Staircraft Becomes an i-Joist Manufacturer

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Staircraft, already one of the UK’s largest cut floor kit providers are delighted to announce they are now manufacturing i-Joists under their new brand TRUfloorsystems.

The new i-Joist manufacturing facility, situated in Coventry, enhances a complete integrated solutions service, for staircases and floor systems with all key components manufactured in-house across the group.
Building Regulations compliant, the TRUfloorsystems i-Joist provides all the benefits of lightweight fully engineered timber joists used today by almost all national and regional house builders.
Available in fully designed and packaged house kits with ancillary products, including weather proof decking, or in a full range of longer lengths and depths for 3rd party cutting or fabrication. To maximise efficiency, customers are also offered market leading design software continuously developed within the Group.
Available in depths from 200 to 500mm, in standard lengths of 11and 13M and shorter length specifications, the new i-joist will feature a bespoke OSB web and quality softwood flanges. The new high technology production line will also allow for further innovation and built-in enhanced performance to the standard joist.
To support its own manufacturing plant, Staircraft recently partnered with Masonite-Beams from Sweden, represented in the UK by SODRA. This gives two supply routes guaranteeing availability of product across all customer channels, whilst securing capacity for future growth.
Andy Moore (previously STEICO UK Director) has recently joined the Group to lead a new Division TRUbuildingsystems. Andy said “Staircraft are a class act, with 33 years of delivering innovation in the manufacture, supply and installation of staircases, resulting in Staircraft becoming number 1 in Europe. We’ll take the same innovative, customer-centric approach to grow our share of the i-Joist market, with exciting plans under-way for adjacent categories.”
Andy Hamilton, Staircraft Founder & Managing Director commented “Nothing much has changed since i-Joists were invented 48 years ago, until now! Our investment in a high technology, bespoke production line, enables us to take i-joist performance to a new level. Our new capability will enable us to significantly increase performance by eliminating web joints, the weakest area, greatly improving the web/flange connection strength and even build a camber into the joists to reduce deflection in the floor. This innovation will future proof our offering to the market”.
Staircraft are Europe’s largest manufacturer of staircases, with a capacity to provide 1400 new build homes every week.
The 250-strong team operate from 4 factories in the Midlands, with plans to open 4 more in 2017. In the last 5 years, the team have achieved a 4-fold increase in revenue, which has positioned Staircraft as the 6th fastest growing company in Coventry and Warwickshire over the last 3 years.

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