Hardi global, made local

Hardi International established Hardi Australia in 2002 ... today the business occupies more than 10,000 square metres of production, testing, logistics and support space on a 10 hectare site that also has space for testing new machines.
Hardi International established Hardi Australia in 2002 ... today the business occupies more than 10,000 square metres of production, testing, logistics and support space on a 10 hectare site that also has space for testing new machines.

Denmark's Hardi may not sound like an Australian sprayer maker, but its Hardi Australia subsidiary has a substantial manufacturing facility in Adelaide.

In fact, the majority of Hardi sprayers sold in Australia and New Zealand are built locally. The company's local production consumes more than 7200 kilograms of welding wire and 8.4 tonnes of 'Hardi Red' powder a year.

Hardi International established Hardi Australia in 2002 and today the local business occupies more than 10,000 square metres of production, testing, logistics and support space on a 10 hectare site that also has space for testing new machines.

National sales manager Linden Forbes said fluid systems are tested separately in a facility that can fit all Hardi sprayers, including the giant 9000-litre Rubicon self-propelled sprayer and its 48.5m boom. With a full water recovery system, Hardi is able to run spray tests for 24 hours and longer, he said.

"Hardi's Australian Product Development Centre (APDC) is a conduit for the latest sprayer technologies and innovations," Mr Forbes said.

"One of Hardi Australia's big advantages is the global company's specialised expertise. Hardi Europe has an ongoing research and development commitment, and the APDC can rapidly bring the benefits of that research to Australian farmers.

"At the same time, Australian innovations are fed back into the network to benefit producers overseas."

The Hardi Rubicon is a perfect example. It was developed locally to meet the unique needs of Australian broadacre farmers, but now it is Hardi's largest self-propelled sprayer and is offered worldwide.

Building on the Australian template, Hardi's global network contributed class-leading engine, boom, fluid control and guidance technologies to the Rubicon.

Its 6500 and 9000-litre stainless steel tanks are manufactured by a South Australian supplier, which also manufactures 6200-litre tanks for the Hardi Saritor 62 Active self-propelled machine as well.

It is one of more than 130 Australian OEM suppliers that benefit from Hardi Australia's manufacturing operation, along with more than 100 local employees.

"Hardi Australia's production commitment has also helped develop local expertise," Mr Forbes said.

"Making sprayers here means Hardi can configure machines to meet the specific needs of its customers. It also carries an inventory of more than 20,000 different backup parts."

While Hardi's national network of dealers and service technicians are generally a farmer's main source of information, Hardi Australia also has specialist technicians for all of its sprayers on offer.

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