Welsh machinery rings merge to expand coverage

Two Welsh machinery rings have joined forces, creating a business that covers the whole of the country with a total membership of 1,150 individuals.

The tie-up sees Pembrokeshire-based PMR merging with Powys-based Cadwyn Cymru Link Wales, in a move that will extend the services on offer and deliver cost savings.

The amalgamated business will operate from PMR’s offices at Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, where it has been based since 1991.

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Neil Davies, general manager of PMR, said that, with the uncertainty created by Brexit, it was now more important than ever for the farming industry to collaborate.

“The purpose of the ring is to help our members make savings on many of their business purchases,” he said. “By working together, we can ease what is going to be a difficult period in the next few years.”

Although the sharing of machinery still forms an important part of the organisation’s activities, services have expanded to include fuel, electricity, machinery parts and training.

Other purchasing options include agro-chemicals, fertilisers, seeds and sawdust.

“Combining our membership will also allow our commodities trading of silage, hay, straw, grain and fodder beet between members to grow,” said PMR chairman, Ken Smith.

“Continued growth is important as it will help give us the purchasing power required to maximise benefits to members.”