Endure Agri Solutions Pty Limited (EAS) secured the purchase of the assets of SustainAg Australia Pty Limited and the patented intellectual property of Caplop Pty Limited, in 2014.
The directors of EAS, Grant Forsdick and Andrew Lorking, recognised the unique opportunity to re-establish an agricultural equipment business with its own technology and an established, loyal client base. Grant and Andrew have worked together for a number of years on various projects and when they were introduced to the Moisture Manager product back in 2010, they recognised the uniqueness and understood the market niche for this no-till range of equipment.
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Grant is a degree-qualified mechanical engineer who holds an MBA. Grant has over 20 years experience in manufacturing and more specifically has been successful in managing large scale organizational change through the implementation of lean thinking and world class manufacturing and services best practice concepts.
He has worked in the mining equipment manufacture, mining supplies manufacture, can making, clothing, plastics and intensive agriculture/fresh produce industries. Grant completed the AICD company director’s course during 2005. He has lead four business acquisitions and mergers.
Grant focuses on the education of the management team and the senior change management structure, in the principles of lean thinking as applicable to the particular industry. This process includes the introduction of the best practice of leading and managing the change process, the setting up of problem solving structures and coaching senior management in the required changes in behaviour that are necessary to support a new lean organisation.
Grant co-founded Polaris Capital in 2009.
Andrew began his career as a Chartered Accountant before moving into investment banking. He has worked on the origination, structuring and implementation of structured finance transactions abroad and in Australia from 1994 to 2005.
Andrew then worked with a boutique asset management company in Sydney as Portfolio Manager managing third party funds in portfolios of structured credit funds as well as developing and executing investment products. Andrew has since consulted at a strategic level to a start up fund manager and consulted in lean thinking including combining and developing Lean and Green capabilities to measure and reduce Carbon Footprint, and assisting lean thinking clients to implement lean accounting systems. Andrew co-founded Polaris Capital in 2009, a corporate advisory and capital raising business.
Andrew is hands-on involved with clients where he has provided strategic and financial input to these clients in terms of assisting them to become investor ready, in preparation for presenting the investment opportunity to potential investors. Andrew has been invited to sit on a number of Boards of these investee companies.
Customer Support through collaboration
We focus on creating the optimum environment for seed germination and emergence. This is the foundation for yield improvement. The Moisture Manager creates the optimum seed germination environment by controlling seed depth, soil pressure, application of nutrients and above all the machine is able to effectively ‘moisture seek’.
The above critical features, combined with limited soil disturbance and effective residue management, maximizes subsoil moisture.
We will endeavor to apply the sciences related to conservation farming in the perfection of our equipment into the future.
Innovation in design
Innovation in design is a strategic theme for us. This has been demonstrated by the appointment of our technology partner, Trang Imagineering.
We believe strongly that the best way to incorporate ‘best in class’ capabilities, is to develop strong partnerships with leading edge companies that will continue to provide the right capabilities when required by the business and its clients. Continuous improvement will become ingrained in our philosophy and will be embodied in our equipment in future.
Endure Agri Solutions has a strong commitment to ongoing innovation and development for our products. We will engage with current users and experts to ensure that we are able to incorporate design and operational innovation for the commercial benefit of our current and future clients.
We will include ‘smart’ technology in future designs (GPS systems, hydraulic vacuum seeders and appropriate farm management software) that will provide forward-looking growers with truly intelligent planting and moisture management systems to increase yields, reduce waste, improve soil quality, lower the costs of production and provide a solid platform for sustainable farming.