Stannah Lifts

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Stannah Lifts Holdings
Industry Elevators
Founded London, England (1867 (1867))
Headquarters Andover, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Area served
Key people
Alan Stannah
Brian Stannah
Jon Stannah
(Managing director)
Products Stairlifts
Passenger lifts
Platform lifts
Moving walkways
Dumb waiters (microlifts)
Services Maintenance, repair, and operations
Revenue GBP 183,426,000 (2009) [1]
Profit GBP 9,671,000 (2009) [1]
Number of employees
1700 (2011)
Subsidiaries Stannah Stairlifts
Stannah Microlifts
Stannah Lift Services

Stannah Lifts Holdings Ltd is a manufacturer of lifts based in Andover, Hampshire. Founded in 1867 in London as a crane and hoist manufacturer, the company began to produce lifts shortly after. Although varying types of lifts are manufactured by the company, it is best known for its stairlifts with which the company's name has become synonymous.[2]

The company headquarters and stairlift division are located within the Portway Industrial Estate on the western outskirts of Andover. Its microlift division is located in a separate building within the same estate, whilst its passenger lift division is located near to the town centre.[3] The company also operates a factory in Newburn, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne,[4] and its escalator division is based in Norwich.[5] Stannah Lifts is ranked #223 on the 2012 edition of the Top Track 250 list of companies published by The Sunday Times.[6]


The company was founded in London in 1867 by Joseph Stannah, who had worked as an engineer since the 1820s.[7] Initially a manufacturer of cranes and hoists for transporting ships' cargo, the company began to make hand-powered passenger lifts at the turn of the 20th century.[8] Its first headquarters were located on Southwark Bridge Road, before moving to Bankside in the early 20th century. The company remained here until the site was destroyed during the London Blitz. The chairman at the time, Leslie Stannah, built new headquarters at Tiverton Street, Southwark using compensation money awarded to the company.[9]

Stannah Lifts moved from London to Andover in 1974, produced its first stairlift the following year, and began exporting in 1979.[2] From there, it established itself as the leading manufacturer of stairlifts worldwide, as well as Britain's largest lift manufacturer.[9] Subsidiaries were opened in the United States and The Netherlands in 1992, and Slovakia in 2003. The company also purchased distributors in Ireland in 2005, and Norway in 2010.[2] The company produced its 500,000th stairlift in February 2011 during a visit by the Prince of Wales to the Andover headquarters.[8]


Stairlift division[edit]

The company's stairlift division manufactures new stairlifts for purchase or rental, as well as reconditioning pre-used units. Five models are produced for both straight, curved and external staircases, with all units run on a rail fitted to the stair tread and powered via a mains-charged battery.[10] The lift is controlled by a control pod or a joystick attached to the arm of the seat (depending on the model), together with a remote controller. All models are fitted with a seatbelt and safety edges, which will stop the lift if an obstruction is encountered. The Solus and Sofia models are also fitted with a seat load sensor, which prevents movement of the lift unless the occupant is safely seated.[11]

Access & Passenger lift division[edit]

The company provides a range of passenger and platform lifts.

Inclined platform lifts - Stairiser inclined platform lifts are an access solution if a building cannot accommodate a vertical lift. A Stairiser carries one person safely over a straight or curved stairway, seated in a wheelchair or on the seat provided on the lift. When the lift is not in use it folds neatly away to leave the stairway free for pedestrian use.[12]

Vertical platform lifts - Midilifts are designed to provide an easy alternative to the stairs for travel up to 12 metres. Four product ranges are available: Lowriser, a simple low rise open platforms for wheelchair users; Midilift SL, standard platform lifts and the Midilift SLplus and Midilift XLplus, their top-of-the-range cabin platform lifts. All Midilifts are supplied either in a skeleton structure or with their own structure-supported enclosure, which can be fitted with either steel or glass panels, or a combination of the two. Quick and easy to install, vertical platform lifts require a minimum of builders' work, making them extremely cost-effective access solutions.[13]

Passenger lifts - Maxilift 2.0 Range: from 6-13 persons - For low/medium rise and medium use for travel up to 15m. The lift system is either wall-mounted or supported by an independent structure, [14] and is powered by either a conventional lift motor (mounted in a separate lift motor room), a hydraulic drive system or a traction motor.[15]

The Xtralift range is designed for high-use applications and is available in six standard models for between 17 persons / 1250 kg and 33 persons / 2500 kg. Lifts in this range are fitted within a modular structure and driven by a traction motor.[16]

Service & Goods lift division[edit]

The Goodsmaster range of goods lift is produced in a number of sizes, with a maximum capacity of 1500 kg. These are structure-supported systems provided with a load weighing device and alarm, and can be manned or unmanned. Unmanned lifts are controlled by a control panel installed at each floor level, with manned lifts having a panel located in the cabin.[17] The Trolleylift range is of a similar specification, but with a maximum capacity of 300 kg.[18] The Microlift range of dumb waiters has rated capacities of 50 kg and 100 kg, and is available in models designed for restricted headrooms and spaces. This includes a 'double decker' version, incorporating two cars in a single shaft.[19]

Escalator division[edit]

The company's escalator division produces escalators and moving walkways, which are available as horizontal or inclined units.[20]

Lift Servicing[edit]

Stannah has set up a nationwide network of 11 service branches in the United Kingdom to provide maintenance and repair for thousands of lifts, from all manufacturers. The company currently has more than 360 employees and provides maintenance for over 84,000 lift products nationwide.[21]


Since its foundation, the company has remained a family-run business. At present, six fifth-generation members of the family maintain a 100% shareholding in the company.[22][23][24] Stannah Lifts was officially incorporated as a Private Limited Company in March 1961.[1] In December 2009, the company reported an annual turnover of £183,426,000 and a profit of £9,671,000.[1]


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  1. ^ a b c d "STANNAH LIFTS HOLDINGS LIMITED". Worksmart. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Case Study - Stannah" (PDF). Superbrands. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Stannah - Contact Us". Stannah Lifts. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Stannah Stairlifts lifted by £500,000-a-year contract". NE Business. 8 November 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Contact Stannah Lifts". Stannah Lifts. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
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  7. ^ "Company Report 2010" (PDF). Stannah Lifts. 2010. p. 7. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Prince Charles makes Stannah stairlift visit". BBC News. 21 February 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "From Blackfriars to Stairlifts - How Stannah Started Out in Southwark". Southwark News. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Your questions answered". Stannah Stairlifts. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "Stairlift comparison chart". Stannah Stairlifts. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
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  15. ^ "Hydraulic & traction Drive Systems". Stannah Lifts. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  16. ^ "Xtralift". Stannah Lifts. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  17. ^ "Stannah Goodsmaster". Stannah Lifts. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  18. ^ "Stannah Trolleylift". Stannah Lifts. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  19. ^ "Stannah Microlifts". Stannah Lifts. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  20. ^ "Escalators & Moving Walkways". Stannah Lifts. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  21. ^ "Stannah Lift Service Branches". Stannah Lifts. 
  22. ^ "Company profile - Stannah Lifts". Top Track 250. October 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  23. ^ "Stannah rolls 500,000 lift off production line". Barbour. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  24. ^ "Who we are and what we believe in". Stannah Lifts. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  25. ^ "Stannah Lifts Ltd". Barbour Product Search. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  26. ^ "Queen's Award for Enterprise 2010". Stannah Lifts. 21 April 2010. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 

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