TractorExport signs three-year $70m repair and maintenance agreement with Gabon based SOTRADER
AA – TractorExport LLC, an international agricultural supply company located in Coral Gables, Florida, has entered into an agreement with Societe Gabonaise De Transformation Agricol (SOTRADER), a joint venture between Olam International and the government of Gabon, to service 375 Cat dozers and excavators over the next three years.
In this three-year $70M agreement, Tractor Export will service 375 Cat dozers and excavators used for clearing land for the SOTRADER Project which is designed to create individual farming opportunity for the citizens of Gabon. This is the third of such agreements Tractor Export has signed involving Singapore-based Olam International. Currently, TractorExport LLC has 40 mechanics on the ground in Gabon serving a fleet of 250 Komatsu dozers and will be adding another 20 mechanics in connection with the new Caterpillar agreement.
“We are excited to announce this third partnership we have developed with Olam International,” says Steve Massey, CEO of Tractor Export. “We see an incredible amount of agricultural development through Africa and we are excited to be part of it.”
TractorExport LLC has a long history of providing equipment, parts and services to customer located in countries across the African continent. The company initially focused on suppling high-quality low-hour used combines, tractors, implements and parts to customers in Latin America and Africa. Lately, TractorExport LLC has become more involved in supplying parts and service on site to its international customers. With the addition of on-site teams and inventories, the company ensures their clients receive the equipment uptime availability they would expect from brand-new equipment.
“We have found we can save our clients 30% to 50% over new equipment purchased locally,” Massey stated. “The traditional dealer model does not work in these developing countries. We provide a different model that emphasizes on-site parts and service in remote areas. That type of support multiplies the cost effectiveness of our low-hour combines and tractors. When you combine price and value of high quality low-hour equipment plus on-site support and service, you just can’t beat the cost-efficiency combination,” Massey stated.
For TractorExport’s initial project in Gabon, its team of mechanics was able to increase the availability of the customer’s fleet of 250 Komatsu dozers, located in the Gabon jungle, from 45% to 85% within 6 months. To accomplish this, the company supplied 30 on-site mechanics, supervisors and complete parts support.
For the SOTRADER project TractorExport is supplying on-site parts, warehousing and field equipment including full-service mechanic trucks, lube trucks and crane trucks to SOTRADER’s 5 sites located throughout the Gabon countryside.
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