The history of Timesavers International

Timesavers international can trace its origins back as far as 1939 when Arie van der Linden started a repair shop for woodworking machinery in Rotterdam in The Netherlands. By 1953 the company had gone on to also specializing in stroke sander and drum sander machinery, and by 1963 wide-belt sanders have been added to the array of abrasive equipment being produced. From the 1970s the company started working not only with wood but also with metals, aluminium, carbon and stainless steels.

Twenty years later saw the start of Timesavers International BV in 1996 which took care of all Timesavers activities in the world with the exception of the north American continent. The company had become the world market leader in wide-belt sanding and grinding machines for wood and metal applications.

Up till 2000 Timesavers was equally involved in wood and metals. Hereafter, the decision was made to concentrate more on metals. In Europe more than 90% of the company’s current business comes from the metal industry.

By 2003 the company had further improved its world leadership position in metal deburring, and finishing wide-belt machines, whilst at the same time going on to produce new high precision calibrating machines and wet coil finishing lines.”

Today, in 2016 the company specializes in a broad selection machines for grinding, finishing, precision grinding, and deburring metal plates. In some cases this involves removing as little as a few microns from the surface of the material with great accuracy. In other cases, it may mean taking away anything up to several millimeters from a plate all at once. And nowadays the company operates from three facilities – one in Minneapolis in the USA where the majority of the company’s woodworking machines are still constructed, Goes where the medium duty, heavy duty and special metal machines are made, and Taiwan where standard machines are built.

Research & Development is nowadays embedded in the roots of the organization, constantly leading to new innovations; both in machine solutions and customers / markets to be served. Most recently this lead to the development of the new 81 series Precision Grinding machines, suitable for calibration up to 0,02 mm precise. Another noteworthy achievement  is the winning of the prestigious REDDOT Award for industrial design in 2016.

With unmatched service and support, over 50,000 machines in the field today, and factory trained independent dealers and agents you can be sure that Timesavers will deliver “The finest finish in the world” and is ready for the future!