Bedmax Company Timeline

  • Launch of Retailer of the Year Award

    Launch of Retailer of the Year Award

    This is a proud year for BEDMAX Shavings as it marks its 20th anniversary since the first horse bedding shavings came off the production line.  To celebrate, and to acknowledge its loyal supplier customers over the years, it has announced its inaugural  BEDMAX Retailer of the Year Awards.

  • 20 Years

    20 Years

    BEDMAX Marks 20 years since production started.

  • BEDMAX awarded Northumberland & Tyneside Manufacturer of the Year Award.

    BEDMAX awarded Northumberland & Tyneside Manufacturer of the Year Award.

    We were delighted to receive this regional award for a three-year programme of ‘Operational Excelence’ improvements that have dramatically improved the productivity and efficiency of all three BEDMAX factories in Northumberland, Nottinghamshire and Hampshire.

  • BEDMAX Awarded the 2020 BETA Export Award

    BEDMAX Awarded the 2020 BETA Export Award

    Recognition from UK’s Equestrian Trade Association for outstanding export growth that has now taken a proudly British equestrian product to customers across Europe, the Middle East, to Hong Kong and mainland China, Thailand and most recently in Australia.

  • BEDMAX confirmed in BETA Survey as “ Strongest Brand of Bedding”

    BEDMAX confirmed in BETA Survey as “ Strongest Brand of Bedding”

    Ever since 2011, the British Equestrian Trade Association’s four-yearly National Equine Survey has confirmed that BEDMAX is the best selling brand of purpose made bedding, winning the trust of a steadily growing share of the UK’s horse owners.

  • BEDMAX granted a Royal Warrant from HRH The Prince of Wales

    BEDMAX granted a Royal Warrant from HRH The Prince of Wales

    Adding the Royal Warrant from The Prince of Wales to the Queen’s Royal Warrant we first received in 2008 makes BEDMAX one of the very few companies in the British equestrian sector to hold two of these coveted honours.

  • 2017 Young Rider Scholar

    2017 Young Rider Scholar

    Sophie Hall is appointed as the Young Rider Scholar for 2017.

  • FIBREMAX Launched

    FIBREMAX Launched

    Launch of our new FIBREMAX recycled wood fibre bedding brand. Production of BEDMAX, LITTLEMAX, STOCKMAX and HOTMAX passes the 30 million bag milestone.

  • Launch of Online Training Resource with British Grooms Association

    Launch of Online Training Resource with British Grooms Association

    BEDMAX collaborates with the British Groom’s Association to develop online training that offers bedding and stable management best practice aimed at raising greater understanding of the key part this plays in equine health and welfare.

  • £750K Investment

    £750k invested in production plant and systems to improve and develop the quality of our products.

  • First Young Rider Scholar Announced

    First Young Rider Scholar Announced

    Elspeth Jamieson appointed as first Young Rider Scholar.

  • Royal Warrant

    Royal Warrant

    BEDMAX is re-awarded the Queen’s Royal Warrant.

  • Bestselling according to BETA. Again.

    BETA & Horse & Hound Surveys confirm BEDMAX as the bestselling brand of equine bedding in the UK.

  • Launch of BEDMAX Young Rider Scholarship of the Year

    BEDMAX offers an outstanding Young Rider a year’s support to join our mission to promote the better bedding message, and boost their own progress in their own equestrian field of Eventing, Dressage or Showumping.

  • Launch of STOCKMAX Pine Shavings

    Launch of STOCKMAX Pine Shavings

    Our 100% pine, naturally antibacterial shavings are winning high praise from farmers using them instead of straw at lambing time, and from game chick rearers and poultry keepers – the ideal hygienic bedding for any young of kennelled animals.

  • 1.2 million bags…

    Production of BEDMAX and LITTLEMAX shavings exceeds 1.2 million bags in the last 12 months.

  • Export Award

    Her Majesty The Queen renews the BEDMAX Royal Warrant. BEDMAX wins the BETA UKTI Export Award.

  • Bestselling brand in the UK

    Bestselling brand in the UK

    BETA & Horse & Hound Surveys identify BEDMAX as the bestselling brand of equine bedding in the UK. 

  • Littlemax arrives

    Littlemax arrives

    LITTLEMAX fine shavings begin production.

  • Ten million bags

    Total production passes the 10 million bag milestone.

  • Launch of HOTMAX Fuel Logs

    Launch of HOTMAX Fuel Logs

    Every year we extract thousands of tonnes of dust from our shavings, and now we’re recycling this waste byproduct into high energy natural wood fuel logs ideal for winter warming fires and woodburners, or summer firepits and campfires.

  • Patchington Plant Opens

    Our third BEDMAX production plant opens at Patchington in Hampshire.

  • Royal Warrant

    Royal Warrant

    BEDMAX is granted a Royal Warrant by appointment to Her Majesty The Queen.

  • Bedmax Lorry

    Bedmax Lorry

    Corgi produce a BEDMAX lorry!

  • Festival of British Eventing

    Festival of British Eventing

    Bedmax provide bedding at The Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park, and remains the bedding choice today.

  • Bedmax at Burghley

    Bedmax at Burghley

    Bedmax provide the bedding at Burghley Horse Trials, and remain the bedding choice today.

  • Bedmax at Badminton

    Bedmax at Badminton

    BEDMAX is the official choice of bedding at Badminton Horse Trials for the first time. It still is.

  • Export to Europe

    Export to Europe

    Sales begin in France, following in Germany, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

  • Second plant built

    Second plant built

    Our second purpose-built BEDMAX plant begins production at Caunton in Nottinghamshire.

  • International

    International

    The first shipment of BEDMAX arrives at Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong.

  • Production begins…

    Production begins…

    Production of BEDMAX large flake dust-free pine shavings begins at Greymare in a purpose built plant.

  • Bedding research begins

    Bedding research begins

    Research begins into the best material, specification and production process for a dust-free bedding to match HAYMAX.

  • Haymax developed at Greymare Farm

    Haymax developed at Greymare Farm

    Tim Smalley develops HAYMAX at Greymare Farm – pioneering, dust-free, controlled-protein haylage for horses for the UK racing industry.