The Secret to Burder’s SuccessPosted by Gary Northover, 29th August 2017
Dealer: Burder AgAttachments
Branches: VIC – Head Office (Wangaratta); WA; TAS; QLD
Specialise in: Manufacturing and wholesale importing and distribution of forklifts, loaders and tractor attachments to four core markets – horticulture and viticulture, dairy, earthmoving and transport.
Burder AgAttachments, a family-owned front end loader manufacturer, was founded in 1991 with just five people and has since expanded to over 60 employees.
In recent years Burder has moved from being a traditional wholesaler/manufacturer of front end loaders to one of Australia’s most diverse shortline equipment suppliers. Thanks to the introduction of complimentary product lines, the company has been able to increase its offerings to its four core markets with products like custom trailers, trenchers and tractor attachments right through to more specialised, bespoke projects.
At the core of Burder’s approach are five S’s: sales, sourcing, supply, servicing and support.
“Our five S’s underpin our success,” says Adam Fendyk, Group General Manager of Burder AgAttachments, and who says success translates to “happy customers, happy staff and happy bank managers”.
Through improved design and the application of lean manufacturing techniques, Burder has achieved a 40% reduction in manufacturing hours. The manufacturing plant in Wangaratta also boasts an impressive solar installation that averages 75% solar generation all year to reduce operating costs. “It’s the equivalent of powering 335 houses,” Adam says.
He says Burder will continue to roll-out new locally built products and invest in its manufacturing capabilities. There will also be a focus on vertical integration to continue increasing the company’s capability and market reach.
“We have in-house engineers to help us constantly improve our products and processes,” Adam says. “Part of our vision is to continue investment in our assets, products and people, to create a world’s best practice organisation.”