Welcome to Wood Chipping services


Delivering excellent quality and service to the woodchipping industry


Services Offered by the WCS Management and Team

Chipper Maintenance, Inspections and fault finding • Chip Quality Analysis • Chip Sampling Techniques • Knife Grinding Techniques • Chip Screening Operations • Chip Pile Control • Training of Maintenance Personnel on Chipper Maintenance • Training of Ship Loading Personnel • Compiling maintenance schedules for chippers and machinery. • Compiling annual shutdown maintenance schedules. • Training of production Supervisors, ship loading personnel. • Chipping plant Inspections and suggestions on how to improve the production process. • Knife grinding techniques and repairs to grinding machines. • Fully equipped workshop for the repairs to all makes of bed knives and spouts. • Compiling Mill Operational Manuals • Supplying of Chipper Spares

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About Us

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not a single act, but a habit.

A woodchipping pioneer, Alec Franz, arrived in Richards Bay in 1979 to establish the town's first wood chip plant. A prominent business figure, he managed his operations around the world, often being invited to speak and share his expertise at international seminars. Alec retired in 2009 and started his own woodchipping consultancy company, spreading his experience and insight to wood chipping companies around the world. Although extremely well-travelled, Alec’s home and heart remained in Zululand with his family and friends. After the sudden loss of Alec in 2014, his son's, Herman, Carl, Vernon and Alister took over the business and continued to strive for the perfection and service that Alec had always lived by. WCS (Woodchipping Services) is currently contracted to Mondi Business Paper and providing efficient and productive results.



Career Objective: To offer our services, expertise and over 30 years of hands on experience in the wood chip industry Locally and internationally on a consulting or contractual basis to woodchip processing and export operations.

Carl Franz

General Manager
We are committed to health, safety and environmental compliance. Working in partnership with our clients, listening to our employees and keep ahead of changes in the woodchipping industry. Client satisfaction is at the heart of everything we do.

Vernon Franz


Herman Franz


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