• Tour of National Sports Campus
• Lunch
• Prize Draw

To Reserve Your Place At This Unique Event Call 01 899 1212 or Register Here for Event.
This is a free event but places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.


Featured Event


28 January 2016

@ Messeallee, 45131 Essen, Germany

AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards 2016

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) is pleased to announce that FloraHolland is to be the Headline Sponsor at the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards 2016.

FloraHolland is a co-operative organisation of and for growers of horticultural products, and brings the floriculture chain together in several ways. It is an open marketplace where suppliers of floriculture products and their customers can meet to do business. With its new strategy ‘Flowering the world together. Planting seeds of opportunities for all our members.’ it creates opportunities for our industry to encourage the consumer to spend more money on more flowers and plants. It provides benefits to its members and their customers by contributing to their margins by optimising its own logistics and taking control of floriculture standards.

AIPH Secretary General, Tim Briercliffe, commented, “FloraHolland is a major business in the ornamental horticulture industry. As an increasingly international organisation the partnership with the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards is the perfect match and I am very much looking forward to working with them to promote to the world the very best ornamentals growers”.

Floris Olthof, Manager Cooperation & Communication, FloraHolland, comments, “FloraHolland has been a member of AIPH for years. The cooperative also supports the Horticultural Entrepreneur Award where the most innovative and enterprising company from the horticultural sector is awarded. Winners of this competition are also recommended for the International Grower of the Year Award. We feel strongly about promoting innovation and successful entrepreneurship in this sector and warmly support both awards”.

The Awards which recognise best practice in ornamental horticultural production from all over the world, organised with founding partner FloraCulture International, invite growers of ornamental crops anywhere in the world to enter.

The Awards Gala Dinner will take place at the Messe Essen on Thursday, 28 January 2016. They will be hosted during IPM Essen in Germany, the world’s leading trade fair for horticulture.

For more information visit: www.aiph.org/groweroftheyear



Tim Briercliffe, AIPH Secretary General
Email: sg@aiph.org Tel: +44 (0) 118 9308956 Mobile: +44 (0) 7885 750324
Website: www.aiph.org
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