About Us

Learn about how we started, what we do today & the people that have been part of this great journey!

The Rata Story

How we started:
 
Back in the 80's on a Manawatu family farm, a farmer started to make attachments to use on his loader & also provided engineering services to other manufacturing company's in the area.
 
Loaders back then were a relatively new thing & not widespread like they are today, very soon he got a name for making top quality loader attachments & doing top quality work, this meant he became so busy he had to stop farming & start manufacturing full time, the company took its name from the farm it was originally started on (Rata Park) & became known as Rata Industries to reflect the range of services it offered across the agricultural & industrial spectrum.
 
What we do today:
 
Fast forward 30 odd years through the 90's, 2000's up to today. Now we are located in the agricultural heartland of Canterbury & have gone onto to become New Zealand's leading brand of locally manufactured Tractor & Telehandler attachments. Over those years we also acquired a range of Cultivation & Aeration Equipment & the Vogal brand of fertiliser spreaders, of which we produce & distribute throughout a nationwide network of dealers.
 
Changes over the years have seen us develop & acquire our own vast range of agricultural equipment, this specific focus in the agricultural equipment sector has lead to our products become known as 'Rata Equipment' today.

 

Farming Advice & Tips From Rata

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