Kiwi system built and braced for growth

Ag-Steel horticulture products offer an alternative to timber.

1985 – the year of Live Aid, the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior and the year when Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd went Back to the Future!

But closer to home, 1985 was an auspicious year for Peter Green and family, with the establishment of Industrial Tube Manufacturing.

Thirty five years on there’s been no looking back for the steel tube manufacturer. Rather, the company has paved the wave for innovation in a range of industries, not least kiwifruit.

Ag-Steel by Industrial Tube offers a suite of horticultural products that enable kiwifruit growers to plan for future crop-laden vines.

Ag-Steel’s key account manager Mike Posa says Ag-Steel’s alternative to timber has enabled New Zealand’s kiwifruit growers to transition from green to gold and establish support structures that bear the weight of the golden variety.

“We designed Ag-Steel’s range of products to specifically meet the demands of New Zealand’s kiwifruit growing industry,” says Mike.

“We wanted systems that were easy and efficient to install while still providing growers with the peace of mind their crops were supported and protected. We’ve achieved that with Ag-Beam, Ag-Tri-posts, Ag-Wire and Ag-Brace.”

Mike and his team also offer technical advice for growers considering expanding their structures or preparing for the growth and weight that comes with grafting golden onto green.

“By understanding growers’ requirements, we can advise on the structural allocation that will provide the best support needed,” says Mike. “You could say our customer service and product expertise is worth its weight in gold!”


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