, the latest dealership to join the Case construction dealer network, expects a busy year ahead, with the NSW construction market experiencing strong growth. “Case has a strong product range and we anticipate good demand across all areas given the current economic climate,” explains Conplant managing director, Ian Coleman. “We intend to add an extra 25 sales and service staff to the team, with the aim to increase sales of the heavy end of the Case range, in particular equipment such as wheel loaders, crawler dozers, large excavators and articulated dump trucks.” With a dealership grand opening planned for February 2008, Conplant will continue to focus on its existing customer base, along with embracing the current Case customer base. The dealership will also work to fill any gaps to take Case equipment to new customers. “We have always had extremely strong relationships with local government and this is one area where we will focus on,” adds Coleman. Conplant is due to take delivery of five new service trucks this year. “This will enhance our field service capacity and enable us to provide fast and efficient service delivery, particularly to customers in regional areas,” Coleman adds.

With Tasmania’s construction industry experiencing a steady flow of work, Mick Boyd, dealer principal of FMT is expecting a strong show of support from local contractors and construction companies. FMT took over from the existing Case dealer, Webster, in November 2007. “We’ve been in operation for the past five years, specialising in Case IH agricultural equipment,” Boyd explains. “However, we have been keen to expand for some time and recently upgraded our workshop with five new work bays. You can basically drive a 22t excavator straight into the workshop, so we’re well placed to meet both the sales and service needs of the industry.” FMT will sell the full range of Case construction equipment, however Boyd expects the 3t - 8t excavators and the larger 16t - 22t models to be among the most popular, particular among owner operators. “These machines, with their versatility to perform a wide range of tasks, are well suited to the current needs of the industry. We’ve been experiencing a steady increase in sub-division work,” Boyd explains.

Source: Construction Contractor