Nuffield Australia 2013 scholarship winner
Paul Green, from Hyden in Western Australia, received a 2013 Nuffield Scholarship supported by Grain Growers Limited. Paul studied the economics of farm machinery manufacturing around the world.
Paul is a director on a number of agri-based family businesses, including a broadacre grain production company focusing on wheat, barley, canola, lupins, hay, peas and other minor crops. Working with his brother, the operation is done with minimal staff and relies entirely on new technology of larger equipment.
He says they have built a number of pieces of equipment on farm out of necessity, giving an insight into manufacturing costs in Australia.
“I cannot understand why simple agricultural machinery is so expensive. I wanted to investigate the business models of equipment manufacturers overseas and within Australia, with a view to developing our own enterprise,” Paul explains.
Paul focused on the economics behind how factory lines are set up, material sourcing techniques and how factories compare to a ‘backyard’ fabrication business and the associated issues of small scale manufacturing.
Paul visited the Seed Hawk factory in North America, the Fiat factory in Italy as well as several companies in South Australia and Victoria to complete his research.
Location: Hyden, WA, 6359
Telephone: 08 9880 5240
Scholarship report: Economics of Machinery Manufacturing
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