Stiltz Homelifts

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Stiltz Homelifts
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FoundedSeptember 14, 2010; 11 years ago (2010-09-14) in england
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Stiltz Ltd (Stiltz Elevator) was established on 14th of September 2010 as a private limited company in Reading, Berkshire England by two Australians. They identified a gap in the global home lift market for a compact, self-supporting Home automation for the elderly and disabled persons who couldn’t or wouldn’t use a stairlift. As the aging population continues to increase Global, it was clear an untapped Total addressable market and reflected the desire for Old age instead of moving to Nursing home.

Early Days (2010 -2013)

The United Kingdom was chosen as the preferred base for Stiltz due to the high volume of 2-storey properties, the number of Pensioner and the fact the Target market location could be used as a springboard into Europe. Early assistance was received from the then UK Trade and Investment (now Department for International Trade), in conjunction with the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA).

1st Generation Products

The original Stiltz Home lift was the Duo[1]. This was a solid-sided car which traveled on the company’s signature two freestanding rails using a self-contained drive system powered by a traction motor and Wire rope spooling technology. This was, and still remains, different to any other Elevator or wheelchair lift and contained many of the safety features[2] the company was to become known for.

Following enquiries for a lift suitable for wheelchair users, the company developed the Trio. The Trio ThruCar variant is especially relevant as it features a unique attribute; doors installed on opposing Dumbwaiter. Users can enter and exit the car in the same direction. This is useful for those in a wheelchair. As the range grew, this original lift would become the Classic, the entry-level model. A clear-sided variant, the Vista was also produced in this suite of products. International Export. Early exclusive Partnership were developed with key Business partner in Australia, France[3] and Holland[4].

Expansion (2014 to 2017)

Moving into Business development, Stiltz achieved further expansion in the Germany market by partnering with Liftstar; Germany’s largest Mobility aid. Also in 2014, Stiltz opened a United States office backed by a local market Stiltz website[5]. In 2015 a sales office was established in Guiseley in West Yorkshire and due to rapid growth in 2016, the Headquarters was relocated to The Pensnett Estate in Kingswinford. Export was identified as key to business growth, in addition to [6] in Cologne, Germany and the USA office in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania smaller distributors in New Zealand[7], The Philippines[8], India[9], Kenya[10] and Malaysia were added.

2nd Generation Products

In 2016 the Duo+ (Duo Alta[11] in the USA) was New product development as the Premium pricing top-of-the-range model. The Duo+ was designed to be a more attractive, premium product and the colourway and styling reflected this. In 2017 the Trio+[12] (Trio [13]Alta in the USA) was introduced. This product was a larger, fully wheelchair-accessible[14] home lift and included a ramped floor to make entrance and exit easier, plus an automatic door option. In mid-2019 a 6m travel Trio+[15] came to market meaning for the first time a Stiltz Homelift could travel over 3 floors.

New Team and Continued Growth (2018 – date)

As of 2020, Stiltz has a global network of Dealer and Reseller as well as three sales, marketing, and administration offices plus warehousing in the UK, a US headquarters in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, USA and a manufacturing and marketing base in Kunshan, China. As of Q4 2020, the company employs in excess of 250 staff globally. Stiltz Home Lifts are now available in close to 40 countries. Key international websites drive sales in markets which include China[16], Japan[17], Portugal[18], Spain[19], Ireland[20] and Italy[21].

Donations and Business Awards

Donations

In 2019, Stiltz Donation a Trio+ Homelift to the BBC programme DIY SOS to help a young woman with cerebral palsy live with her sister instead of having to go into care.

Business Awards

National awards include:

Sunday Times SME Export Track 100 [22] 2017, 2018 and 2019

Sunday Times Fast Track 100 2019

Financial Times 1000 Fastest Growing Companies 2019 and 2020

Lloyds Bank National Business Awards: Exporter of the Year 2019

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2020

Accreditations and product certifications

Stiltz holds the following National and international accreditations:

Which? Trusted Trader status

Member of the British Healthcare Trades Association[23] (BHTA)

CE mark showing accreditation to:

Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU

Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive 2004/108/EEC

Liftinstituut

ASME accreditation in the USA

EN81 50:2020[24]

BS EN ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System - Stiltz Certificate

ISO 45001: 2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems

BS EN ISO 14001:2005 Environmental Management System

Independent Citations

Bracknell News[25]. Wokingham mother and former Rams RFC rugby player changes life after back injury.

The Mirror. [26] 'I lost both legs when Royal Mail van ploughed into hotel - but I'm a lucky man'.

Thiis.[27] Customer insight will drive next generation of homelifts reveals Stiltz’ new product specialist.

The OT Magazine[28] Homelift video goes viral.

Access Mobility Professional.[29] Growing dealer network prompts supplier to launch 24/7 technical support service.

Which?[30] Trusted Traders.

Lloyds Bank National Business Awards[31].

Thiis.[32]Q&A with Lachlan Faulkner, Founder and Chief Commercial Officer of Stiltz

References

  1. "Stiltz company website - About Stiltz Duo". Stiltz.
  2. "AT Today". AT Today. 14 February 2019.
  3. "Stiltz France company website". Stiltz.
  4. "Stiltz Holland company website". Stiltz.
  5. "Stiltz USA website". Stiltz.
  6. "Liftstar company website". Liftstar.
  7. "Stiltz New Zealand company website". Stiltz.
  8. "Stiltz Philippines company website". Stiltz.
  9. "Stiltz India company website". Stiltz.
  10. "Stiltz Kenya company website". Stiltz.
  11. "Stiltz USA company website". Stiltz.
  12. "Stiltz company website - Trio overview". Stiltz.
  13. "Stiltz USA company website - Trio lift".
  14. "The OT Magazine". 17 September 2018.
  15. "Designers and Architects can reach the distance as Stiltz Homelifts reach new heights". Home Design and Architects. 24 June 2019.
  16. "Stiltz China company website". Stiltz.
  17. "Stiltz Japan company website". Stiltz.
  18. "Stiltz Portugal company website". Stiltz.
  19. "Stiltz Spain company website". Stiltz.
  20. "Stiltz Ireland company website". Stiltz.
  21. "Stiltz Italy company website". Stiltz.
  22. "Big lift in exports secures Stiltz' place as one of Britain's fastest-growing SMEs". Thiis. 4 June 2019.
  23. "BHTA website". British Healthcare Trades Association.
  24. "BSI". BSI.
  25. "Wokingham mother and former Rams RFC rugby player changes life after back injury". Bracknell News. 31 January 2020.
  26. "'I lost both legs when Royal Mail van ploughed into hotel - but I'm a lucky man'". The Mirror. 15 October 2019.
  27. "Customer insight will drive next generation of homelifts reveals Stiltz' new product specialist". Thiis.
  28. "Homelift video goes viral". The OT Magazine. 30 July 2019.
  29. "Growing dealer network prompts supplier to launch 24/7 technical support service". Access Mobility Professional. 15 July 2019.
  30. "Trusted Traders". Which?.
  31. "Lloyds Bank". National Business Awards. 15 November 2019.
  32. "Q&A with Lachlan Faulkner, Founder and Chief Commercial Officer of Stiltz". Thiis. 20 May 2020.

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