Three generations of STAS
Did you know the name STAS actually comes from the small village of Stasegem? That’s the location where everything started in the early years of the 20th century. But let’s go back to the year of 1899 where we meet Jan Heyse, who’s a blacksmith in Aarsele and has 2 sons: Urbain and Leon Heyse. In 1934 they moved to Stasegem and shoed horses and repaired wheels of carts. As times evolved and the transportation industry switched from horses to motorised vehicles, the brothers went with the times and switched to making trailers. The ambitious brothers kept innovating their range and started manufacturing agricultural vehicles and went on to produce the very first STAS trailers.
In the 1960’s Willy Heyse and his wife Lydie took over and in 1974 they relocated the company to Waregem as they needed more space to grow. STAS’s headquarters remain in Waregem to this day. STAS started producing trailers out of aluminium and further diversified the STAS range as the company manufactured customised trailers. This is also where the first steps were made in incorporating machines into the production process.
Around the 1990’s, their son Francis Heyse, veered the company towards a specialisation in tippers and moving floor trailers. The dealer network started its expansion to over 40 certified STAS dealers in over 20 countries across Europe. Production was ramped up significantly due to automation without compromising on thorough craftsmanship and product excellence. The design of the STAS trailers was further refined to excel in design and user comfort.
STAS, a three-generation family company, currently produces steel and aluminium tippers and moving floor trailers in 4 factories: Waregem (Belgium), Tournai (Belgium), Freudenberg (Germany) and Medías (Romania). Together these factories employ over 500 employees and produce a yearly average of 1.800 tippers and 900 moving floor trailers.
A long-term pleasure
The history of STAS reflects significant growth, but also underlines the baseline: ‘Making bulk transport a long-term pleasure’. It summarises what matters to us most: sustainability in terms of trailers, people and the planet. STAS puts everything in motion to achieve the most sustainable tippers and moving floor trailers on the market and to make the transport sector green, in a sustainable way while putting our people first.
STAS is a family-owned company and thus has family values at its core. Everyone is treated with due respect and each situation is approached with a positive, can-do attitude. We encourage initiative and thrive on efficiency. We value the engagement of the employees and do everything in our power to maximise it.
Furthermore, STAS is no ordinary company. We have an agile structure to be flexible within a VUCA world. STAS employees are experts in what they do and deserve autonomy in their work and full decision-making power. Each employee has their personal challenger who supports them and challenges them in their work and private life.
Our extensive dealer network is another testament to the fact that people are at core of the company strategy. STAS is committed to building a strong and extensive network of dealers. This means each European country where STAS operates, has a first-class dealer. They provide our customers with the very best support in their own language. That’s how we’re delivering world-class service to our customers.
People are at the heart of STAS. That’s why we empower them so that they and STAS can both thrive.
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STAS is a strong and stable organisation and an established player in the sector. Our engineers are emboldened to work towards the optimal strong/light construction of our tippers and moving floor trailers. While they are perfecting the design that ensures a safe and stable driving experience for all those who meet STAS trailers, they also perfect the stability of the trailers when driving and unloading. Each trailer is unique as there are numerous specialised options available to customise your trailer to your wants, needs and type of transport. These functionalities augment the profitability and pleasantness of each drive. No option or trailer is put on the market until it has been thoroughly researched and tested.
STAS trailers are well-known for their high resale value as they are very durable and enjoy a longer than usual lifecycle.
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We are the first in Europe to switch to the construction of trailers using recycled aluminium and we are actively working on a zero-waste project. We aim to produce trailers with the longest possible longevity and to manufacture them in a sustainable way. Our ultimate goal is to produce the world’s most sustainable tippers & moving floor trailers and thus setting an example for other companies to follow. We couldn’t possible list all our sustainability projects and ambitions in this paragraph, so have a look at our full sustainability plan or our planet blogposts.
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