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Stakapal Ltd – Supplying Racking Systems To The Distribution Chain

Clare Hollister

The UK’s specialist panel products distribution chain has become adept at responding to the fluctuating demands of both furniture manufacturers and designers. With the range of decorative panel products available in the market continuing to expand, suppliers are also having to consider increasing the storage capacity of their warehousing facilities.

Having supplied the majority of companies in this industry for many years, Stakapal have developed the necessary expertise for designing bespoke racking systems that withstand the wear and tear imposed in such busy working environments. Some of the specialist distributors hold literally thousands of product lines many of which must be available to their customers within 24 – 48 hours. Valuable stocks of decorative panel products, worktops, laminates, flooring and solid surfacing all require effective storage systems that will maximise their picking rates.

One of their recent installations at Hanson Plywood’s site in Halifax, West Yorkshire involved updating and adding to some of the existing Stakapal Cantilever Racking in their warehouse. Hanson’s import, store and distribute a comprehensive range of wood based panel products throughout the UK, taking great pride in both the technical knowledge of their team and delivering excellent customers service levels. The original racks were initially installed at their site approximately 10 years ago, demonstrating both the durability and longevity of Stakapal’s range.

Hanson Plywood’s Operations Director, Steve Webster commented:

“There is one simple reason we continue working with Stakapal and that’s through the expertise they bring to every job. They can use their extensive experience in the industry to improve our operations and increase our storage”.

Conventional Cantilever Racking

The process

As leading UK manufacturers of a full range of storage equipment Stakapal have the design capabilities to solve literally any storage problem. Their Technical Engineers start with a free visit to your site to ascertain the available storage area, the type of trucks you will be using and lifting heights. They’ll also determine the range of products you are storing along with appropriate weights and dimensions. Their team guide you through the full process from design and manufacture through to the installation of their racking systems. 

So what are the options for panel products storage?

Panel products can be stored extremely efficiently on any of their Cantilever Racking systems as the full range offers 100% accessibility to individual products. Designed and manufactured to suit specific pack sizes their systems are highly versatile whilst delivering a much safer working environment.

Stakapal’s Conventional Cantilever Racking is commonly used by the industry as it is designed for both the storage and selection of multiple lengths of product. The system is suitable for use with the majority of fork-lift trucks, can be easily installed, adapted or even repositioned should your stock-holding requirements alter.

For storing products at even higher levels, their Guided Aisle Cantilever Racking systems will provide you with the additional capacity you need. The runs of racking for this type of system are installed closer together to fully maximise the cubic area and operates with specialist trucks using a guide-rail system to avoid damage to the overall racking structure.

Guided Aisle Cantilever Racking


As Full manufacturing members of SEMA (Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association) Stakapal’s products are independently tested to guarantee that they have been designed, manufactured and installed to stringently defined standards. 

The company play a proactive role in the development of standards for the storage industry in the UK which not only guarantees that customers investing in their racking systems are improving the performance levels of their operation but are effectively protecting their employees. Their range of Cantilever Racking systems are designed to the SEMA Code of Practice for the design of Static Cantilever Racking and/or FEM 10-2-09 and/or BS5950 Part 5 and/or BS EN 1993 -1-3 (Eurocode 3). 

Safety first

Once their Racking systems have been manufactured Stakapal’s full range is installed by their own in-house installation teams who are registered with SEIRS (Storage Equipment Installers Registration Scheme). This means their customers are safe in the knowledge that their new racking is to be installed by trained and experienced personnel.

Stakapal’s service doesn’t end once your racking has been installed, their team of SARI’s (SEMA Approved Racking Inspectors) will visit your site to perform an annual racking inspection and produce a comprehensive report as per current HSG76 guidance (Warehouse and Storage: a Guide to Health & Safety).

Their team will be more than happy to discuss any requirements you may have for your warehouse facility, and with over 55 years of manufacturing expertise behind them they’re confident in their ability to design optimum solutions for literally any storage issue. Their UK production facility includes a range of modern manufacturing equipment with roll forming lines, press braking cells, robotic welders and a fully automated powder coating system.

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