The sector of agricultural machinery and equipment is one of the fastest growing ones in Brazil. This industry continues to expand in direct contrast to the economic crisis which has been ongoing since 2015. Preliminary estimates of the Brazilian engineering federation (Abimaq) had the sustained growth of this industry at 8% for 2018. However, Mr Pedro Estevão de Oliveira, the president of the chamber for agricultural machinery and farming implements, states that the increase amounts more likely to between 10 and 15% when the latest reports are taken into account. Positive development is also expected for the harvest year 2019.
It was exactly the trust in this growth and in the economic recovery of Brazil which prompted Mr Geraldo Recktenwald, the CEO of São José Industrial (www.saojoseindustrial.com.br), to invest in a newly built production plant in the city of São José do Inhacorá in the state of Rio Grande do Sul in the south of Brazil.
More than 50 million R$ (about 10 million GBP) were invested into the new production plant—which in effect tripled the production capacity. Of a total surface area of 87,000 m² the production is taking up 16,900 m² and another 5,000 m² are occupied by administration. São José Industrial manufactures here slurry tankers, manure spreaders, brush cutters, shredding machines, field choppers, as well as planers and winches for tractors amongst other products. Last year the company, one of the biggest employers in town, celebrated their 25th anniversary.
São José Industrial continue to invest in innovation and expect high reliability and corresponding technology of their partners. Building a new production plant achieved several goals in one go: intra logistics of the movement of loads have been improved, the movement of forklift trucks has been considerably reduced, and dynamic production processes have been secured.