Our Story

Why Giltrap?

“WE WORK HARD ON IMPROVING OUR OWN PRODUCTIVITY AND ADDING VALUE, SO THAT YOU CAN FOCUS ON IT TOO”


About Us

In 1959 this company started as one man, in one shed, with lots of ideas.

More than half a century later, we may have a few more sheds, but we’re still all about hard work and innovation. In our minds the only way to guarantee the best machinery, is to hire the best people – the name on the side may say Giltrap, but everything that leaves our yard has every one of their names on it.

It’s also our customers’ loyalty that drives us to be the best we can. The path of this business has always been steered by the changing needs of farmers. We listen to your feedback and base our innovation around the things we know will make a difference.

After that, it’s all about finding new ways to make farmers’ lives easier. Ideas are whittled down and refined, prototypes are born, tested and proven, then our products are put into production. Throughout the process our machinery is handled by a team with the same care and dedication that Wilfred Giltrap built this company on, in his small shed, all those years ago.


Innovation born on the farm

Half a century since our inception, we’re still busy innovating to keep you ahead of the herd.

Our design process starts by listening to Farmers: what’s working well, and what could be improved?

Is there a new way to face an old challenge? Or an old way to face a new one?

Farmers answers get us thinking. Research insights develop into design concepts. Prototypes of a new design begin to take shape; they’re refined by testing in the field, to see how theory holds up in practice. As well as being smart, any innovation has to be pragmatic and dependable. If a prototype shows some weakness, that’s great - it moves us one step closer to the breakthrough we’re striving for…


Attention to details

We sweat the small stuff so you won’t have to. Our painstaking diligence means you might not notice many of the design features - because they won’t ever play up. But when you do notice them, it’s for the right reasons. For instance, our G2 Bale Feeder can connect & be operated from the front or the rear. It’s a one-of-a-kind feeder, but this agile feature doesn’t make it more complex, or expensive. It’s just a smart innovation, based on a strong idea.

Bespoke solutions can also be developed for specific issues - a challenge our engineers relish. And all of our machinery has optional add-ons so you can tailor them to your needs.

Commitment to details is what makes Giltrap equipment superior. The novel thinking of our engineers is matched by their absolute dedication to crafting every machine.


Deliberately lean

How can farmers get the highest reward for their efforts? Usually it’s by working as smart as you do hard. You’ve only got so many hours in a day, and it’s about using them as efficiently as possible.

We strive hard to become more efficient too. Giltrap is focused on being a lean business and we’re committed to improving our processes all of the time, constantly reviewing them and making sure that we’re doing the best job we can, in the most effective way.

This extends to providing customers with exactly what they need - starting with getting the right information from you and delivering what you want, when you want it for your farm or agribusiness.


Performance engineering

A lot of hard work goes into building Giltrap’s premium machinery…

It starts by getting a full understanding of your farm routines, and engineering solutions to get jobs done better, faster.

In research & development, all of our ideas are rigorously tested.

At the manufacturing stage, our fabrication is meticulous. The final result is machinery that is engineered to be durable, reliable & effective.

The hard graft is all worth it, when we see farmers getting ahead. Productivity gains are made incrementally - all those little improvements add up. When you're winning, our time hasn't been wasted, and neither is yours.


1959
GILTRAP ENGINEERING WAS ESTABLISHED BY WILFRED GILTRAP IN OTOROHANGA.
1996
NEW ZEALAND’S FIRST SOLIDWORKS (CAD DESIGN SYSTEM) CUSTOMER. NOW REGARDED AS ONE OF THE WORLD’S LEADING ENGINEERING DESIGN SOFTWARE PACKAGES.
2001
WILFRED GILTRAP SOLD THE BUSINESS TO BELINDA AND CRAIG MULGREW.
2005
GILTRAP AG EQUIPMENT PTY LTD WAS FORMED IN AUSTRALIA TO OPERATE A LARGE WAREHOUSE IN MELBOURNE. PURCHASED DML EQUIPMENT. (FROM TAUPO ENGINEERING LTD)
2006
RELEASED NEW ZEALAND’S FIRST WIRELESS WEIGHING SYSTEM FOR FORAGE WAGONS.
2008
NEW FACTORY EXPANSION PROJECT AT OTOROHANGA AND INCREASED THE WAREHOUSE SIZE IN MELBOURNE TO MATCH THE BUSINESS GROWTH.
2009
PURCHASED
SPREADERS NZ LTD
FROM ERIC AND
MORRIS BUCKTON.
2013
PURCHASED
BUCKTON
ENGINEERING.
2014
MOVED OUR MELBOURNE BASED BUSINESS FROM A 1000 SQ.M WAREHOUSE TO A 4000 SQ.M PREMISES.
2016
ADDED ANOTHER 1500 SQ.M TO THE GILTRAP OTOROHANGA PRODUCTION FACILITY AND PURCHASED OUR FIRST LASER CUTTER.
2018
ACQUISITION OF
CLOUGH AGRICULTURE,
A SEED DRILL MANUFACTURING COMPANY BASED IN TIMARU.