A new Kuper SWT23XL5 Planer/Moulder has been installed at the Ashford Kent works of H S Jackson and Son (Fencing) Ltd by machinery distributors Daltons Wadkin.
The machine which incorporated a short infeed table to special order, touch screen controls, centralised lubrication, powerful (11 kW) motors to each cutterhead was purchased to add capacity to the company’s production of timber fencing, gates, decking andgarden structures. Jacksons operate three fencing centres, one in Bath, Somerset, one in Chester and their HQ at Ashford, Kent, and produce both timber and metal fencing products. The existing machine at the Ashford site is run at near capacity, increasing from 6,500 metres to 10,000 metres per day over the past four years and now run on an extended day shift.
The company already have two other Planer/ Moulders but after recognising the need for more production Jacksons first approached Daltons Wadkin Sales Director Andy Walsh in 2007. After a number of discussions regarding available options, Jacksons’ Operations Director Andy Tune visited the Ligna Exhibition to look at the Kuper range and also took the opportunity of visiting the Kuper factory in Germany. Andy was impressed by the package provided by Kuper, incorporating as it does the economies of a main frame from South East Asia coupled with the finesse and build quality of Kuper in providing electronics, operator functions and engineering quality control.
acksons Fencing, currently in their 63rd year and still under family control, commenced life as a farming business subsequently recognising the opportunity for supplying fencing materials to other farmers in the area, later adding further product lines and developing sites in other areas of the country. In recent years the company has experienced increased demand for its high quality products, boosted by the environmental and economic benefits offered by the company’s unique Jakcure timber treatment process and 25 Year Jakcure Guarantee.
Daltons Wadkin provided the new moulder on a short lead time, delivered it to Ashford, installed and commissioned the machine and provided operator training. Director Andy Walsh commented, “This was an order we had pursued for some three years and it was particularly satisfying to bring the transaction to a conclusion by supplying a well proven quality Planer/Moulder to an old established family business similar to our own. Our marketing strategy involving visits to Kent, several discussions and culminating in a trip to Germany were well rewarded in the end and it is good to have one of these machines operating in this part of the country”.