History Of Star Rapid

From The Founder Of Star Rapid

When I got on the plane in London on July 15, 2005 to travel to China to set up Star Rapid, I knew I was entering a new era in my life. I knew I would face challenges building a business in a new country like China and I knew I had a lot to learn. China had a reputation for bad quality, miscommunication and late deliveries, but despite this I saw an opportunity to provide a new experience for those who wished to manufacture their products in China.

Sitting on that plane I promised myself that when I got to China I would run my business exactly the way I had ran my business in the UK. I would conform to European standards throughout and aim for extremely high efficiency. I would assume that I had huge competition even if I didn’t and decided that I would hire foreign engineers to come and teach our Chinese employees how to make high-quality parts. I also decided I would hire educated, young Chinese graduates and personally train them from the ground up. Most of our project managers now speak great English.

Now, after years of heavily investing in our inspection and quality control activities we offer the highest of standards at a great price due to our location in China. We have more than 20 full-time inspectors and have invested more than USD 500,000 on the latest metrology equipment including a newly arrived Zeiss Comet blue/white light scanner for scanning 3D shapes and a Bruker Alpha FTIR for identifying plastics.

My commitment to my customers is that we aim to provide you with a unique service from China that conforms with the best that the world has to offer. Our international team of engineers and managers will support you through the manufacturing process to ensure your project is a success. By dedicating ourselves to constant improvement and by going above and beyond to ensure our customers realize their vision, we have become known internationally as a trusted thought leader and a true industry innovator. Continue reading to learn more about our journey to where we are today as a world leading prototyping and low-volume manufacturing provider.

Journey of Star Rapid

Journey of Star Rapid


Gordon Styles


Star Prototype is founded by Gordon Styles and registered in Hong Kong as a start-up with just an $8,000 USD initial investment.


Relocated to China

Relocated to China

Gordon Styles relocates to mainland China full-time.


old logo on the box

Received First Order

Star Prototype receives first order. A small sales office is established in Dongguan, Guangdong – heart of the manufacturing hub in the Pearl River Delta.


Gordon and James

Hired First Employee

Star hires first employee, Mr. James Li, who proves to be invaluable in helping to negotiate the complexities of establishing a successful business in the Chinese market.


Established Office in Zhongshan

Established Office in Zhongshan

Star Prototype representative office founded in Zhongshan, Guangdong, with four employees.


new office building

Opened Factory

Star Prototype Manufacturing Limited Wholly Owned Foreign Enterprise (WOFE) established in the Zhongshan Torch Development Zone with their own factory and 50 employees.


cnc machine shop

Expanded Capabilities

In five years, Star went from opening their factory with 50 employees, to booking sales of $14M USD, with 186 employees, 21 CNC machines in a factory space of 42,000 ft2


Acquired 3D Metal Printer

Acquired 3D Metal Printer

Star takes possession of a Renishaw AM250 DMLM 3D metal printer, the first such printer in commercial use in China.


HAAS machine programming

Launched AddSub® Service

Star imports the first 5-axis HAAS precision machining center in China. Star Prototype launches their AddSub® service, providing customers with a one-stop shop for additive and subtractive manufacturing. This allows Star to position itself as one of the first full-service additive and subtractive manufacturing and prototyping companies in the world.


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Rebranded to Star Rapid

Star Prototype rebrands to Star Rapid to reflect that they provide more than just prototyping services. The new brand was adopted to reflect their rapid prototyping, rapid tooling, 3D metal printing and low-volume manufacturing services.


Looking Forward To The Future

Looking Forward To The Future

Star continues to be wholly owned by Gordon Styles, who is committed to investing in utilizing the most advanced techniques and equipment. Star Rapid currently employs over 250 people and have experts all over the globe to ensure customers receive great service every time.

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