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For more than three decades Scanhugger has built reliable machinery for wood waste reduction and utilization. We constantly strive to develop our machines and underlying technology, to be able to offer our customers, the best possible custom shredding solutions to date.


We develop and manufacture machinery related to wood waste reduction and utilization. And done so for more than 30 years. Scanhugger equipment is installed and serviced in woodworking plants all over the world. We run our operations from our production facility in Ikast, Denmark, both for our Scandinavian customers and global partners.

We provide solutions that aim to meet the specific requirements of our customers. And are dedicated to serving their needs. You can always count on fast and efficient assistance from our team in Denmark and from our partners worldwide. We have an up-to-date stock of spare parts for all current models and those no longer in production.

We run our operations with a global network of partners. This ensures that we can service your business the best way possible and minimize any downtime.

As of 2010, Scanhugger became a part of JW Industri A/S and production moved to Ikast, Denmark. The synergy of being a member of the JW-Group, strengthen the Scanhugger brand and has made it possible to expand into new markets.

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Day in, day out performance – when reliability is key. For more than three decades we have designed and improved our solutions. This ensures that our machines are as reliable as your customers expect them to be. We match our machines to the input and output requirements for our customers, every time. No two customers are the same – so why should your shredding solution be? We believe in finding the best solution and do not shy away from building new adaptations to our shredders. This is done by our professional team of engineers and partners.

Service and spare parts from Scanhugger with build quality is insured by craftsmen. Scanhugger wood shredder being build by hand



We don’t do fancy. Every bolt has a purpose. All parts its ideal place. Aligned and perfected over the decades. We build our shredders to the point of over-engineering. Which in turn gives a minimum of maintenance and ensures that you can focus on the important bit – your production.


No two companies are the same – so why should our shredders be? 

Our Scanhugger line-up, coupled with a full range of options and auxiliary equipment enables Scanhugger to build turnkey wood waste utilization systems. We believe in building a solution that matches your requirements the first time. And with more than 30 years of experience in developing and manufacturing machinery related to wood waste reduction and utilization. We are confident in our machines and their capabilities. Our equipment is installed and serviced in woodworking plants all over the world.

Scanhugger complete turnkey wood waste recycling shredder with hopper shredder conveyors, metal separation and hammer mill
Scanhugger being assembled with two band conveyors at production facilities


We do this out of passion.

Scanhugger is built and designed by people that work out of passion. Our experience in developing and manufacturing machinery related to wood waste reduction is more than a job – it’s a lifestyle. We do this all day – every day – and we love it! When working with us you can expect more than regular nine to five. We have a genuine interest in making your wood shredder another Scanhugger-Succes-Story!


From good craftsmanship comes great design.

We are proud of being Danish and the heritage that comes with it. With the immortal design classics from Arne Jacobsen and the great craftsmanship that stems from it too the scientist H. C. Ørsted, we see their ideas resonate well with our passion for development and sense of quality.

Scanhugger base being grinded into shape


Scanhugger was established in Ringkøbing, Denmark in 1970. Within the first few years, Scanhugger was known as a reliable partner for the planning and installation of wood chipper plants. After numerous successful installations for the sawmill and furniture industry in Scandinavia we started to expand our shredder line-up. With a strong foundation within the industry, the development of new technology marked the beginning of a Scanhugger.


Scanhugger was founded by Kai’s father. Originally a carpenter in the beginning of the 1950s where he made everything from furniture to floors. After production the excess of used wood and offcuts started to pile up. He saw that his peers and similarly woodworking plants, where faced with the same issue. In the same time the ricing heating costs demanding something to be done. From this he consequently saw a business opportunity and started working on what was to become Scanhugger.

It is from this humble background we originate and certainly still take our product philosophy: Handcrafted quality above all.


The design and construction of the Scanhugger S-8 tractor mounted (PTO) wood chipper, was the first step into developing the technology to produce wood chippers and shredders. With its sturn buildquality, fast turning blades and portability it was an early succes for Scanhugger.

From the succes the inventions of other core elements of the Scanhugger shredding technology and material handling systems started to emerge.

Scanhugger S10P wood shredder with man feeding it wood, tractor mounted wood shredder
Hopper shredder with auger conveyor full of waste wood


The introduction of the horizontal wood shredder at Ligna 1989, marked the founding-stone of what Scanhugger is today. The general principles of an active PLC controlled Ram-system and rotor design. The unique knife pocket design, he got from his days as a carpenter – is still in use to this day.

The demand for wood shredders was high. The same year as the first HL hopper shredder was introduced, it was installed in numerous sawmills in standinavia, where many is still in use to day. Further development took place and at the 1990 TIMI show in Denmark, a full line of HL hopper shredders was presented. The following year the first HK 35/10 wood scrap guillotine was presented at the Ligna 1991 show.

Many of these models are still in use today and serviced by the Scanhugger team on a regular basis.


By 2010 Scanhugger becomes a part of the JW-Group, and the production moved to Ikast, Denmark. The synergy of being a member of the JW-Group strengthens the Scanhugger brand and maked it possible to expand further in the market.

The development of a new conveyor-system made it possible to produce a full turnkey wood waste shredding system with Scanhugger as the sole manufacture.

Two Scanhugger operatives building a Scanhugger


The Scanhugger dealer network is stretching all over the globe. With our first turnkey system installation in China in 2012 make us a truly global business. With wood shredders running on all five continents and regularly serviced ensures our ability to deliver complete wood waste shredding systems.

The system installed as a complete turnkey system with a wood shredder, re-shredding, and material handling system for a large briquette manufacturing plant.


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