JOIN US IN CELEBRATING 25 years of existence of BEDNAR FMT s.r.o.
Have a look at what we have accomplished in the past twenty-five years: thanks to you, thanks to our customers.
The Company was founded
Number of countries where we export BEDNAR machines
Number of employees that represent the BEDNAR brand
Manufactured machines in 2021
BEDNAR MACHINE PRODUCTION
Come to Rychnov nad Kněžnou with us. It is a place where the machines by the family-owned Czech company, BEDNAR FMT s.r.o., are made, component by component.
9,500 years BC.… it is when the foundations of farming were formed.
The gradual transition from gathering gave rise to primitive cultivation of eight basic neolithic crops: wheat, barley and so on.
Foundation of STROM Export s.r.o.
JUDr. Ing Ladislav Bednář founded the Company to export Czech-made agricultural machines abroad.
Own machinery production
DISK PROFI cultivator was the first machine manufactured by STROM Export s.r.o.
Expansion of the disc cultivator portfolio
Commencement of the production of PRECISER disc cultivators and FINISHER disc-share cultivators.
Own warehouse rental
Warehouse rental in Moravská Třebová: the first employed warehouse manager.
The first employed assembly workers
Leased production spaces in Doudleby nad Orlicí: the first employed production workers.
Commencement of the production and sale of ECOLAND Classic
The first ECOLAND Classic stubble cultivators designed for minimum tillage.
Colour IMAGE change
Agricultural machinery changed colour from green to yellow. The production of the first wide-span SWIFTER cultivator.
Commencement of the successful era of production of rotary cutters
The first manufactured MULCHERE MC, a crop residue cutter.
Company-owned production plant in Rychnov nad Kněžnou
Commencement of the production of agricultural machinery in new premises in Rychnov nad Kněžnou: the first property owned by the Company.
The MC rotary cutter series was innovated to MZ with galvanized finish based on the new needs of farmers. The beginning of cooperation with prominent farms in Eastern Europe.
The first extension of the production plant
Production-storage Hall B was added to the production plant in Rychnov nad Kněžnou
Creation of the unique SWIFTER Concept
The SWIFTER product series was expanded with a new disc section, giving rise to the SWIFTER Concept product family. Introducing new software for production process control.
Introducing the chisel plough to the market
STROM Export začíná prodávat dlátový pluh TERRALAND TN a začíná se věnovat vývoji nových modelů širokozáběrových podmítačů.
Reconstruction of the office spaces
The office spaces and the main façade of the production plant in Rychnov nad Kněžnou were reconstructed
The second extension of the production plant
The construction of the hall for a powder spray painting station was an important extension of the production plant
A significant change of IMAGE
STROM Export changes its name to BEDNAR FMT s.r.o.
Modernization of the production hall
Production Hall A was reconstructed and equipped with modern technologies
Expansion of the assembly capacity
The assembly capacity in the production plant in Rychnov nad Kněžnou was expanded by 1,200 m2
An important delivery for the Swedish army
BEDNAR succeeded in the tender for the Swedish army. The MULCHER MM machines were delivered with special military varnish on request of the customer.
New canvas storage hall
Storage requirements continuously increase. Therefore, a canvas storage hall was built next to the production plant
Starting the construction of a modern two-storey production plant in Rychnov nad Kněžnou
The foundation stone was laid in December, starting the construction of a modern, two-storey production hall
New dispatch hall
To improve loading, a new dispatch hall was built
The extension of the production plant
In addition to the expansion of production spaces, the new two-storey assembly hall also enabled launching a line production of BEDNAR machines
Turnover exceeded CZK 2.5 billion
BEDNAR FMT s.r.o. concluded the 2021 economic year with the highest turnover in the history of the Company: over 2.5 billion Czech crowns.
BEDNAR FMT celebrates 25 years on the market
We are entering another year full of challenges. A year when our Company celebrates 25 years on the market.
Agricultural machines work completely autonomously.
The work of an agronomist is done by drones, equipment is repaired by robots. What direction will BEDNAR take this year and what products will we manufacture? Stay with us to see.
BEDNAR IN THE WORLD
The desire to offer our products to a wide range of customers continuously moves us forward. That's why you can see the BEDNAR machines in 39 countries of the world.
Company Owner and CEO
"At the beginning, there was just an idea when my partners and I founded a company for exporting agricultural machinery abroad. The first years were difficult, we didn't have our own production facilities and everything was coming together slowly. The success of our company is based on many things, namely the decision to invest into our own production facility. Thanks to finding gaps in the market and manufacturing machines tailored to the actual customer requirements, we have become a renowned player in the demanding competitive environment. The entire process of growth is about strong visions, endurance and continuously seeking compromise. I am truly proud of what BEDNAR means for many of our customers and partners. I look towards the future with determination and I believe that the ideas my sons and colleagues have in their heads today will be implemented just like twenty-five years ago, when we were at the very beginning."
Commencement date: 15.08.2005
"The desire to offer BEDNAR machines to a continuously increasing number of customers is what drives us forward in these difficult times. It is what makes our young and dynamically evolving company different to the competition. In the past twenty-five years, we have introduced machines and innovative technologies to the market that incorporate real farmers' knowledge and experience and our unique know-how."
Commencement date: 01.11.2005
"Production is a living mechanism and it's as true as ever today. I'm proud of what we have accomplished in the production plant in the past years. We have built a modern production plant with software control. I hope we will be able to find more quality employees for the production in the future to help us move the potential of the BEDNAR brand forward."
Commencement date: 07.01.1998
"We have achieved the current success thanks to the stable staff base we have built in twenty-five years. During those years, we have managed to overcome many obstacles, which has strengthened us. Today, we can lean on experts and quality employees who move the Company forward. I believe we will continue doing that in the future and our Company will continue doing well."
Commencement date: 03.05.2004
"In the relatively short history of twenty-five years, we have become a recognized partner of modern farmers and top sellers of agricultural technology. We have never lived on our history, we have always worked hard for the future. I spend a lot of time in personal meetings with end customers. I can say that our position has changed considerably in the course of time and today, we are not afraid to knock on the door of any farmer demanding top technology."
Technical and IT Director
Commencement date: 01.07.2010
"We have set the highest objectives in the field of information technology, both in terms of precision control and production monitoring, warehouse management automation, and towards our customers and business network. We want to maximally simplify and accelerate our support, therefore we put a lot of effort in developing new portals, such as the BEDNAR Configurator and other user applications that facilitate our customers' everyday work and our mutual communication."
Economic and Investment Director
Commencement date: 28.09.1998
"I can easily confirm that BEDNAR FMT is a socially responsible and economically stable company. We have been achieving good results in the long term, for which we are grateful to our business partners and customers who place their trust in BEDNAR machines. We have been steadily growing since the beginning and we return a considerable part of the profit into developing new machines, technologies and into our production plant."
OUR PROMINENT BUSINESS PARTNERS
How do our business partners/ authorized dealers assess their cooperation with BEDNAR FMT, what do they appreciate about the brand and what do they wish from us in the future?
"I remember when we first showed two BEDNAR machines at a fair in 2013. Everyone who came to our stand was asking about these yellow machines. Today, no-one is asking because everyone knows BEDNAR and the largest and most professional farmers in New Zealand use BEDNAR machines. We are glad that we can grow together with such an innovative company and our only wish for the future is that BEDNAR FMT continues in what they have been doing. Continue coming up with top machine designs; deliver time-tested technology that can help farmers in New Zealand be more efficient and achieve continuously higher and higher yields."
Hamish Raikes, the Owner of 4AG Ltd.
"It's good to be a part of the BEDNAR team as BEDNAR always endeavours to find the best solutions and is very ambitious. We are happy to help the brand in its ambitious growth with our hard work, commitment and effort. What do we wish from BEDNAR in the coming years? Do not stop and keep going forward. Because everything changes and the endless desire, stubbornness and ambition are the only weapons in fighting obstacles and obstructions!"
Mindaugas Lapatkinas, the Director of UAB Agrokoncerno technika
"As a new importer of BEDNAR machines in Denmark, one would expect difficulties with introduction to the market during the coronavirus pandemic but with a supplier such as BEDNAR FMT we experienced great support and great machines. The machines by BEDNAR are no doubt excellent and our Danish customers are also aware of that. We wish BEDNAR FMT a happy anniversary and all the best in the future."
Michael Husfeldt, CEO, Danish Agro Machinery A/S Niels Kristian Andersen, BEDNAR Sales and Product Manager, Danish Agro Machinery A/S
"The BEDNAR machines are a great match to our machine portfolio. Besides excellent quality and innovative technologies that attract customers, the machines also respond to the trends in modern farming. That's quite unique on the European market of agricultural machinery. We want to stand side by side and build mutual business relations with manufacturers like BEDNAR. We have only been cooperating for a few months but we wish BEDNAR FMT and ourselves the same effect and satisfaction at least for the next 25 years."
Tomasz Krawiec, Director of the Agricultural Technology Division, Agro Efekt Sp. z o.o. Marcin Popielski, Sales Director for Machine Sale, Agro Efekt Sp. z o.o.
"We started collaboration and representation of BEDNAR brand in Croatia, back in 2016, following good experience we had in large farms in Romania. BEDNAR machines are designed and built to answer today’s farmers needs. Agronomic work efficiency in order to obtain best crops production, is the main driver for new machines development. In close collaboration with BEDNAR Team, Novocommerce International is providing professional advises for the choice of most suitable machines and the best aftersales support to Croatian producers."
Thom Gady, General Manager, Novocommerce International
"INTERAGRI Bulgaria has become Bednar’s official importer and service partner for Bulgaria at the end of 2020. BEDNAR is an important addition to our portfolio. The company is extremely innovative, producing a wide variety of machines with high quality that are at the same time robust, durable, high-tech and at a balanced price. This provides a great added value to the business of our clients, which is our key strategic goal."
Daniel Minev, Executive Director of INTERAGRI Bulgaria
"I appreciate the good relations in our cooperation with BEDNAR FMT. You can feel the enthusiasm about the BEDNAR brand when dealing with the Company representatives. They want to continue growing and I believe that it is possible through good cooperation with the individual representatives of the brand. We appreciate the quality of the machines and their excellent results in the field. In the future, we wish BEDNAR to be able to respond to the huge customer demand by expanding their production plant. We believe that you can become the number one brand in the segment of machines for soil cultivation and seeding."
Theo Pieterse, Product Manager of BHBW SA (Pty) Ltd
"BEDNAR machines have been one of the key products in the sales of AGRI CS Magyarország Kft. since we started distributing them in Hungary. The BEDNAR brand continues to grow and BEDNAR machines are becoming more and more popular in Hungary. The BEDNAR FMT production plant provides quality machines and the product range is wide: both in terms of the types of machines and the working width. The Company also helps us a lot; there is continuous training and the relationship with Péter Pribelszki, the territorial BEDNAR manager for Hungary, is excellent. Congratulations on twenty-five years of existence and I wish you many successful years!"
Zoltán Zubán, Product Manager of AGRI CS Magyarország Kft.
"We are very pleased with our partnership with BEDNAR FMT and the strong recognition of BEDNAR machines we have achieved in Australia thanks to the agronomic approach and efficient technologies from BEDNAR. Following strong sales of the SWIFTERDISC XE 12400, we realised that Australian farmers needed a bigger machine. 12 months later, the BEDNAR brand introduced the SWIFTERDISC XE 18400 MEGA, which we proudly launched. We appreciate the company's efforts to listen to our specific needs. This attitude ensures that BEDNAR FMT machines are known in Australia for always delivering the most innovative tillage machine solutions."
Grant Borgward, owner of Powerace Pty Ltd.
"We have partnered with BEDNAR FMT in recent years because Tilleman Equipment has a history of strong partnerships with innovative machinery manufacturers. The BEDNAR brand brought machines that we thought were ideal for local Montana farmers. We have recently added FENDT tractors to our portfolio of machines, and the BEDNAR brand machines pair well with their ISOBUS capability and other cutting-edge technologies. We appreciate the willingness BEDNAR FMT has shown in modifying the machines to better fit our local conditions. The high quality and engineering workmanship is evident in the machines we have received from the company in recent years. We wish to help the BEDNAR brand grow in the local Montana market and wish the company continued success."
Greg Mosness, General Manager, Tilleman Equipment
"I have been selling BEDNAR machines since 2006. Thanks to this experience, I can see that BEDNAR FMT has undergone a very dynamic development and from a local machine manufacturer, BEDNAR FMT has become a company coming up with progressive technologies to solve the current challenges of modern agriculture. BEDNAR FMT's success is not only in production. BEDNAR has a number of its own support portals for its business. The comprehensive mosaic of portals is unique compared to our other suppliers. The year 2021 was a very successful year for the STROM PRAHA - BEDNAR FMT cooperation. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this success! I wish for the BEDNAR brand that agriculture, which creates basic values, will gain the social credit it undoubtedly deserves and that it will also prosper in the long term."
Ing. Martin Hučko, Director of Marketing and Sales Support STROM PRAHA a.s.
Check out the percentage of sales of the most successful model series from the entire BEDNAR machine portfolio.
The SWIFTER seedbed cultivator offers an easy adjustment to working conditions thanks to the replaceable working sections. We manufacture the SWIFTER in a working widths from 3 to 18.2 m.
The TERRALAND chisel plough is a revolutionary machine for deep soil cultivation in one pass. The TERRALAND chisel plough series comes in working widths from 3 to 6.4 m.
The SWIFTERDISC cultivator is popular thanks to the unique technical advantages. The SWIFTERDISC is a disc cultivator available in a working widths from 3 to 18.4 m.
The wide-span MULCHER rotary cutter is an irreplaceable machine for every farm. The machines help with landscaping. The MULCHER series is made in working widths from 4.5 to 7 metres.
The OMEGA series represents the most universal seed drills on the market with several unique elements and a wide range of optional equipment. The OMEGA seed drill comes in working widths from 3 to 9 metres.
Choose the right machine from our extensive portfolio to meet your requirements and move your business forward.
BEDNAR LISTENS TO YOUR NEEDS
We are interested in agriculture; we have a passion for agricultural technology. We are an innovative manufacturer of agricultural machines, developed on the basis of a bilateral cooperation with our customers, partners and research organizations. Join our satisfied customers; we will show you the way to achieving higher yields.
“We are a professional partner and advisor to farmers, and we bring new technological solutions to your business.”
There is no time for complacency in any industry, and the same applies to agriculture. Continuous improvement of well-established technological procedures in the field of soil cultivation and seeding, and finding new methods of management is one of the ways to be better in your business than your neighbour.
“We are a leader in the field with more than twenty years of experience in the development and production of wide machines for soil cultivation and seeding.”
We have become a valid leader in the field of development and production of wide machines as a manufacturer of agricultural equipment. It all started in 2003 with the design of a seedbed cultivator prototype, 17 metres wide, for one of our important customers – ROSTĚNICE, a.s.
“We focus on easy machine control and intuitive operation, and it is something to be considered as early as an idea of a newly developed machine crosses our mind.”
Just like in everyday life, when driving a car, shopping, working, or doing any routine, we also require a high level of simplicity and automation of routine activities. It goes double when talking about the control of agricultural machines. When thinking about the development of a new machine, we put emphasis on user-friendly control and easy operation.
“We are farmers who respect the tradition of farming, and we respond to modern agricultural trends and procedures.”
Agriculture is rightly considered to be one of the most useful industries in the world. It has been linked to the production of nutrition for people from the earliest times. Life on earth would not exist without agriculture. We are proud to be standing on your side, honouring the tradition of farming.
The Czech Republic is the domestic market for BEDNAR. BEDNAR machines are distributed by the dealership network of STROM PRAHA a.s. and DAŇHEL AGRO, a.s.
The sales ratio of BEDNAR FMT s.r.o. in the Czech Republic is 7% of the total number of machines sold.
Slovakia was one of the first international markets where our Company started exporting its products in 1999. BEDNAR is represented on the Slovak market by AGROSERVIS spol. s r.o. and AGROKOM – PLUS, spol. s r.o.
The Company entered the Hungarian market in 1999. Since 2020, AGRI CS Magyarország Kft. has been the exclusive importer in charge of all the sales and post-sales activity related to BEDNAR machines in Hungary.
The Company started delivering machines to German customers in 2000. It is a very interesting, but demanding market in terms of customer requirements. BEDNAR is represented by regional sales partners there.
We entered the Polish market in 2000. The BEDNAR brand has gained a lot of popularity there. It is one of the ten most important markets. We have a team of four people to take care of our customers and dealers in Poland. The BEDNAR brand is represented by regional sales partners.
In 2002, BEDNAR FMT entered Bulgaria. It is a small, but interesting market where you can also find large progressive agricultural businesses. The year 2020 was a milestone for the distribution of BEDNAR machines: BEDNAR FMT concluded an agreement on exclusive representation with INTERAGRI Bulgaria.
The farmers in Russia met the BEDNAR brand in 2006 for the first time. It is a very important market where we have succeeded with the sale of wide-span machines for soil cultivation and seeding. Large agricultural holdings and private farmers are taken care of by a team with three members, together with the support of regional sales partners.
Our Company started delivering machines to Ukraine in 1997. The farmers in this area especially like the SWIFTER and SWIFTERDISC cultivators, including the OMEGA seed drills. BEDNAR FMT employs five people there and machines are distributed in cooperation with prominent sales partners in the individual regions.
We have been operating in Sweden since 2006. BEDNAR machines are represented by Lantmännen Maskin AB. The best-selling machines on this market include the MULCHER MZ and MM rotary cutters.
In Denmark, we established cooperation with Danish Agro Machinery A/S, a prominent importer, at the end of 2020. However, our brand has been operating there since 2007. The conclusion of a strategic partnership namely helped in the expansion of the BEDNAR brand representation in Denmark and it also helped strengthen the market share.
We have been cooperating with IPSO Agricultură, an exclusive distributor of BEDNAR machines for a long time. We exported the first machines to Romania in 2007.
In 2007, we entered the market in Great Britain. An important step in strengthening the BEDNAR brand on this competitively complicated market was the conclusion of a marketing alliance in brand representation through a network of CASE IH authorized partners in 2020. Three BEDNAR employees help the local representatives with the sale of BEDNAR machinery.
BEDNAR entered Belarus in 2008. Our machines are imported by Biocom Technology Ltd. BEDNAR has been successful in the sale of OMEGA seed drills, combined ACTROS RO cultivators and SWIFTER cultivators.
BEDNAR started exporting to Lithuania in 2008. In 2021, a significant change in the exclusive representation occurred. The representation of BEDNAR machines on the Lithuanian market was taken over by UAB Agrokoncerno Technika.
BEDNAR entered Latvia in 2008. BEDNAR machines are imported to this country by SIA Valtek. Latvia was the first country where we sold the largest model of the wide-span SWIFTERDISC XE_MEGA disc cultivator in 2021.
The year 2008 was a strategic year in the distribution of machines to the Baltic countries, and so we also started operating in Estonia that year. BEDNAR machines are delivered to Estonian farmers by Agri Partner OÜ.
The harsh winter and frost are the perfect test of the quality of BEDNAR machines. BEDNAR FMT entered Finland in 2012. The exclusive distributor for this country is AgriToukola Oy.
The first BEDNAR machines started working for Austrian farmers in 2012. At first, the machines were distributed through regional sales partners. In 2020, there was a significant change: we established cooperation with the FENDT and Valtra tractor importer: the ACA Group.
In 2012, BEDNAR FMT entered the market in Kazakhstan. It is one of the largest inland countries in the world. Farming there requires completely different technologies. BEDNAR machines are imported into this country by BHK AGRO AG.
BEDNAR FMT joined the French market in 2013. The BEDNAR brand is regularly presented at the SIMA international festival there. BEDNAR products are distributed through a network of regional sales partners in France. Authorized dealers are taken care of by four employees.
In 2013, we entered another international market, this time in Moldova.
BEDNAR machines have been travelling to Australia since 2014. They are distributed by our local importer, POWERACE PTY LTD. The most popular machine from the BEDNAR product portfolio in Australia is the TERRALAND TO chisel plough.
4AG LTD introduced the first two BEDNAR machines at a fair in New Zealand in 2013. A year later, it became the exclusive importer of BEDNAR machines for a very interesting market.
The BEDNAR machines travel a long distance from the production plant to the South African town near Johannesburg where our importer, BHBW South Africa, is based. BEDNAR products have been imported to the South African market since 2014.
One of the fast and dynamically developing markets that BEDNAR FMT entered in 2014. BEDNAR products are available to local farmers through regional sales partners. We have two employees there.
BEDNAR machines have been distributed into Serbia since 2014. It is interesting how many wide-span SWIFTER SM 18000 machines are used in this small country. AGROSTADT is the importer of machines for Serbia.
The first BEDNAR machines made it to the Dutch market in 2015 when BEDNAR started cooperating with the first sales partners.
BEDNAR machines had worked on all agricultural continents except for South America until 2015. The cooperation with farmers in Chile started in 2015 and the first TERRALAND, FERTI-BOX and STRIEGEL-PRO machines arrived there one year later.
In 2015, we established cooperation with farmers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A year later, the first ATLAS stubble cultivators arrived there.
BEDNAR FMT started operating in the Middle East, namely in Saudi Arabia, in 2015.
Canada is an overseas market with a huge business potential. There is a lot of work to do there. But it is still a success that a "small" Czech company started distributing its products there in 2016. We are gradually looking for quality sales partners with the help of local territorial managers.
The partnership with a dealer in China started in 2017. In spring 2018, the first machines for China departed (such as OMEGA OO 4000, TERRALAND TN3000H7R or MULCHER MZ) and demonstrations at local farms began.
BEDNAR FMT entered Egypt in 2017. The first delivered machine was the largest manufactured seedbed cultivator, SWIFTER SM 18000. It was a delivery within a farming project focused on the restoration of farming in large fields near the River Nile.
A new challenge for BEDNAR comes in the form of the Spanish market where we started working actively in 2021. We managed to establish cooperation with important partners who represent the JOHN DEERE brand.
After entering Spain, BEDNAR FMT was only a step away from establishing a strong distribution network on the entire Iberian Peninsula. In 2021, we actively started looking for dealers in Portugal as well.
BEDNAR machines are very popular in Scandinavia. In 2021, we established a strategic cooperation with a machine importer for Norway, Eikmaskin AS.
Belgium is one of the countries where customers choose the small BEDNAR machines: the SWIFTER SN cultivator or the SWIFTERDISC XN disc cultivator. BEDNAR is represented by ATELIERS WEYNE.
Together with Canada, it is an important overseas market where BEDNAR would like to expand more. The first machines are already working for some local farmers, namely the SWIFTERDISC or TERRALAND models. We have our own territorial manager there.
The first BEDNAR machines started working in this small country by the Adriatic Sea in 2016. Croatian farmers especially like the SWIFTER cultivators. NOVOCOMMERCE INTERNATIONAL D.O.O. is the authorized importer for this area.