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Announcing the acquisition of William Edwards Limited



Stoke-on-Trent March 6, 2020

Steelite International, the world-leading manufacturer and supplier of award-winning tableware and buffet solutions for the hospitality industry announces the acquisition of William Edwards Limited. The announcement comes on the heels of Arbor's acquisition of Steelite International, announced in December of 2019, fuelling Steelite's expansion and global product offerings.  

William Edwards Limited, founded in 1993 by William Edwards in Stoke-on-Trent, is known globally for its fine bone china servicing famous brands across the world. This includes collaborations with Michelin-star chefs like Brett Graham and Tom Kerridge to design stunning yet practical tableware collections. Their excellent reputation in servicing four and five-star hotels is second to none and includes a roster of high profile customers, including Jumeirah, Rosewood London, Claridge's, Four Seasons Hotel, The Connaught, The Dorchester, and the Historic Royal Palaces. 

"We are so pleased to welcome William Edwards and his team at WE Limited to Steelite International,” said John Miles, President, and CEO, Steelite International. "Our goal with all our iconic brands is to provide customers with exceptional quality, creative design, and unparalleled service; William Edwards is a perfect fit!"

“WE Ltd are very excited to be joining Steelite International,” said William Edwards. “We see this as the perfect fit for our ambitions of future worldwide brand growth. The combination of Steelite International’s unrivaled global reach, with both of our U.K. based factories in Stoke-on-Trent working in unison, will undoubtedly allow our passion and creativity in tableware to thrive in the future.”

The acquisition of William Edwards Limited will strengthen Steelite's position in the luxury tableware sector, while at the same time powering William Edward's growth in the development, design, and manufacturing of luxury dinnerware.   Both Steelite and William Edwards will continue to operate from their current facilities in Stoke-on-Trent, the heartland of England's ceramics industry, since the late 1700s. 

About Steelite International

Steelite International is the leading manufacturer and supplier of award-winning tabletop and buffet products for the global hospitality industry. Listening to customers has allowed Steelite to offer innovative solutions in china, metal, glass, wood, melamine, and buffet. Dual headquarters, located in New Castle, PA, and Stoke-On-Trent UK, along with a 500,000 square foot manufacturing facility, enables Steelite to service over 140 countries. Steelite is committed to providing the best in functionality and design while minimising the effect on our environment.

About William Edwards

A passion for shape, design, and traditional British craftsmanship is the inspiration behind every piece of William Edwards chinaware. Established in 1993 by William Edwards, a graduate of The Royal College of Art London, William Edwards specialises in the design and manufacture of fine bone chinaware for both luxury hospitality and retail clients worldwide.

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