Allett 2019 Review
We've had a great year at Allett Mowers with the launch of our two battery powered professional products aswell as the increased sales of our battery powered homeowner range. By 2025 we predict we will no longer be manufacturing petrol products. As a company we have our own sustainability policy and we want to reduce emissions, noise pollution and hand arm vibration levels to the operator- this reflects in our move towards battery power. Here are a few highlights from the year......
ALLETT LAUNCH BATTERY POWERED CYLINDER CARTRIDGE MACHINEIn May 2019 after two years of development we officially launched our C34E battery powered cartridge machine on the hallowed turf of Twickenham . We invited industry leaders to the stadium and held informal talks on the brand machine and sustainability. Attendees at the Twickenham Rugby Stadium consisted of football, cricket, rugby, royal households, Oxford & Cambridge University colleges and a variety of current and potential Allett dealers. Keith Kent, Twickenham Stadium’s former Head Groundsman, spoke about his time and experience maintaining a world-class pitch and how he provided the same standard pitch whether it was a school boys rugby game or a world cup match. The second speaker of the event, sustainability expert Professor David Stubbs, discussed the challenges in the industry of maintaining sustainable products. Using a case study of the London 2012 Olympic Games, David’s talk embraced climate change and how sport can aid in addressing major global ecological difficulties. Austin Jarrett (Allett MD) also presented on what Allett are doing to make both homeowner and sports range machines more environmentally and user friendly. All attendees were given the opportunity to demonstrate the C34E out on the pitch which we were very privileged to do. Since the launch day our first twenty C34E machines have left the factory and been installed into football grounds around the world aswell as universities and colleges. These venues are looking for machines that are much more environmentally and user friendly. The Allett C34E has low noise levels, low hand arm vibration levels and produces NO emissions. The first twenty users have become Allett Pioneers; giving us valuable feedback over the last year on any changes to be made ahead of the main production that started this month. Read the full story on our launch day here Find out more information on the C34E here Find Keith Kent's talk here Find David Stubbs talk here Find Austin Jarrett's talk here
ALLETT PROUD TO ANNOUNCE – “THE QUEEN’S AWARD FOR ENTERPRISE : INTERNATIONAL TRADE”This year we were proud to announce we had won the coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2019 in recognition of our growth in exports and contribution to the British economy. The award marks a major period of development for the company, with ranges of new products launched to meet the needs of strong emerging markets. Our main export success has been achieved with our professional products for sports stadiums and training grounds, achieving increased sale with the USA, Russia, Germany, France, the Czech Republic and Spain leading their top ten markets in the past three years. Allett MD Austin Jarrett - “We’re very honoured to receive the Queen’s Award,” says Austin Jarrett, Allett’s Managing Director, “it recognises our achievements and team efforts in bringing innovative developments in our mowing systems to meet challenges in overseas markets with large potential. We’re no longer confined to the seasonality of domestic sales cycles in the UK. Our mowers and turf maintenance systems are used throughout the world where they are maintaining sports surfaces and lawns to the highest standards.” Allett were the major supplier to the host stadiums and contractors in Russia for the 2018 World Cup football tournament. Read the Russia story here Read more about Allett receiving the Queen's Award here.
ALLETT CREATIVE STRIPES WINNER 2019- CZAKO ERIK (HUNGARY)Our 2019 champion Czako Erik was crowned this year's champions for his eye catching symmetric design. Lawn fanatics from all over the world (10 countries infact) entered this year’s competition and if you think that striped lawns are limited to the homes of the British, you need to look at the submissions. Striped lawns used to be the preserve of the British garden, but now keen gardeners from around the globe compete each year for this coveted green award. The 2019 competition was won by Czakó Erik of Hungary with a stunning and technically difficult pattern on grass of a quality normally seen in a national football stadium. “The rise in international competitors in this competition to win the award is in line with the rise in demand our company has seen for our mowers from overseas lawn-fanatics” says Austin Jarrett, Managing Director of Allett. This year’s prize was a Liberty 43 with ALL of its cartridges and 2 cartridge stands. Read more about this year's competition here
EDGBASTON GROUNDSMAN'S DAY 2019We hosted another great groundsman's day at Edgbaston where guests learnt how Head Groundsman Gary Barwell prepared pitches for the World Cup and Ashes Series. Over 50 cricket groundsmen and dealers from across the United Kingdom were invited to join us for the exciting, educational day at Edgbaston. Guests included high-profile groundsmen from the National Performance Centre at Loughborough as well as private schools, colleges and cricket clubs. The attendees were joined by Gary Barwell, Head Groundsman at Edgbaston and, former England Assistant Coach and T20 World Cup Winning Coach, Paul Farbrace. Paul is now Sporting Director at Warwickshire.One of the many highlights of the day was a presentation held by Gary to the attendees that offered a wonderful glimpse into how he prepared the World Cup and Ashes pitches. His presentation covered any problems he encountered along the way including dealing with the media, players and fans views on social media on the way the wickets were playing- a truly captivating presentation delivered with such humility by Gary! Guests were invited into Gary’s shed to take a look at the equipment he uses to keep the Edgbaston wickets, square and outfield in tip-top shape including his range of Allett Mowers. They were then led out to the middle to examine the wickets used for the World Cup and Ashes matches, and Gary explained to the guests the technical aspects involved including the amount of rolling, watering and cutting required before a matchday. Guests were encouraged to ask questions throughout the day on subjects such as dealing with low budgets etc - read more here Find a video of Gary's presentation here
ALLETT LAUNCH UPLIFT86E AT SALTEXFollowing on from our C34E success we launched our latest battery powered machine at SALTEX- a 34'' battery powered rotary machine powered by 82V 6Ah batteries. The Allett Uplift 86 Evolution is an exciting addition to the Allett Evolution battery powered range. It has been designed to cut and vacuum quickly and efficiently with operator ease in mind whilst still producing strong contrasting stripes. Powered by 4x 82V Lithium Ion batteries the 86E boasts stepless variable forward speeds allowing a comfortable walking speed making it simple and easy to use in intricate areas. The machine offers a height of cut range from 20-50mm and a greener, quieter alternative to help keep your sports pitch perfectly striped and in pristine condition. The Uplift 86 Evolution boasts contra-rotating high lift blades and a wide chute for efficient collection. Hand-arm vibration levels are low allowing safe prolonged usage. Interchangeable batteries can also be used in the Allett C34Evolution and other battery products. Batteries connect to phone app via bluetooth enabling the operator to check battery life, battery temperature and even the batteries location. We showcased both of our battery products at the Eco Village at Saltex over both days. You can find a video here. Read more about the Uplift86E here
SUCCESS OF THE BATTERY POWERED LIBERTY RANGEThis year we have seen a huge growth in sales of our homeowner battery machines. Benefits of switching to battery powered include;
- Push button start
- No harmful emissions
- Low hand arm vibrations
- No fuel storage issues
- No engine maintenance/servicing
- Save ££££££ on fuel costs