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 arborist 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 customers in many parts of England and Wales but for areas located far from our HQ, for example in the North of England, Scotland and Ireland we sell through our dealer partners. We 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 GmbH Großensee Depot
4. Först GmbH Freudenberg Depot
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.
Först continues to expand on a global level with focus on growing export markets. By the end of 2021 Först products are being sold in 25 countries across the world.
Ahead of it’s 10th anniversary, Först introduces a new and all-encompassing business strategy. A set of revised values support a new company vision and purpose designed to drive organisational development and sustained global growth over the next 10 years.
Först has it’s 10th birthday and reflects on 10 years of serving arbs across the world. 2023 sees investment in R&D and business processes to help us achieve growth globally.
Supporting you with world-class machinery to create a better environment
We will be the global brand of choice for arboricultural machinery