UK distributor FGM Claymore announce Maruyama replacement

Koki Holdings, the producer of Tanaka products, have made the decision to cease production of all engine driven outdoor power equipment with immediate effect, saying they are focusing development on their power tool pneumatic lines.

As a consequence, distributor FGM Claymore has moved swiftly to announce their new distribution of the Maruyama line of machinery in the UK.

FGM have represented Tanaka for 45 years and in a statement described the decision by Koki Holdings as "unfortunate" and "completely out of our control".

Managing director of FGM Claymore, Paul Butterly, said, "We have and will, endeavour to a maintain supply of Tanaka machines in the short term whilst stocks last. Koki Holdings have committed to the on-going supply of parts and customer care to ensure that all our loyal customers have continued support, for their existing machines.

"In recent years we have witnessed many changes at Tanaka with a reduced line of products," continued Paul. "This has made it very challenging to compete in the marketplace without a full product offering."

Discussing taking on the Maruyama products, Paul told Service Dealer, "We have had this arrangement in the pipeline, with myself and my daughter Rachel visiting the factory in Japan earlier this year to arrange the deal." Paul and Rachel are pictured above with the Maruyama export team at their factory just outside Tokyo.

Maruyama has a 125 year history producing many products such as high pressure pumps, disaster prevention equipment, sprayers and a full line up of commercial grade 2-stroke hand held OPE.

Paul explained, "Following our research and in-depth meetings, we are delighted that we can once again offer a reliable and affordable line up of products that are of Japanese quality with the retention of attractive dealer margins.

"We will be in contact with our dealer network over the summer months with our marketing package and product introductions on our existing and new range of products. We will outline our exclusive product range ensuring that our dealers will maintain good market value and reliability.

"While the loss of Tanaka is regrettable as we have been long associated with them as an independent distributor, we believe that our new range meets the standards that have long been associated with our products."

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