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Our 5S Workplace

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As part of our continual improvement and growth, we are upgrading our practices this year to incorporate 5s workplace principles. 5s is a philosophy originating in Japan as a way of organising and managing your workspace. The intention is to improve efficiency by eliminating waste, improving work flow and eliminating unnecessary processes. 5s is broken down into stages (funnily enough …

Starbank Christmas Bake Off

Helping Our Local Community

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As Christmas time approaches we start to think of those less fortunate than ourselves and its this time of year were we like to give back to our community as well as charitable organisations close to our hearts. This year we decided to have a fundraising day, that included wearing Christmas jumpers/ accessories, a guess the baby competition with baby …

fire door safety week

Fire Door Five: Shutting the door on fire and smoke

Starbank IT Industry News

Today marks the start of Fire Door Safety Week. This campaign ids designed to raise awareness of the importance of fire safety within the both commercial, public and residential buildings. The Grenfell Tower disaster is one high profile example that shows the world that without proper fire regulated materials, checks and procedures in place within all phases of a building …

5 axis Formers

Taking Shape with our 5 Axis CNC

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Since the installation of our Homag BMG 512 5 axis CNC, we have been able to take on your 3D projects. Our dedicated CAD team have built up their techniques and knowledge to handle the variety of 5 axis model work we have produced up to date. With some quite challenging projects under our belt, we are continually progressing and …

Arpa Launches Fenix NTA

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After three years of research and with a patent pending Fenix NTA™ has been launched by Arpa. Fenix NTA is a smart material. It has an empowered brushed metal surface, with all the added benefits of the Fenix structure. It can be used for both horizontal and vertical applications and can be machined with standard carpenter tools. Fenix NTA’s unique …

Homag SWT 725 Calibrator

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As our Shield Fire doors have become increasingly popular within the fire door market we are taking control of all the processes involved. This has resulted in us acquiring a Homag SWT 725 Calibrator. This piece of machinery will allow to keep the calibration of all door cores in house, improving our lead times and giving us complete control of …

Starbank’s Power Lifters

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No our staff aren’t in training for the world’s strongest man competition as the title of this blog may suggest. In fact we have actually taken the weight out of moving our panels from machine to machine by installing several vacuum lifting systems. These lifts will assist our staff in manoeuvring and turning over large panels. They allow for less staff …

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Office Design Trends in 2017

Starbank IT Industry News

What people expect and need from their office environment is ever-changing and evolving. With the new thinkers such as Google and Apple designing the ultimate office environment for their workers, these new spaces are thankfully a far cry away from the stereotypical stuffy, segregated offices that some of us have had to endure in the past (and in some unfortunate circumstances still do!). …


Eggers Decorative Collection 17-19

Starbank IT Industry News

From a comprehensive range of decors to a full suite of supporting products and services … everything has been designed to allow you to work with speed, confidence and success. Egger’s 9-Grid is an orientation system that allows a fast, direct comparison between colours and shades as well as clustering woodgrains and materials according to their character. This enables you to quickly …

4 Shades of Velvet from LG Hausey

Starbank IT Industry News

The new colours belonging to the Solid range, take inspiration from the beauty of the natural world including rich organic pigments and tactile materials such as leather and raw clay. Mink, Evergreen, Cosmic Blue and Suede join together to create atmospheric finishes for the highest quality solid surface material. The Velvet Colours will add a balanced and authentic sophistication to any environment. All colours are …

Big Investments for 2017

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After planning and moving our factory operations into our new 116,000 sq ft manufacturing space last year, we will be investing in further technology in 2017. Our senior management team have put in place a business development plan which will take us well into 2020. Starting this year we are hoping to expand our solid surface and fire door manufacturing departments, …

Our Carbon Conscious Christmas.

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The holiday season is fast approaching us and its normal at this time to start running around the country with bottles of alcohol and chocolates like mad people…. Of course we are saying thank you – a huge thank you – to the businesses who help us to keep the lights on, our people employed and our company alive and …

STARlite Sales Soar

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Traditionally the most common method to achieve a thicker profile panel was to bond a number of core boards together, but despite the introduction of lightweight panels the finished products can still be heavy, difficult to use traditional fixings, and sometimes impractical as a finished piece. Starbank’s solution to this problem is the design and development of STARlite®. A lightweight composite …

Real Concrete Laminate Panels

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Laminate production is always evolving. Keeping up with interior trends, whilst offering timeless decors. Texture has played a large role in keeping laminate production at the forfront with designers. Wood patterns with matching grain texture has and always will be popular. with the industrial interior trend giving no sign of slowing down, raw, textured decors have been emerging from almost …

Starbank Turns 40!

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It was on this day in 1976 that Starbank Panel Products began. Established by Gordon and Kath Darbyshire, they set out their business from 6000 sq ft of rented manufacturing space in Wigan and trading began. Initially supplying the caravan industry with interior panel products, Gordon and Kath; with the help of one employee started to grow the business.  By 1991 the …

Formica Axiom: Surfaces for Kitchen Living

Starbank IT Industry News

Modern kitchen living is social. Space needs to be multi functional and blend with your life, seamlessly integrated surfaces can make this happen. The kitchen has and still is the heart of the home. Not only a food preparation area any more, the kitchen has become the social hub were family and friends catch up, eat and socialise together. This has called for …

Kronospan Trends 16/17

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Kronospan’s new collection Trends 16/17 is the perfect fusion of WOOD, STONE and METAL. It complements the largest Kronospan surface collection Kronodesign with 11 new contemporary wood designs, 6 real brushed metals and 10 worktop designs. Kronodesign® have further increased their collection with 27 new designs. These include 11 new contemporary wood designs from Nordic influenced beeches to Italian blushed walnuts and maritime aged timbers. For the utmost design appeal, Kronospan have also …

Fire Door Safety Week

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Fire Door Safety Week is all about raising awareness of this critical element of fire safety in every commercial, public and multiple occupancy building The brainchild of the British Woodworking Federation, the BWF-CERTIFIRE Fire Door Scheme and the UK’s Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS), the initiative aims to raise awareness of the critical role of fire doors, drawing attention to specific issues such as poor …

Starbank Scale Snowdon

Starbank Staff Scale Snowdon

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With the recent loss of Alan Elms, a very valued and respected member of the Starbank team who lost his battle with cancer aged 46 in April this year, Starbank staff wanted to honour his memory by climbing Mount Snowdon. Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales standing 1085 meters above sea level. The day started with an early rise as …