What are extrusion stillages and what are they used for?


If you’re in the manufacturing industry, you know how important it is to optimise your production process and streamline your operations. One area where you can make a significant impact is in your material handling and storage solutions. That’s where extrusion stillages come in. They are designed specifically for the extrusion industry and can help you maximise your space, improve your efficiency, and reduce your costs. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of extrusion stillages and why they’re an essential addition to your manufacturing operations. 


What are Extrusion Stillages?

Extrusion stillages are specialised storage and transportation containers used specifically for extruded products in industries such as plastics, metals, and construction. Extrusion refers to the process of shaping or forming materials by forcing them through a die, resulting in continuous profiles with a specific cross-sectional shape. Extrusion stillages are designed to accommodate and protect these extruded profiles during storage and transportation. 


What are the benefits of extrusion stillages over other storage options?

Extrusion stillages offer several benefits in the storage, handling, and transportation of extruded profiles including:

Enhanced protection

One of the primary benefits of this type of stillage, is the enhanced protection they provide to extruded profiles. They are designed to securely hold and support the profiles, preventing bending, deformation, or damage during storage or transport.

Space Optimisation

These specific stillages are stackable, enabling efficient utilisation of vertical space. By stacking them, floor space is maximised, providing more room for other equipment, materials, or operations in the warehouse or production area. This space optimisation contributes to a more efficient and organised working environment.

Secure Handling and Transportation 

Extrusion stillages are designed to facilitate safe and secure handling and transportation of extruded profiles. They often have suitable lifting points, such as fork pockets or lifting lugs, which enable easy loading and unloading using forklifts or cranes. The robust construction of the Stillages ensures stability during transportation, minimising the risk of profiles shifting or falling.

Durability and Reusability

Generally, extrusion stillages are constructed from durable materials, such as steel or aluminium, ensuring their longevity and ability to withstand the demands of industrial environments. They can be reused multiple times, providing a cost-effective storage and transportation solution. The durability of extrusion stillages contributes to their long-term value and reduces the need for frequent replacements.


Another advantage to these stillages is that they can be customised to suit specific requirements. They can be designed to accommodate different profile sizes, shapes, and quantities. Additional features such as removable dividers, hinged gates, or locking mechanisms can be incorporated based on the specific needs of the profiles and the production processes. 

Here at JS Burgess, our experienced technical team work closely with our customers taking into account existing product specifications, project requirements, product sizes, safe working loads, logistical problems or restraints, storage space and transportation. This customisation enhances the versatility and adaptability of extrusion stillages. 


What is the difference between extrusion stillages and profile stillages?

Extrusion stillages and profile stillages are very similar and there is no strict delineation between the two. However, it is possible to identify a subtle distinction between them based on their typical usage. 

The term ‘extrusion stillages’ primarily refers to their application in the extrusion industry. They are specifically designed to store, handle and transport extruded profiles. They are customised to accommodate the dimensions and shapes of extruded profiles, ensuring their safe storage and transportation. 

The term ‘profile stillages’ is a broader term that encompasses a wider range of profiles used in a range of industries. While extruded profiles are a subset of profiles, the term “profile stillages” can also refer to stillages designed to store and transport other types of profiles, such as metal profiles, wooden profiles, or other industrial profiles. Profile stillages cater to different profile shapes and materials.


If you’re looking for extrusion stillages, we can help

JS Burgess Engineering Ltd is the UK’s leading manufacturer of extrusion stillages, supplying tens of thousands of Stillages to the Aluminium and Plastic profile industries each year.

We have an in-house technical design team with unrivalled knowledge and experience in designing bespoke extrusion stillages. So, if you’re looking for extrusion Stillages for your business, we can help. To speak to a member of our expert team get in touch by calling +44 1663 719 300 or emailing us at enquiries@jsburgess.co.uk