The agreement between the two industry leaders will see LonAgro, representing Wood-Mizer Africa in selected African countries.
The new dealership agreement will kick off in Tanzania and Rwanda and then widen to include more countries later on in 2020. The agreement will see the two companies combining forces to advance timber processing in Africa.
LonAgro is the official dealer and service agent for industry leading brands such as John Deere, Fieldking, Rovic Africa, Bell Equipment, John Deere Construction and STIHL. Operating in eight different countries across Sub Saharan Africa, LonAgro has and continues to make significant investment to deliver service excellence to customers in the agriculture, civils, mining and forestry sectors.
Wood-Mizer’s start in 1982 introduced a revolutionary thin-kerf narrow bandsaw portable sawmill to the world that set an international benchmark for sawmill design. The range has since then grown and now also include industrial wide band sawmilling equipment, bandsaw and tooling ranges, sharpening equipment, woodworking machines, pallet manufacturing, timber drying and biomass processing solutions – from forest to final form.
Speaking to Alan Crossan, LonAgro’s Sales Director he said, “LonAgro, like Wood-Mizer, have long- and well-established track records on the continent. We know the challenges and the opportunities that exist in Africa. Our combined know-how and reach in the markets we’ve announced, will assist sawmillers to build successful timber processing businesses. Wood-Mizer customers can now call at LonAgro’s existing branches throughout Tanzania and Rwanda for all their new equipment and spares and after-sales service needs. In Tanzania, our branches in Dar-es-Salaam, Arusha, Mwanza, Iringa are immediately available to service Wood-Mizer customers’ requirements, and more service locations will follow at a later stage”.
Gavin Prowse, Wood-Mizer Africa’s Regional Sales Director for Africa said, “Wood-Mizer’s focus is on building relationships with sawmillers across Africa. After-sales service support is a vital part of this process. Our agreement with a trusted and respected brand like LonAgro, strengthens our ability to support customers anywhere, anytime to reduce downtime and ensure more time to cut timber to build profitable sawmilling companies faster. We have also scheduled a number of open days held at different locations throughout the country to introduce our partnership with LonAgro and our product range to new and existing customers. Live machine demos and product specialists from both companies will be available to assist with all enquiries.”
Further information will be made through each company’s website and social media.