5 STAR CASES
Another leading European manufacturer of specialist cases, for the last 25 years, 5 Star Cases has focused on providing the fastest, most comprehensive, innovative and efficient services and solutions to all areas of entertainment.
Last month, Keith Sykes, 5 Star’s works director for 11 years, purchased the majority shareholdings of the company, and MD Jim Willis retired from the Wisbech-based business after a quarter of a century.
Willis and Sykes worked together for many years, building 5 Star from small beginnings, when it initially made its mark as a quality guitar and keyboard case manufacturer.
Sykes joined in June 1991 when 5 Star acquired Pro-Tect Cases, an Ipswich-based operation that he had managed for several years. The merger with Pro-Tect spearheaded 5 Star’s future development, seeing it enjoying steady growth and attaining a market-leading position.
5 Star’s current range of standard products includes the popular Eurotrucker range of general purpose road trunks, the Tour Grade chain hoist trunks and a selection of specialist luminaire cases, all designed to withstand the rigours of touring, and for the practicalities of truck packing and easy stowage during load-ins and load-outs. There is also a series of special case ranges including the PowerLift, complete with an in-built table lift for plasma screens, plus manual and IR control.
Bespoke projects are designed and constructed to the client’s exact requirements and specifications.
5 Star has a pro-active training policy for all its employees — production, administration, technical and sales — which helps ensure they can share the same enthusiasm and commitment or quality and service as the management team.
It also engages in active and ongoing investment in the latest CNC machinery, IT systems and software, training equipment and property facilities.
One of 5 Star’s most recent projects involved supplying loudspeaker brand RCF UK with a complete set of 10 cases for its TTL33-A line array demonstration system.
Six Tour Grade ‘top hat’ trunks house the TTL33-A system with two modules per case, while two of 5 Star’s Euro Trucker general purpose cases are destined primarily for transporting a variety of smaller products together for various trade shows and dealer events that RCF stages around the UK. One Heavy Industrial two-way case was supplied for a pair of TT25-SMA stage monitors and one case for a pair of RCF TT08-A compact speakers.
Heavy Industrial is the slightly lighter-weight alternative to Tour Grade and was selected by 5 Star’s design team as the best option based on the equipment weight.
A 9mm ply carcass is the basis of the Heavy Industrial construction, whilst the Tour Grade trunks utilise 12mm ply throughout. Tour Grade has a 35mm aluminium angle protection on the exposed edges, whereas Heavy Industrial uses 30mm profile.
With the TT products aimed at the Touring & Theatre market, RCF UK specifically wanted cases fitting the needs of this sector. All were finished in a striking royal blue high pressure laminate (HPL), a task completed by 5 Star’s in-house screen printing team.
5 Star’s Andy Halford was RCF’s main contact. After discussing the precise requirements, Halford designed the cases. “We’ve used 5 Star before, and they have always delivered excellent service and products — they really know their business,” commented RCF UK’s Greg Oliver.