Australians Cameron Gillespie and Lachlan Faulkner move to the UK to start Stiltz Lifts, and at the same time Peter and James Gillespie move to China to set up a factory.
The 2-person Duo Classic, the first Stiltz Home Lift model, is sold to a UK customer. The business is underway.
Reaching across the Atlantic
With home lifts gaining ground in the UK, now is the time to expand into overseas markets with the opening of their US office.
A new north of England office opens in Leeds. This office is home to the self-contained consumer sales team headed up by industry specialist, Michael Loftus.
Stiltz ships its first orders to new distributor Liftstar, the largest mobility services provider in Germany and starts to ship to France and the Netherlands.
Having outgrown their facility yet again, a new purpose-built factory is commissioned in Shanghai, China with state-of-the-art manufacturing in place from the start.
Head office relocation
The head office relocates to the West Midlands. Customer service, training and technical teams are established. The Berkshire location continues as the South of England office.
Stiltz reaches further still
More approved distributors are added in key markets in Europe as well New Zealand, India and Malaysia.
Stiltz scoops several industry awards including Team of The Year, Building and Facilities Company of the Year and importantly, achieve 7th place in the SME Export Track 100 List.
An all-new home lift
The new Duo+ Home Lift launches. Technologically and aesthetically superior to the original Classic range, this lift is also accredited to international quality and safety standards.
The team is in place
To support the board, a recruitment drive takes place and new staff and management are engaged to complete the team ready to take the business to the next level.
The new Trio+ Home Lift is launched. Trio+ will take a full-sized wheelchair and sets the standard for the new generation of home lifts.