Pty Ltd was incorporated in 1984, by its founder Mr Joe Jardim,
when he established the importation, assembly and distribution
of the Universal Farmliner tractors of Romania. Mr Jardim
created the trademark 'Farmliner' under which the Universal
tractors are sold in Australia and focussed on ensuring the
build quality and finish was suitable for the tough Australian
conditions and to the standards that Aussie farmers deserved
in a budget product. As a result, for many years, the Farmliner
445 was the highest selling 45 horsepower tractor in the Australian
market - a truly remarkable achievement.
because the tractors were imported in a knocked down form
and then assembled, painted and underwent extensive testing
and quality control at Inlon, including the addition of several
Australian sourced components; the Farmliner had the highest
Australian content of any other tractor on the market.
Joe Jardim's involvement in tractors and farm machinery goes
back a long way to the 1950's when he was a Ferguson distributor
in the country of British Guiana (British colony in South
America). His appreciation of farmers and farm machinery grew
out of the golden era of tractors as they mechanised farming
around the world.
immigrated to Australia in 1970 and joined Massey Ferguson
in Sunshine, Victoria and rose into sales and marketing positions.
Eventually moving to NSW to work with a dealer/distributor
owned by the Dalgety group. Joe Jardim was instrumental in
the introduction of the Farmliner tractors to Australia while
working for the Dalgety owned subsidiary. However, the company's
changing focus saw an opportunity to start his own company
From humble beginnings, the company soon established itself
as offering honest and tough value-for-money tractors. From
the steep farming country in northern NSW, and further north
into Queensland, to market gardeners in the Sydney basin and
Victoria, the Farmliner in its various forms established itself.
tractor's Fiat heritage made it easily recognisable to Aussie
farmers and it was a solid and affordable favourite for small
and hobby farms around the country. To this day, the Farmliner
is still available in Australia and supported by Inlon. It
is ironic that through a period of such significant change
to the likes of Ford, Fiat and International; the Farmliner
has stayed the same, strong and stable product.
Inlon introduced the Mitsuibishi range of compact tractors
to Australia. The Japanese made range of quality compact tractors
proved to be very reliable in Australian conditions. To this
date, Inlon still provides Mitsuibishi tractors parts to their
DAEDONG FARMLINER Tractors
Inlon expanded into a line of budget priced compact tractors
from Daedong of Korea which were marketed under the Farmliner
brand. This was the first substantial introduction into Australia
of a Korean tractor and showed great promise until supply
problems from Korea eventually lead to the cessation of its
importation to Australia by Inlon in 1992.
Moves to a home of its own
Inlon moves into its purpose built premises set on 5 acres
in the semi-rural area of Ourimbah on the NSW Central Coast.
The property provides excellent capacity to expand with the
growing business and is minutes from the major east-coast
F3 freeway between Sydney and Brisbane.
Inlon became the Landini tractor distributor for
Australia and was the first to introduce the brand to Australia
in its own right. At the time, some MF branded product was
being manufactured by Landini.
Inlon quickly established an impressive market share through
a rapidly growing dealer network. However, once the influence
of the AGCO shareholding in Landini came to bear, AGCO Australia
took over Landini's distribution in Australia in 1994.
change to distribution gave Inlon an opportunity to move to
a truly innovative, performance driven and fully-featured
range of Italian made tractors in Lamborghini.
In December 1994 Inlon became the Australian wide distributor
of the Italian manufactured Lamborghini tractors.
Lamborghini tractors is part of the Same Deutz-Fahr Group,
and although Same and Deutz had a long presence in Australia
of over 30 years, Lamborghini was a relative newcomer.
world renowned for its vineyard/orchard specialist tractors;
offer a range from 25hp to 200hp - superb product for every
SIP Hay Tools
Inlon expands into hay tools with the introduction into Australia
of the Slovenian made SIP range of fodder mowers, tedders
and rakes. Although a new name to Australia, SIP is well known
in Europe and manufactures mowers and rakes for several well-known
major European hay brands. SIP is the largest agricultural
manufacturer in Slovenia.
Farmtrac Tractors from Escorts of India
The former Ford factory in India was now able to sell tractors
under its own mark and this became "Farmtrac".
The heritage of the reliable and basic featured tractors
were easily recognised and quickly gained market acceptance.
BOMFORD TURNER Reach Mowers
The UK manufacturer of reach mowers is a world leader in this
class of product. Available in Australia for many decades,
the 'Turner' name is well recognised by councils and shires
across the country. In 1999 Inlon was invited to distribute
the product in Australia after several years of poor representation.
May 2000 the company's founder Mr Joe Jardim passed away after
a brief battle with cancer. Joe was survived by his wife Lolita,
two daughters and son Jim (Managing Director).
To accommodate the growing business needs, Inlon builds a
new warehouse. The major investment provides the much needed
workspace for the new product lines that were to soon follow.
Inlon became the national distributor of the Italian
made Celli range of rotary hoes and power harrows in a merger
with the then subsidiary of the Italian owned company.
Celli has been the trusted name in rotary hoes in Australia
for over 30 years and Inlon is proud to have such a leading
product in its stable.
BERTI Agricultural and Forestry Mulchers
As part of the Celli Australia merger, the extensive
range of mulchers by the Italian manufacturer Berti became part
of the Inlon range.
GRILLO Grounds Care Range
Inlon expands into a range of Italian made and innovative grounds
care machinery. The Grillo name is well recognised in their
line of walk behind rotary hoes that have been sold in Australia
for many years. However, the Inlon focus was to include the
various Grillo mower and professional grounds care products.
QUICKFIT Front End Loaders
Inlon ventured into manufacturing as it acquired the Front
End Loader manufacturer QuickFit Loaders of Bomaderry, NSW.
QuickFit had been a family owned company for 18 years and
had successfully established its product as honest, tough
and great value.
owners, Peter and Robyn Fitzgerald were to retire, however,
Scott Fitzgerald moved with the company to join Inlon as the
Inlon enters into a sponsorship arrangement with Australian
marathon swimmer Susie Maroney. Susie subsequently features
on a number of Inlon advertisements and goes on a country tour
visiting Lamborghini owners and after dinner speaking at owner
functions. Inlon is the first Australian tractor distributor
to feature a personality in advertising.
Inlon is appointed the Australian distibutor of the Japanese
range of compact and garden tractors. Shibaura had been distributed
in Australia for over 30 year, 10 of those years by Case IH
Spider Slope Mower
Inlon is appointed the Australian distibutor of the Spider Slope
Mower. This unique mower is made by the Dvorak company of the
Czech Republic. In 2006, the Spider won the coveted German Red
Dot Design award for its class. The radio-controlled self-propelled
mower works on slopes up to 55 degrees.
a brief 23 years, Inlon has grown and diversified making it
a trusted part of the Australian farm machinery scene. For
certain, the company will continue to grow and service Australian
farmers with exciting, innovative and value-for-money product
into the future.
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