Peter Robin appointed as UK Irrigation Product Manager at Rigby Taylor
Rigby Taylor has expanded its product management team of industry product specialists with the appointment of Peter Robin as UK Irrigation Product Manager.
Peter will spearhead the company’s expansion into the irrigation market as the UK distributor of Rain Bird's golf, sports pitch and landscape products.
Peter, a New Zealander by birth, has a Bachelor of Horticultural Science degree and over 20 years’ experience across a wide range of irrigation market sectors and installations, 10 years of which have been spent in the UK.
Peter lives in York but has a nationwide brief and can be contacted by email ([email protected]) or by ‘phone on 07741 665679.
Peter Robin, Rigby Taylor’s UK Irrigation Product Manager
Rigby Taylor – a century of innovation
From its incorporation in 1919, Rigby Taylor has been at the forefront of providing products and services to the sports and amenity turf industry. Originally serving horticulturalist and gardeners in the north west of England, the company launched its first ‘Taylor’s’ fertiliser in 1930 and quickly became the leading supplier of sports turf products in northern England. Throughout the 1970s and ‘80s, it established branches in the midlands, southern England and Scotland.
Rigby Taylor was the first sports and amenity distribution company to introduce its own range of branded turf protection products, and it entered into long-term supply partnerships with major international research-based organisations which saw Rigby Taylor as the perfect conduit for promoting and supplying products. Many of these partnerships continue to operate today.
Innovation is what sets Rigby Taylor apart from its competitors. As a seed agent in its own right, the company works closely with its seed breeding partner, Top Green, to develop technologically-advanced grass seed mixes including tetraploid types and the Carbon4Grass carbon sequestration mixtures. The company also leads the way in introducing super granulation fertiliser formulations as well as its unique Impact paint formulations, which have received the Queen’s Award for Innovation and Enterprise. The company was also the first to introduce autonomous robotic and GPS pitch line markers to the industry.
Most recently, Rigby Taylor was selected by Bayer to launch the new fungicide active Exteris Stressguard, the first new fungicide active to be introduced to the UK turf industry for over 10 years, and by Rain Bird as its authorised UK irrigation products distributor for golf, landscape, sports pitch and domestic systems.
Employing over 50 field-based technical personnel, supported by agronomy specialists in grass seed selection, plant nutrition, water management, plant protection, line marking, irrigation and drainage, the company is well prepared for the next 100 years!
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