When Time is of the Essence
You’re a furniture manufacturer, you’ve got an urgent need for additional machinery to keep pace with orders, but the lead times for building new equipment just don’t fit with your production demands. What do you do?
Juggling availability and the demands of production is often a balancing act, and one that has brought many furniture producer’s to the door of used machinery specialists, Ferwood UK, including many of the UKs largest manufacturer’s. With an experienced team, skilled engineers and a global machinery inventory at its fingertips, Ferwood UK is able to come up with a credible, timely solution when suppliers of new machinery have been unable to offer production slots, or meet budget requirements.
“We’re not talkers, we’re listeners,” explains John Wilson, Managing Director of Ferwood UK. “No two companies are the same, so unless we can hear what our customers want, we will never be able to understand their needs or solve their production problems. It’s our job to listen to our customer’s requirements, absorb their issues and transfer these into a viable solution for their business.”
To do this, Ferwood sources and reconditions machinery from leading woodworking machinery manufacturers including Homag, Biesse, SCM and IMA. As well as its impressive 10,000 sqft Leeds-based premises, which plays host to as many as 15 or 20 machines at a time, the company has access to a vast global inventory through its worldwide subsidiaries. And, if you’re looking for something specific, Ferwood’s large sales network can go the extra mile to source a machine – or even a complete production line - that ticks all the boxes.
If you are keen to incorporate the latest technology into your production line, Ferwood has a solution for that, too. John explains: “Thanks to our skilled engineers, we have the ability to modify most of the machines we have in stock. For example we’re seeing a continual trend for PU and Hot Air technology on Edgebanders. This facility is not always available on machines over a certain age, but we are easily able to solve this by offering the option of retrofitting this bonding technology onto our reconditioned machines. This is a huge selling point for us and allows our customers to have the latest technology at a fraction of the cost of buying it on a brand new machine.” It’s not just edgebanders that Ferwood can bring up to date. Machines from beam saws to CNC machining centres and drilling lines to finishing systems can be modified to suit the customer’s specific requirements– and it’s likely to be delivered a lot sooner, and for a lot less than specifying new.
It’s often said that to fully appreciate something, you have to understand the process it goes through and at Ferwood UK, they believe the same can be said when selling reconditioned machinery. “We actively encourage our customers to visit our headquarters in Pollenzo, Italy, and to see the lengths we go to in order to recondition our machinery range first hand as for many, only seeing is believing. This dedication and attention to detail gives us the confidence to offer a six months parts and labour warranty on Ferwood Approved machines.
“As part of the process of ensuring our machinery fits its intended purpose we encourage our customers to send us their sample materials, glues, tooling etc in order for us to recreate their products on a test run prior to dispatch. It’s a great way of testing the machine and it shows the customer the exact results they can expect from one of our reconditioned machines. Once the machine is complete, we arrange the logistics and get it shipped directly to you.”
John adds, “For us, it’s not about trying to fit a square cog into a circular hole. We have the advantage of selling a wide range of machinery from the very best manufacturers. Solutions are not always straightforward, but we’re confident that with our experience in the sector and our comprehensive inventory, we can work with you to find the right machine to fit your business.”
Keen to put Ferwood UK to the test? Visit www.ferwoodmachinery.co.uk or call 01132 866 689 for more information. For the latest news follow Ferwood UK on Twitter @WoodMacSol.