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Our Team

Steve Milburn

Managing Director - Hansa Products Europe GmbH

Martin Vogel

Managing Director - Hansa Global

Our Reputation

 

Hansa Heritage

Founded by Manfred, the next generation of Hansforming is led by son Martin, inheriting his fathers ingenuity. Growing up alongside Hansa, Martin developed a passion for Engineering. And after following his father’s footsteps to complete an engineering degree, he officially joined Hansa in 2002, but has been involved in Hansa since day one.

 

Dependable for a Lifetime

Whether it’s a hired machine, a personal purchase or a business investment, we believe in providing the best chipping experience. That’s why our chippers come with a 3 year warranty on registration, and we have developed ongoing service and support systems to keep you chipping for a lifetime. As a testament to the pride that our customers feel for their chippers, we’ve met many long-time users who love their ‘Hansa’ and heard many great success stories over the years. Such is the workmanship and quality of our machines that we can still find working units of early model chippers that were made by Hansa 40 years ago.

 

Hansforming Landscapes

 

Making a Difference

As the second-generation owner and director, Martin has seen Hansa’s growth first-hand and found that many of Hansa’s best innovations came from listening to customers. That’s why at Hansa we make a point to ensure that everyone in the Hansa family – including staff and customers – makes
a difference. To this day, the design team works to involve customer feedback into every Hansa design.

 

Pride in Your Work

As proud as we are about the chippers we produce, we know they need to earn their keep while they’re in your hands. So, whether you’re tending your own gardens, working as a landscaper, a professional arborist or other commercial user, our chippers are all designed to make tough work enjoyable. It’s not just about getting the job done, but the experience of doing it well, and doing it better – using less time, less people, and having less down-time. Our customers are people like us, people who take pride in their work and have an appreciation for a job done well.

 

Forward Thinking

 

Sharper Production

As specialists in chippers, we must offer a superior product to ensure we remain competitive to mass manufacturers. That’s why all our machines are of our own design and use the latest manufacturing technologies in our engineering and production including: Solidworks 3D Design, CNC machining, Laser-cutting, CNC folding, Robot welding and in-house powder-coating facilities. Our dedication to production quality helps us stand apart from others and produce unmatched durability of  finish.


Sustainable ambition

With the long lifespan of our products, our customers don’t buy replacements often. To maintain this quality our sustainable approach is to grow our exports so that more people can enjoy the very best chippers we can make – without compromise. We also believe in environmental sustainability. Our chippers are built to be as efficient as possible and are finished with a non-toxic surface. Our customers are people who believe in re-using their woodchip as mulch for a socially responsible approach to greenwaste that adds value back into the landscape.

 

Milestones in our history

Origins of Hansa

While working as a mechanical engineer, founder Manfred Vogel saw a opportunity to develop garden chippers, but the company he worked for wasn't interested so he decided to start building his own and fulfill his dream of owning his own business.

Hansa's first home

With limited resources Manfred drew up his own designs at his kitchen counter and built his first chipper inside an old derelict honey shed in small town Ohaupo, New Zealand.

The First Hansa

Manfred's first design was a chipper shredder - affectionately called "the box" for its shape

Move to Grasslands Pl

Hansa grew, and required more space, so Hansa moved into a workshop at Grasslands Place, Hamilton

First Fieldays Tradeshow

Hansa attended their first Tradeshow - the National Fieldays - which is the largest agricultural event in the Southern Hemisphere that still runs annually to this day.

First workshop extension

With steady growth, Hansa soon required a building extension for more chipper shredders and workshop space.

First Hansa Drum Chipper

This drum chipper was soon followed by designs of larger diesel powered models designed for use by garden contractors.

First Export order to Australia

Hansa first export order, enabling Hansa's chipper shredders to be sold into Australia via a local distributor.

C6 Chipper

Demonstrated by the Vogel family, the C6 chipper is one of Hansa's most popular models - later superseded by the Hansa C7.

First Hydraulic Feed Chipper

Further developing their range, Hansa also started building hydraulic model chippers. The first is the Hansa C25, which is now superseded by the Hansa C27 chipper.

Move to Tawn Place

Outgrowing the Grasslands Place Workshop, Hansa moves into a new Factory at Tawn Place Hamilton.

First container to Europe

Hansa's first container of EU model chippers sent to the Netherlands.

Direct sales to Australia

Hansa establishes Brisbane based facilities and a local team to enable direct sales into Australia. Australian customers, can now enjoy full access to the Hansa range, including commercial machines that were previously unavailable through the local distributor, and dedicated support for our dealerships across the country.

Global Headquarters

After 2 years of planning and 1 year of build, the Hansa team moves into its global headquarters. The new building is purpose built and designed to meet Hansa's growing export demands in both Australia and Europe.

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