Steelite International Under New Ownership

Steelite International Under New Ownership

Steelite International, leading manufacturer of tabletop products for the catering and hospitality industry, have been acquired by John Miles and PNC Riverarch Capital.

John Miles has been appointed as CEO of Steelite International, “Having worked in the business for twenty years and served as president of the Americas division for the past eleven years, it fills me with immense pride to have made this personal investment alongside PNC Riverarch.

“Steelite International is known as the leader in the hospitality tableware industry and our goal is to continue that leadership through the introduction of new, creative and innovative products. We will continue the investment in the manufacturing sector to improve efficiencies, service levels and provide value added to our customers. I look forward to working with our management team to grow and improve the business.”

Michael Rost, Managing Director of PNC Riverarch, commented, “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to partner with John Miles and Steelite. The company’s focus on product quality, innovation, and customer service has driven strong brand recognition and attractive financial performance.”

As a result of the acquisition, Former Steelite CEO Kevin Oakes has acquired Royal Crown Derby after a 39 year tenure at Steelite International.

Kevin Oakes said, “Steelite International has been my life’s work and I am honoured to have been part of such a committed and passionate team. I firmly believe that Steelite International is the best in the world and the people, products and company values are testament to this collective success.

“I now look forward to an exciting future working with Steelite International who will represent Royal Crown Derby in the hospitality market.”

Henry Stephenson, Managing Director of Stephensons catering equipment suppliers, said, “We have a fantastic relationship with Steelite and look forward to a prosperous future with them.

“I would especially like to thank Kevin Oakes and say what a fantastic job he has done at Steelite. Kevin has been a pleasure to work with and I wish him every success with Royal Crown Derby.”

Steelite Under New Ownership- Steelite Craft

Steelite International report record breaking orders

Steelite International report record breaking orders

British crockery manufacturer, Steelite International has seen a record breaking number of orders in 2014. 

Following a £3.8 million factory investment, Steelite International has engaged 24/7 operation across the factory which includes decoration, kiln, glazing and selection functions.

Steelite International UK Sales Manager, Simon Cork said: “We are receiving record breaking incoming orders which are fantastic for the company and for future employment in the local area and 2014 has continued to be an extremely busy year for Steelite International.”

The Stoke-on-Trent crockery manufacturer also has plans under review for further expansion.

“We aim to supply the best possible table top products and service to our customers,” Simon added.

Steelite crockery, which is available at Stephensons catering equipment suppliers, is comprised of Steelite Performance – a collection of smart, functional and affordable crockery – and Steelite Distinctionfine china boasting elegance, style and strength.

Steelite last week won the Employer of The Year Award at the National Business Awards 2014 alongside Sainsbury’s, Ikea, ITV and Samsung, who were also finalists.

Due to the popularity of Steelite crockery, the company has published a list of maximum lead times for products out-of-stock, although there is some flexibility for customers that require crockery urgently.

Steelite range Lead time
Taste (squares & recs) 40 days
Craft (all colours) 40 days
Freestyle 40 days
Teramessa (all colours) 40 days
Taste (full range) 30 days
Custom specials:Badge/band/TT 50 days + depending on quantity 
Torino 40 days
Naturals 40 days
Koto 40 days
Red Marina 40 days

For more information about Steelite International crockery contact our Customer Services team on 0161 483 6256.

The Steelite International factory now functions 24/7 to meet the record breaking demand.

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Steelite Craft White Crockery Range

Steelite Craft White Crockery Range

As an innovative catering equipment supplier we are proud to announce that Steelite Craft White is now available.

Craft White is the latest colour to be added to the Steelite Craft collection and is designed to complement the existing TerracottaBrownBlueGreen, and Grey, Craft colours.

Described by Steelite International as contemporary and timeless, traditional and edgy, Craft White embodies a contemporary expression of heritage inspired, authentic, hand decorated ware. A pure white glaze is individually applied, leaving subtle tell-tale signs of the crafts-person’s artistry. Reactive firing effects enrich the surface texture and contrast beautifully with the pristine whiteness of the underlying glaze.

Craft White can be intermixed with any of the Craft colours to create a truly unique and individual crockery collection.

Steelite International Marketing Director, Heather Lovatt said: “Our researchers tell us that catering establishments require crockery which will deliver a meal and create an atmosphere to suit the characteristics of individual pubs, bars and restaurants.

“You can dramatically enhance your food presentation by adding just one Craft piece to your plain white crockery. The beauty of Craft crockery is that you do not have to buy into a complete range. You can actually take a plain white plate from Freestyle or Taste and mix it with any of the coloured pieces from Craft.

“You don’t have to invest into a complete concept, instead simply add hotspots of colour and serve signature pieces on Craft to add exclusivity to your food presentation.”

Part of the Steelite Performance range, Craft crockery is highly strong and durable and is covered with a lifetime edge chip warranty. As with all Performance ware, the Craft collection is oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe. This collection also benefits from thermal shock resistance, glaze damage resistance, stain resistance, heat and chill resistance.

Come along to our catering equipment showroom to see the new Craft range; be inspired by the lustrous glazes and intermix the different colours and ranges for yourself to create the ideal tabletop collection for your establishment.

For more information contact us on 0161 483 6256 and don’t forget to follow @HGStephensons and like us on facebook for more innovative catering equipment.

Steelite Craft

Steelite Craft

The Steelite Craft collection was showcased by Stephensons at the Caffé Culture Show last month and proved to be popular amongst hospitality businesses looking for fresh ideas.

The Craft collection is inspired by traditional craft potters of years gone by and offers a unique dining experience. The natural warmth of Craft is created with beautiful lustrous glazes applied by hand that react in the Kiln, giving naturally occurring patterns and a distinct appearance.

The new range is available at Stephensons in blue, green, brown, terracotta and grey, new for 2013 and trending according to leading experts in the catering and hospitality industry.

The natural colours compliment the simple designs of the plates, bowls, cups and cookware in the Craft collection.

What’s more, all items in the Craft collection are covered by a lifetime edge-chip warranty, an assurance of long term performance and reliability.


Stephensons to showcase its on-trend cafe wares at next week’s Caffé Culture Show

As mentioned previously, Stephensons Catering Equipment Suppliers will be debuting at this year’s Caffé Culture Show next Wednesday and Thursday (15th & 16th May) at London’s Olympia. With less than a week to go, all the team are busy preparing!

We are sharing stand F6 at the show with Metcalfe Catering Equipment, one of the premier manufacturers and suppliers of commercial food preparation equipment in the UK.

We will be bringing some of the latest product trends to London for the Caffé Culture Show including Duralex, Steelite and Dudson coffee cups and saucers, and Elia buffetware, perfect for creating a memorable visual experience for customers.

For those looking to keep up-to-date with the latest presentation trends and wanting to move away from traditional white tableware, we will also be showcasing Churchill’s vintage print high tea range and Steelite Craft, a rustic range. On display will also be the new Dudson Evolution Granite range, perfect if you want your establishment to replicate this season’s colour of choice, grey.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!

For further information visit the Caffé Culture Show website.

More good news for British manufacturer Steelite

Steelite crockery, The UK’s largest tableware manufacturer and supplier to leading hotel chains Hilton and Four Seasons, has announced it will create 230 jobs at its Stoke-on-Trent production facility to capitalise on soaring overseas demand.

Having recently received a Queen’s Awards for Enterprise to mark its outstanding exporting performance, Steelite’s announcement of new jobs is great news for The Potteries and a clear sign that high-quality British-made products still appeal to the international market.

2012 saw Steelite’s sales rise by 6 per cent to over £70 million, a figure made up largely by expanding markets in the US, Asia and South America.

Stephensons Catering Equipment Suppliers proudly stocks a wide range of Steelite crockery, including the popular Steelite Distinction range.

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