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Acorn Stairlifts are "A Major Success Story"

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Acorn Stairlifts are one of the major success stories being highlighted in the Year of Manufacturing campaign being led by Bradford Council.

The Stairlift Powder Coating Factory At Steeton West Yorkshire

The Steeton-based manufacturer was established in 1992 and now employs more than 1,000 people worldwide but the heart of the firm, which has an annual turnover of more than £80m, is in the Bradford district where around 500 staff work.

Company Secretary Dave Belmont said: "In only 20 years, we have grown from nothing to one of Yorkshire's top 150 companies exporting to more than 60 countries worldwide."

"More than 50 per cent of our sales are overseas. An Acorn Stairlift is installed somewhere in the world every 14 minutes."

Acorn has been at the vanguard of advances in stairlift design, safety and improving quality. It pioneered the use of DC battery power which allows stairlifts to continue working in the event of a power cut, a system which is now the industry-standard.

Last year, the company successfully launched FastTrack whereby it can install stairlifts on non-standard, curved staircases within days - in some cases the very next day.

The rail components for FastTrack are produced at Steeton where the company has installed a special manufacturing line and powder coating facility.

Councillor David Green, leader of Bradford Council, said: "Acorn Stairlifts are an excellent example of a successful Bradford-based manufacturer and exporter. During the Year of Manufacturing we want to highlight the achievements of companies like this and show just how strong the Bradford manufacturing sector is."

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