MUCH MORE THAN WOODCHIPPERS
Först is a brand driven by energy and passion for what we do and the industry we operate in.
We are a family, we are a winning team, a brand that attracts talent and like-minded individuals who want to be part of the Först journey.
That means we produce more than Woodchippers, we deliver customer experience and business partnerships which enable our customers to be more efficient in running their businesses.
Först is a global brand headquartered in Andover Hampshire, UK and with locations across the UK and Germany.
We sell direct to end customers in England, Wales, and Germany and operate a dealer network in the rest of the world. Click here to find your local Först partner or to enquire about becoming a Forst dealer.
1. Head office & Production, Andover UK
2. Spare Parts & Service, Andover UK
3. Först Doncaster Depot
4. Först GmbH Hamburg Depot
5. Meinerzhagen Först GmbH Meinerzhagen Depot
6. Łódź, Poland Facility
THE FÖRST JOURNEY
Först was born in a gloomy and drafty outbuilding in an old farm yard in 2012. It was born out of necessity to produce a premium quality yet sensibly priced woodchipper with a backup service second to none, the rest is history!
When it all began! With limited resources, a welder and lots of passion – we built our first machine. The rest of the year was spent chipping, testing and refining.
The Först brand was launched. We were so confident in our machines that we introduced a market-leading 3 year warranty at our first Arb Show.
As interest in Först grew we expanded both our production capacity and product range, with our 8” woodchipper series launching at the APF exhibition in September.
Europe beckoned as we started selling Först woodchippers across the continent. We designed and launched the XR8 Traxion to serve our rail sector customers.
With continued European success came the formation of our Först GmbH subsidiary business, enabling us to bring our market-leading woodchippers to German arborists.
The year Först changed the woodchipper market forever by launching our first ever sub-750kg machine, the ST6P.
After moving to a 34,000sq ft building in Andover in 2015, it was time to expand again to enable us to meet increasing demand and have a dedicated aftersales and service space.
Another busy year for Först as we opened a new facility in Doncaster, launched FörstAssist to further improve our customer service abilities, and created the first range of Stage V compliant diesel chippers.
We launched the TT6, an all-new 6” turntable woodchipper the industry had been waiting for. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic stopping the world, we continued to innovate, deliver outstanding customer service and grow.
Whilst Covid-19 still impacts business, export sales have seen Först become a truly global brand. And we’re not stopping there with new product development and supporting our customers being our top priorities.
Först announces the opening of a new production facility in Łódź, Poland. The new 32,000 sq. ft. site will commence with the production of the ST6P woodchipper.
Meet the Customer Team
To be the brand of choice in every market we enter globally
Making performance, reliability and exceptional customer care a reality for consumers in the markets we operate in globally