After 60 successful years in North East London they are now well established in North East Essex and are continuing to go from strength to strength.
Not only have they invested extensively in new factory plant and state of the art machinery to complement the traditional skills of the Shadbolt craftsman, their ongoing R&D programme has resulted in a range of new products designed to broaden their appeal throughout all sectors of the interior construction market; a summary can be found on the Design Innovation section of their website.
They are roughly 15 minutes from London Stansted and welcome a visit from anyone who may care to see their new home – they are confident that you will not be disappointed!
Frederick Robert Shadbolt founded the family firm of F R Shadbolt & Sons Ltd in London in 1884, producing decorative inlays for the furniture trade. In 1900 their first veneering service was offered to cabinet makers following the installation of a hand press. This innovative investment in machinery was to become the foundation of the company's future expansion. In 1947 they moved to London's North Circular Road at Chingford, and the third generation of the family took over the running of the business.
In the 1960s and 1970s they developed the high performance architectural and building products which are now their main output. They also built up their stock of decorative veneers for which the company has become so well known. By the end of the 1970s the third generation handed over to the fourth. Since then, the current directors have continued to modernise the business, with the emphasis on guaranteed customer service which is second to none within the industry. The century old foundations upon which the company stands will enable them to continue building in the 21st century.
Their move to Braintree (close to the M11 and Stansted Airport) has enabled them to introduce further enhancement of their manufacturing facilities.
-Computer numerical control (CNC) of manufacturing processes.
-Fully integrated computerised bar code system - every manufactured item is assigned a unique identity with bar coding, allowing it to be tracked through the factory in real time.
-Investment in new cutting, sanding and finishing equipment, with a greatly expanded finishing shop.
-Automatic handling equipment for a safer working environment.
-All wood waste is now burned on site to heat the factory, reducing the need for landfill disposal.