An auction that will see the processing machinery and equipment of the Linwoods Dairy in Armagh going under the hammer later this month is attracting international attention. Enquiries have been received from as far away as Africa and India ahead of the auction, which is to take place on Tuesday 27th November.
The dairy on Monaghan Road closed in June following the decision of the company
to exit the milk business and concentrate future investment on its highly successful range of
health food products that is now being sold in more than 25 countries around the world.
Paul Cooper of industrial auctioneers Eddisons CJM said: “We’re not surprised by
the interest. This dairy was purpose-built in 2004 by APV, which is the name that you always
like to see attached to this sort of processing kit. It was further upgraded as recently as
“The result is a really neat, well-laid out modern facility although, good as it is, the
two production lines mean that it does not have the scale to rival the gigantic super-dairies
that are now being built to compete in the cut-throat business that liquid milk has become.”
The auction extends to 100 lots, ranging from the 90,000 litre raw milk tanks that
were used at the start of the process, through to the shrink-wrapping machinery that was
used to protect cases of bottled milk at the end.
The most high value lots are the two highly automated processing lines that both
have the flexibility to fill pint, litre or two litre bottles.
Mr. Cooper added: “Apart from the interest from India and Africa, we have also been
fielding enquiries from several European countries as well as businesses nearer to home.
Whilst a number of them are in the milk business, most of this this equipment would be
equally useful to people looking to bottle juices, water or other drinks.”
A viewing session for interested companies and their agents is to take place at the
Monaghan Road site on Thursday 22nd November.
The full auction catalogue is available on the Internet at www.eddisonscjm.com. The
online sale using the BidSpotter platform (www.bidspotter.co.uk) will close at Noon on
Thursday 27th November.
For further information or comment please contact Paul Cooper at Eddisons CJM
on 01724-334411 or 07970-126339