Welcome to Stronghold, the UK’s leading manufacturer of curtain systems – for all types of commercial vehicles.
The Stronghold brand has been established for over 50 years and has become a byword for quality and reliability, coupled with competitive pricing and a customer service that is second to none.
All production takes place at our custom-built facility in Hertfordshire, supplying products to trailer manufacturers, bodybuilders and transport companies.
Related products also include sliding roof and bodywork systems, vehicle body parts as well as load restraint systems to suit all applications.
A truly global company, Stronghold also exports components and finished curtains – worldwide.
Plastic Protections (Southgate) Ltd was created by Lance Rowell for the production of Anti-Freeze Quilts for the construction industry. The initial production was from his home in Enfield with the help from his wife and young family. Lance Rowell retired in 1993 but instigated a succession of change through his sons Pat and Andrew, who continues the development of the family business.
Production moved to a new facility at Northwold Road, Hackney, East London. The production of Anti-Freeze Quilts was then complimented by the introduction of Tarpalite TM tarpaulins to be used within the construction industry for winter building protection.
Company changed name to Plastic Protections Ltd and became recognised for it's PP logo. Tarpalite tarpaulins were introduced to the road transport industry as a suitable alternative to heavy and expensive canvas sheeting.
With continued growth production moved to The Potteries, Woodgreen Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex until 1972. First FIAB high frequency track welding machine in the UK was purchased to start producing ISO Container covers and TIR Tilt covers.
First Tension Curtains produced for the Metal Box Company incorporating the unique feature of welded reinforced webbings.
With further continued growth and development for the production of TIR Tilts and Tension Curtains meant another move to Unit 12 Station Approach, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire until 1997
Lance Rowell's son Pat Rowell joins the Company becoming Managing Director in 1980 until his departure in 1988.
Additional space was required on the same industrial estate by purchasing Unit 23 Station Approach, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire until 1997. This allowed for the further expansion into the manufacture of Tension Curtains and the increasing demand for hand painted liveries.
Lance Rowell's son Andrew Rowell joins the Company becoming Managing Director in 1988 and Chairman in 1993.
Alan Skipp joins the Company as a Sales Manager becoming Managing Director in 1993 until his retirement in 2008.
Development of the patented internal load restraint Mesh Nets TM which replaced traditional webbing nets.
Development of the patented Plastic Buckle for Tension Curtains which became an alternative to steel and stainless steel buckles.
Development of the EasySlider curtain system for rigid fast access inner city delivery vehicles, particularly for the drinks and confection industry.
Development of an all Plastic Roller to compliment the Plastic Buckle for Tension Curtains and EasySlide curtains.
Stronghold Trademark registered giving the Company a new brand image to compliment the advancement of curtain designs.
Development of the Mk II Plastic Buckle & Plastic Roller and registered as EuroBuckle TM & EuroRoller TM
Alan Westwood joins the Company as a Sales Manager becoming Managing Director in 2008
Plastic Protections International Ltd was created by Andrew Rowell to promote the development & sales of the EuroBuckle & EuroRoller along with other ancillary curtain manufacturing parts to the European and World markets.
The Company takes on the exclusive distribution rights for Sesam Sliding Roof Systems.
The Company's continual expansion in the commercial graphics markets becomes branded under the name of SignStruck.
With the continual growth of the curtain making production, SignStruck graphics and overseas sales of parts by Plastic Protections International Ltd A greenfield site is purchased to custom build a new manufacturing facility and a separate warehouse and distribution facility. Units A & B Nicholson Court, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire become the state of the art facility that Stronghold operates from today.
Development of the patented RaveLock TM fastening system for FreeSider TM curtain system.
The Company forms a close collaboration with Vinyl Graphics Ltd for the production and marketing of inkjet printed curtains to the transport industry.
Plastic Protections Ltd changes it's name to Stronghold International Ltd to reinforce the Stronghold brand theme.
The Company takes on the exclusive distribution rights for Versus Omega Sliding Roof Systems.
Stronghold Goes Digital! Delivery of our first Large Format Printing machine was in November 2014. Alterations to the premises were made to accept the new technology and a major new chapter begins.
50 Years and Counting! 2015 is the 50th anniversary of Stronghold International Ltd. Look out for our special anniversary label and other special features during 2015.
Stronghold International is excited to launch a brand new online store for your curtain-sider parts and spares.
Strongspares.co.uk is a dedicated online store created specifically for parts and spares for your curtain-sider. It’s clear design, quality product images and descriptions will help customers identify the parts and spares they need with ease. With a large number of products already available on the site including rollers, buckles, fabrics, pillars and sliding roof parts, StrongSpares.co.uk will be continuingly expanding with new product lines. Strongspares.co.uk has also teamed up with DX: Delivered Exactly to offer next day delivery on orders (*for orders made before 2:30pm) to ensure any essential parts arrive as quickly as possible to keep your curtain-sider on the road.
Strongspares.co.uk is live now! Our first 100 customers can enjoy our launch 10% discount on all product lines by using the discount code “100Strong” in the checkout process.
Be sure to check it out and make your next curtain-sider spares order here: https://www.strongspares.co.uk