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Supporting the farming industry from Fleurieu Peninsula

Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia is home to some of the most famous wine producing regions in the country, including the famous McLaren Vale region. From here, Kew Agricultural Engineering is supporting the farming industry, both as a supplier and manufacturer of agricultural equipment.

With decades of experience in manufacturing custom-built agricultural and vineyard equipment, Kew Agricultural Engineering (formerly known as Oliver Engineering) has produced farming equipment ranging from elevating grape and olive tip trailers to bin trailers, fertiliser spreaders, boring equipment and under vine mowers.

More recently, the team set about helping farmers affected by the devastating summer bushfires to rebuild their fencing and vineyard posts. The result was a combined fencing drill and hammer unit, which makes the process of erecting fences quick and efficient.

Director, Julian Kew says the innovation was born as the team was looking for a way to support the business through the downturn created by COVID-19.

“Following the devastating bushfires across large parts of Australia, there was significant damage to rural fencing and hundreds, if not thousands, of kilometres of fencing and vineyard posts needing to be replaced,” says Julian. “The combined fencing drill and hammer unit allows both the drilling operation and the insertion of the post without moving the unit, resulting in a simpler operation and improved efficiency.”

Apart from manufacturing custom designed products, Kew Agricultural Engineering is a re-seller of machinery spare parts and consumables. The team also support their customers with services such as fabrication, repairs, modifications and improvements of agricultural tools and machinery.

As a long-standing customer of BSC’s Lonsdale branch, Kew Agricultural Engineering’s products feature parts from BSC’s trusted suppliers. Steve Wilkinson, Sales Representative at BSC Lonsdale says Kew Agricultural Engineering is regarded by its customers as “innovative problem solvers.”

“Kew Agricultural Engineering is a great example of an Australian business supporting the community in every way possible. The team is very competent in what they do and they use their expertise to provide apprentice trainings, as well as being problem solvers for vineyards in and around McLaren Vale.”

Kew Agricultural Engineering is a Silver Award winner at the Let’s Roll: Australian Business Awards 2020. To learn more about the Awards, click here.

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