For more than thirty seven years, 5 Star has been at the forefront of case design, manufacture and supply of high quality products to many industry sectors. 5 Star’s core market sector is the Entertainment Industry and our staff have gained vast experience in most aspects of this sector. However, many other industries are catered for, including Medical, Optical, Telecommunications, Military and Motorsport.
5 Star is particularly well equipped to design and manufacture cases for all applications. We have the ability to tackle almost any project….large or small, complex or simple and pride ourselves on prompt and efficient service, with extremely quick delivery times. Our Sales Team can react to urgent requirements and can work closely with the client to discuss specific needs. Our Production facilities are also well equipped to cope with tight deadlines.
In 2000, 5 Star Cases Limited further strengthened its position by acquiring Mossman Trunks. This added the classic brand and along with it, the popular range of school trunks and luggage to 5 Star’s already extensive range of cases and foam inserts. Since acquiring Mossman, the 5 Star Group has added many new products to existing range, including coffee table trunks, bedside cabinets and laundry baskets. All of which find many uses around the home.
More recently, 5 Star Group added Pro-Tect Bags & Covers to its manufacturing facilities. Pro-Tect produces high quality padded bags and covers for a wide variety of applications and industries which compliment the extensive range of case products produced by 5 Star.
- 1981 – 5 Star Cases is founded by John Sparrow.
- 1988 – Monkey Business Music Ltd. acquires 5 Star Cases from John Sparrow.
- 1989 – Wisbech-based Flexiplas Ltd. acquires 5 Star Cases.
- 1991 – Flexiplas Ltd. acquires Ipswich-based Pro-Tect Cases.
- 1992 – Flexiplas Ltd. is sold to Beaverco PLC. Jim Willis and Lesley Jones retains 5 Star Cases.
- 1993 – Keith Sykes, formerly of Pro-Tect Cases is made a director and shareholder of 5 Star Cases Ltd.
- 1999 – 5 Star invests in its first CNC machine.
- 1999 – Company moves to new premises on the outskirts of Wisbech.
- 2000 – 5 Star Cases Ltd. acquires Mossman® Trunks Ltd.
- 2004 - A second CNC machine is added to production
- 2008 – Keith Sykes acquires 5 Star Cases Ltd., Mossman® Trunks Ltd., and 5 Star Group Holdings Ltd. is incorporated. Jim Willis retires.
- 2010 - Investment in a third CNC machine is made.
- 2014 – Pro-Tect Bags & Covers is set up to compliment the range of products.
- 2015 – Justin Locks is made a director and shareholder of 5 Star Cases Ltd.
- 2016 – 5 Star Cases Ltd. sets up a manufacturing plant in Dongguan, China.
- 2018 - The company exceeds 90 staff at its site in Wisbech.
The company is based in the heart of the East Anglian Fens and occupies a site of more than 35,000 square feet which includes production, administration and storage facilities. It is well equipped with modern production systems including three Multicam large-format CNC machining centres, three automatic and semi-automatic extrusion profile saws, four hot-melt adhesive systems and three foam bandknife saws. Together with two die-cut hydraulic foam presses, extrusion profile punches and a panel laminating line, this ensures 5 Star’s manufacturing capabilities are second to none.
Currently 5 Star Group has around seventy staff, across all departments...many of whom have been with the company for many years. Training is a key part of our operation and staff from all departments take part in regular sessions including Health & Safety, Marketing and other business-related topics.
Late 2016 - 5 Star Cases China was set up to compliment our UK manufacturing facility. Based in the Dongguan town of Fenggang, close to Shenzhen and Guangzhou, this facility mirrors the UK operation and is dedicated to serving the many OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) in Southern China. In addition to this, worldwide customers who purchase equipment from vendors in China have the benefit of 5 Star's Fenggang case manufacturing operation, where we can deliver products direct to the vendor, for onward shipping with the equipment in the cases! Click the link o the right to see more information.
5 Star Cases China uses quality materials and hardware predominantly from Penn Elcom, which, coincidentally is located in the same town. Whilst there will obviously be some minor differences, cases produced in our Fenggang facility are to the same high quality as our UK-supplied products. Currently, all designs, quotations and CAD drawings are produced by in our UK office.