“PROTEX produce a superior quality, well-finished fastening that is ideal for our machinery.” – Tony Turner, Chairman of GreenMech

GreenMech is a leading British manufacturer of arboricultural machines, with the top-selling woodchipper range in Europe.

Founded by engineer and entrepreneur Tony Turner in 1993, it designs, manufactures and markets a range of woodchippers and green waste shredders for professional arborists, landscapers and public authorities all over the world.

Over the last two and a half decades, GreenMech has successfully developed a unique and innovative range of professional machines which are now exported to over 30 countries.

The organisation prides itself on pioneering design and development; its patented Disc-Blade technology and SAFE-Trak system has made GreenMech woodchippers a brand leader in the arboriculture world.

This commitment to quality and innovation is why GreenMech have been using PROTEX toggle latches since the very start, when Tony went looking for a suitable fastening system to close the bonnets of his woodchippers. Fortunately for Tony, his nearest latch manufacturer was PROTEX. He’s not looked back since!

The popular Arborist range uses PROTEX toggle latches to secure the engine case, while the Quad Trak and Quad Chip chippers use a heavy duty toggle latch to secure the turntable mechanism and lock the foldable discharge shoot in place.

“We produce 800-900 machines per year and use thousands of fasteners,” says Tony, “and the fact that we get very little demand for spares is testament to their quality and robustness. He continues: “PROTEX produce a superior quality, well-finished fastening that is ideal for our machinery.”

Tony is a seasoned pacesetter in the world of engineering - in 1963, he developed the world’s first flail hedge and verge mower, named the ‘Hydramower’. It became the standard in the UK for cutting roadside verges and hedges by public authorities and farmers.

Since 2007, GreenMech’s Warwickshire-based factory has expanded by 50 per cent and they now employ more than 85 people including three engineering apprentices. Export sales have doubled since the financial crash of 2008 and, in tandem with that rise, their world-wide sales and support service, through appointed dealerships across four continents, continues to flourish.

Among many its significant achievements are a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2005, followed by a second for Innovation in 2009.

“We are making a top quality British product using parts made in the UK so wouldn’t consider using a cheaper foreign import.” says David. “In the field our machines get a daily pounding, so we need component parts that are up to the job. We’ve never had any issues with PROTEX latches, they are a very good quality.” He adds: “There is always stock availability too which is important to us.”

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Supporting British Manufactures with High Quality Toggle Fasteners

You can also view the wide range of PROTEX toggle latches and handles online. From light duty toggle fasteners, to medium duty and heavy duty toggle latches, but from stock in a range of materials and finishes. We also manufacture and sell PROTEX Catchbolts, ProLatches and a range of handles including spring loaded handles, recessed handles and more.

For more information on how we can help you with your fastening requirement, contact our expert team by calling +44(0)1527 63231 or emailing

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