2017 is a year of celebration for Stannah. This year will mark 150 years since Joseph Stannah founded the business back in 1867, providing cranes and hoists to make things easier in the docks of London. A lot has happened since then – wars, financial crises, the invention of the car, the telephone, space travel – yet some things, like the need to get goods and people from one floor to another and the Stannah family commitment to Joseph’s values of quality and integrity, have not changed.
It’s not always been a smooth ride for the company though, Leslie Stannah had to rebuild the company from scratch after the Second World War and the early 60s saw the business in a precarious position but it was ably rescued by the young Brian and Alan Stannah, who have since built the business in to the household name it is today.
Joseph’s son Albert Stannah developed the company’s designs and marketing operation.
Joseph Stannah moved the business from 20 Southwark Bridge Road to nearby Skin Market Place, Bankside.
The vacuum cleaner is invented by Hubert Booth.
Einstein writes the Theory of Relativity.
First World War.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was established
Albert’s son Leslie Stannah develops his technical knowledge in America before returning to work with other lift manufacturers. Leslie is awarded the King’s Commendation for courage in the face of the enemy becoming Lt Commander L Stannah by the end of the war. The family factory receives a direct hit by a German bomber, putting operations on hold.
Leslie returned to London, rebuilt the factory with the government’s help and manufactured the first post-war lifts and exports to Palestine and Ceylon.
When Leslie (Pop) Stannah rebuilt the family business with around £400. There was no factory left, no plant, no designs, no source of components and no staff
Stannah hired their first apprentice.
There were around 20 people working in the business, today there are over 1700.
Queen Elizabeth II is born on April 21st
Second World War.
Alan Turing develops the code-breaking machine Colossus.
Sputnik I and II are launches by the Russians.
Leslie’s sons Alan and Brian Stannah introduce dumbwaiter and passenger lifts to the product portfolio and open the first service branch.
Stannah Microlifts was started - marketing dumbwaiter lifts
The first successful heart transplant
Neil Armstrong sets foot on the moon.
Stannah manufactures its first stairlift and begins exporting the range in 1979.
Steven Sasson invented the digital camera
The Concorde had its first commercial flight, from London to Bahrain
The MRI machine was invented
Sony introduced the Walkman
Stannah Stairlifts achieves global market leadership and the 1987 Queen’s Award for Export Achievement.
The disposable camera was invented.
DNA first used to convict criminals
The World Wide Web invented by Tim Berners-Lee.
Stannah Stairlifts opens subsidiaries in the USA and Holland and produces its 100,000th stairlift. The division also wins its second Queen’s Award for Export Achievement.
First successful air-balloon ride over the pacific ocean.
Titanic becomes the most successful movie ever.
The Blackberry phone was released
The company unveils its groundbreaking MRC passenger lift, one of the world’s first hydraulic machine-roomless lifts.
The world’s first mass produced hybrid electric vehicle – The Toyota Prius
Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, was launched
The company launches its new access platform lifts and purchases stairlift distributors in France and Belgium.
Camera phones were introduced to consumers
The Mars Exploration Rover was launched
The company opens a new £5m Stannah Stairlift factory in Tyneside.
Global economic downturn begins.
President Obama became the 44th president of the United States
Brian's son Jon Stannah introduces escalators and moving walkways to their product portfolio and their lift service division wins the contract to maintain all Network Rail lifts in the UK.
Water is discovered on the moon.
Apple launches the iPad tablet
Stannah welcomes HRH the Prince of Wales to Stannah on the occasion of the manufacture of their 500,000th stairlift production.
London hosts the 20th Olympic Games.
The company installs lifts and escalators into some major infrastructure projects: King’s Cross, Paddington, London Bridge, Reading, Nottingham and many more station upgrades. Moving walkways are installed in many major supermarkets nationwide. Loading systems for distribution centres are added to their lift services.
20,000 microlifts are sold by Stannah
Prince George was born on 22d July, making him third in line to the British throne
A year of milestones for Stannah as we celebrated 20,000 passenger and platform lifts being sold and 40 years of Stairlifts.