Norfolk's Nicholson Machinery Celebrates 50 Years In Farming
Farming equipment manufacturer Nicholson Machinery celebrates its 50th anniversary this month.
The Southery business was founded in June 1972 by David Nicholson and is celebrating 50 years of designing and manufacturing a range of harvesting and processing equipment.
Nicholson remains a family run business and has established a strong reputation within the global farming industry, exporting around 65% of products.
David Nicholson founded the business, alongside Sidney Cornwall his previous boss, after identifying an opportunity with local farmers, who lacked the technical engineering support required to repair farming equipment. Back then, farmers did not have the amount of equipment they have now so, as the farming industry grew, the repairs side of Nicholson developed into manufacturing machinery.
From these beginnings, Nicholson now employs 21 people, including family members and several members of staff who have been with the company for over 25 years.
Nicholson Machinery is best known for designing and manufacturing its Onion Top Tailer, which was the original product to market. Recognised as the market leader, Nicholson Top Tailer is used all over the world by packers needing to maintain high customer standards.
There has been significant change in the farming industry over the past 50 years. An increase in global population means that farmers now need to supply more produce than ever. It has been predicted that by 2050, farmers all around the globe will need to increase their yields by more than 70% in order to ensure that there is enough produce for demand. Nicholson continues to invest in research and development, developing innovative technology to support the ever-changing farming landscape.
Founder of Nicholson Machinery, David Nicholson, said “I started the company from nothing and not knowing what the future held, I am very proud that we now export worldwide and that we are renowned specialists in the equipment we have developed over the years.”
Sales director, Danny Nicholson, added: “The company has produced six world patents over the years, which we are all extremely proud of.”
Purchasing manager, Nathan Nicholson, stated: “The invaluable knowledge and experience our father has passed onto us has created a strong platform to enable us to take Nicholson Machinery into the future.”
And Clare Nicholson, head of finance, added: “The past two years have been tough for everyone, so as Nicholson Machinery turns 50, I couldn’t be prouder of each and every member of the team.”