Whilst vast swathes of UK industry remained in lockdown, EPS Services & Tooling Ltd has continued to support all of their customers who have stayed open during the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s what you’d expect from a business that’s been operating at the cutting edge of the timber industry for 37 years as Nick Palmer, MD of the company since 2011, explained: “We service an industry that never sleeps. As long as we have timber to cut, we will have the cutting edge and the technology to process it”.
“We have continued to operate since the covid-19 virus struck but have clearly changed our working processes in alignment with government policy,” added Nick who took over EPS after almost three decades with Ford, Suzuki and Mitsubishi. He knows a thing or two about machinery!
EPS was founded by Mike and Ann Edwards back in 1983. It operates out of two sites at opposite ends of the UK with its headquarters and main centre of operations Somerset and a modern 6000sq ft facility in Kirkcaldy, Fife. It currently employs a skilled and diverse workforce that’s just shy of 40 people.
Nick went on: “We focus on the manufacturing and servicing of wide bandsaws and the servicing of circular saws and industrial knives throughout the UK. We aim to deliver precision engineering that improves performance for all our customers. For our larger customers we also offer industry-leading reporting on their tooling performance that helps them control their own business processes more effectively.
“Each bandsaw can be individually numbered and reported showing running time, feed speed, saw pulley number, species cut and reasons for any unscheduled change. The full service history also forms part of the reporting withsharpening, tensioning, re-tipping covered as well as the recording of cracks and butt welds.
“Taken together, our reporting helps produce a picture of performance over time and allows our customers to assess the efficiency of their own equipment.
“In addition we run an efficient weekly UK-wide delivery and collection service, primarily with our own fleet of vans and are flexible enough with our labour to have the capacity to support variable demand over the year .
“We are the only wide bandsaw producer in the UK to source our steel directly from the manufacturer. Holding over 50 tons of steel at any one time, we have the flexibility to immediately respond to customer demand.”
Their list of customers is impressive and growing and includes household names such as Northern Ireland-based Balcas, Pontrilas, James Jones, Gordons of Nairn, Taylormade, Ellis, Premier Group, Woodfab and East Brothers.
“With 2019 turnover up 6% we believe we are effectively achieving our defined goals of excellence and quality, safety and reliability, success and integrity but everything is always a work in progress,” added Nick who oversaw a recent major move to new facilities at a 20,000sq ft site in Wiveliscombe as well as breaking through into the lucrative US market.
EPS registered their trademark in the USA in 2018 and have already secured supply agreements for North America including a five-year distribution contract with Bostonbased Sharp Tools and a supply agreement with Sierra Pacific on the West Coast. EPS also export to Poland supporting two bandsaw operations in Wroclaw and Suwalki.
“We now have 26,000 sq. ft of modern manufacturing capacity at our disposal, over our two sites, with over £1 million of state-ofthe- art CNC machinery, primarily sourced from Volmer, to ensure our processes are at forefront of technology. EPS now has the capacity to service over 2,500 bandsaws each month.
“We welcome visits from businesses and potential customers wanting to see how we do things both in Somerset and Fife and believe wholeheartedly that we have the capacity, skills and technology to support the timber industry for whatever life throws at us,” concluded Nick.
The message is clear. EPS are determined to support their customers to keep the UK timber industry rolling.
Tel: 01984 624273 www.eps-services.co.uk