13 December 1996

Wright Rain acquired

WRIGHT Rain, the Hants-based irrigation equipment business, has been bought by Lancaster Bros, the manufacturer of slurry and manure handling equipment, based in Carnforth, Lancs.

Lancaster Bros chairman, Gary Lancaster, says his company decided to diversify into clear water irrigation a couple of years ago to balance the manufacturing and autumn sales peak of the waste equipment business. Irrimec reel irrigators from Italy were introduced under the Malgar brand and subsequently the Raintec division was set up to handle Idrofoglia irrigators.

Wright Rain had been selling these machines under its own name, in addition to pipework, pumps, booms, etc.

As a result of the acquisition, the new division will trade under the Wright Rain name, with sales and marketing based at Wright Rains Ringwood premises. Manufacture of irrigation pipes is being transferred to Lancaster Bros Carnforth works.