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Customer Interview: GT Tractors

Supplier: CONCENTRIC Asia Pacific
01 May, 2008

GT Tractors was founded by Greg Taranto who was part of a family business that started in 1948 growing poultry in Tyabb, Victoria. In 1955 he converted to market gardening. His grass roots experience in this industry allowed him to both observe and have an active role in the development of farming techniques as well as machinery development. In 1977 he left the farm and started a business in civil earthworks in Queensland. After gaining a mass of experience in this field, he returned to Victoria and pursued his real passion: machinery development.

Starting off small, known to many people as "Mr.Farmall", he rebuilt hundreds of farmalls (a popular row crop tractor from the 1950's still commonly used in the industry) and also established a reliable reputation in the industry. This led him to apply his innovative skills in many different fields such as fibre optic laying machinery and technology - directly with Telstra, sales and servicing of Vermeer tree arboring equipment, production of scores of asparagus and various other harvest aids, and the continued development of row crop machinery.

Today, after building literally hundreds of machines, the business is in the heart of row crop farming - Devon Meadows, Victoria. Many of Australia's industry leaders are within a close vicinity to our premises and we strive to provide them with innovative custom built machinery to suit their needs. The product portfolio includes: rippers, ploughs, cultivators, bed formers, sprinkler lines, harvesters, scoops, fertiliser spreaders, spray units, washing units.

Now the second generation, Joe Taranto, is helping take the company into the future. One of the ways they are making sure they remain competitive is by adopting Autodesk's Digital Prototyping technology…utilising the power and efficiency of 3D for innovation. Joe will be interviewed about how 3D has transformed the company. You can ask him questions in the Q&A session or afterwards over lunch.

For more info go to www.gttractors.com.au