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24 November, 2019 - 23:19 By Kate Sweeney

Howling success Timberwolf joins Made in Britain initiative

The UK’s leading manufacturer of professional wood chippers, Timberwolf, has been recognised as a member of the Made in Britain organisation.

Accredited to businesses selling goods that have been manufactured or have undergone a final substantial change in Britain before sale, Made in Britain is the official collective mark for British manufacturers.

From its purpose-built manufacturing facility in Stowmarket, Suffolk, Timberwolf specialises in the design and manufacture of professional wood chippers for the arboricultural and horticultural sectors. 

For over 30 years, Timberwolf has manufactured industry defining commercial wood chippers to meet the needs of the arboriculture industry, promoting and embodying British engineering and manufacturing excellence.

Managing director Chris Perry, said: “Timberwolf wood chippers have become renowned in the UK and in export markets for engineering excellence. Everyone at Timberwolf works incredibly hard to deliver unbeatable power and performance from every machine and to be a part of a collective promoting British engineering is very important to us.” 

According to a recent Make UK report, manufacturing in the East of England contributes £17.8 billion to the UK economy and employs over 244,000 people in the region.

Timberwolf machines are designed in-house by a team of nine engineers and the company is committed to inspiring future generations to work in the engineering and manufacturing industries through supporting six in-house apprentices as well as attending local career fairs. 

An innovative business approach is at the heart of Timberwolf’s success and longevity and is clearly demonstrated by its position as the only UK manufacturer in its sector to use a flow line system, increasing flexibility and efficiency through production. 

As products move down the production line they can be adapted at short notice according to the needs of customers. A high standard of manufacture is maintained through an in-house Quality Control department, ensuring all components are fitted correctly to the machines as they are assembled down the production line. 

The change to a flow line system has revolutionised Timberwolf’s output, improving production capability from 20 machines a month to 30 machines per week, an increase of 640 per cent.

Timberwolf has highly skilled in-house fabrication and Quality Control teams to ensure exceptionally high-quality standards are maintained for bespoke machine components. 

In-house fabrication accounts for 10-15 per cent of components depending on the model of machine, and includes critical machine components such as roller boxes for hydraulically fed wood chippers and track components for the tracked wood chipper range. 

The company is committed to helping support local suppliers with more than a quarter of suppliers located within 25 miles of Timberwolf’s base and 50 per cent within 75 miles. 

Almost 90 per cent of externally sourced components are supplied by British-based companies, with over 60 per cent of components from within a 100-mile radius. 

Timberwolf’s success and commitment to innovation drew the attention of the London Stock Exchange Group who, in 2019, identified the company in its ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ report. 

Perry added: “We have seen strong growth in our export markets over the last five years and we now export nearly 50 per cent of our machines.”

• Image – Timberwolf TW 230DHB Road Tow Wood Chipper - credit Timberwolf

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